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Pecans, how to decide which ones to buy and how to store them

By Edited Oct 3, 2015 1 0

Pecans in the tree

Pecans are a good source of protein and unsaturated fats. Pecans are rich in omega-6 fatty acids, although pecans contain about half as much omega-6 as walnuts.

A diet rich in nuts can lower the risk of gallstones in women. The antioxidants and plant sterols found in pecans are said to reduce high cholesterol by reducing the "bad" LDL cholesterol levels.

Things You Will Need

plastic freezer bags
glass jars with sealable lids

Step 1

"Pecan" is from an Algonquian word, meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack. It is pronounced in various parts of the US as pi-KAHN, pi-KAN, PEE-kahn, or PEE-kan. In Mexico, pecans and walnuts share the same Spanish name, nuez, which in English means nut.

Step 2

Pecans are perishable because of their high oil content and they must be stored properly to maintain good quality. At home, un-shelled pecans can be stored in a cool, dry place. Shelled pecans should be either refrigerated or frozen.

Refrigerating or Freezing
Pecan nuts must be stored away from air and light. Pecans will also readily absorb odors from almost any material, including other fruits and vegetables. The best way to store is using vacuum-sealed bags or jars. If you don't have a vacuum sealer, zipper lock bags or airtight containers will work. Be sure and press out all of the air possible before storage. Place sealed bags or vacuum packages in the refrigerator or freezer. When frozen pecans can be thawed and refrozen repeatedly during the two-year freezing period without loss of flavor or texture.

Step 3

When buying pecans, look for plump pecans that are uniform in color and size.
Shelled pecans can be kept in the refrigerator for about nine months or for up to two years in the freezer.

Pecans can be thawed and refrozen repeatedly during the two-year freezing period without loss of flavor or texture.

Airtight containers, such as jars with lids, are best for storing pecans in the refrigerator.

Sealed plastic bags are best for storing pecans in the freezer.

In-shell pecans can be stored in a cool, dry place for six to 12 months.
After removal from cold storage, pecans will stay good for an additional two months.

Step 4

Pecan Pie (24015)
How to make Pecan Pie with Jello Pudding.
It's moist, and not as dry as any other pecan pie. Everytime I make this I get raves and requests for the recipe.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:

1- 3-1/4 oz. package Jello Vanilla Pudding Mix(don't use instant pudding)
1 -cup white Karo corn syrup
1 -cup Pecans, chopped
1- 8 inch pie shell
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 -egg, lighty beaten

Step 1...
Blend pudding with evaporated milk.
Add Karo corn syrup and egg, stirring to blend well.
Add pecans.

Step 2...
Pour into pie shell.

Step 3...
Bake at 375 degrees, or until top begins to crack.
About 40 minutes.

April is National Pecan Month - a time to celebrate the "All American Nut" for its delicious taste and many benefits for health. Pecans are the only tree nut indigenous to North America, and they have a lot of history on this continent. In recent years, research has shown pecans are also a great natural source of antioxidants (vitamin E), fiber, protein, and other vitamins and minerals.

April 6, 2001, the goodness and wholesome of pecans was proclaimed in the U.S. Congressional Record, and National Pecan Month was established. Senator Max Cleland (D-Georgia) asked his colleagues to join him in celebrating National Pecan Month, which now takes place every April.
Albany Georgia is said to be the pecan capitol of the United States.



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