Pecans are one of the most called for nuts in many recipes. Many are not aware they must know how to pick the best pecans and how to store them properly. Not all nuts are a like so-to-speak. By having the knowledge of how to chose the best pecans and how to store them correctly is very important when you are purchasing them. Many times, people will purchase a large amount of pecans at one time so they have them all year. If you do not know what to look for in pecans you can be stuck with a large amount of bad nuts. Pecans contain antioxidants, folate, calcium, potassium, and vitamin A. They also contain a small amount of unsaturated fats which is the good kind of fat.

There are two categories of pecans. The first type of pecan are one's that have been grown on grafted trees. These are considered "improved" pecans and are larger than others and much easier to shell and remove the meat. The second type is referred to as "seedling" pecans. These have never been grafted and hard more difficult to shell and to remove the meat. Never purchase pecans that have already been bagged and sealed. One of the reasons for not purchasing these pre-packaged pecans is you really need to look at them, crack open a few and try them. This is the best method for finding out what type of pecan you are purchasing. By inspecting them closely you will be able to determine the freshness of the pecan.

Fresh pecans that have been shelled must be placed in the refrigerator or freezer in order to prevent them from turning rancid. It is the oils in the nut which cause them to turn rancid if they are not stored correctly. It is best to have a good supply of plastic bags that are made specifically for freezer storage handy when shelling pecans to be placed in the freezer. If you prefer to store the shelled pecans in the refrigerator, a zip-lock top plastic storage bag works wells. Plastic storage containers with tight fitting lids can also be used. By following this method, the pecans will maintain their freshness, texture, and flavor. Although it is not recommended, shelled pecans can be stored outside of the freezer or refrigerator by placing them in the baggie's or containers and putting them in a cool and dark place such as a pantry. Shelled pecans stored in the refrigerator will keep for up to nine months. Shelled pecans stored in the freezer will keep for up to two years. If you chose to store the shelled pecans in a pantry they will keep for one to two months.