Did you know that pecans are much more than a great pie filling? They are full of vitamin E and B complex vitamins, and are a rich source of minerals, antioxidants, and more. Pecans help your immune system, heart, and digestive health. Many health benefits – and they taste good too!
What a blessing it is to have a pecan tree in my front yard. This year there were three pecans on the tree that I jealously guarded from the two squirrels that kept trying to harvest them for their own winter store of food. (What great preppers squirrels are – we should model their gathering and storing.) The South’s drought is probably to blame for my small pecan harvest. Hopefully your harvest is better than mine! Following are some ideas for your pecans this harvest season whether you grow your own or buy them in bulk.
Pecan Pie from StartCooking.com
Even if you are a novice pie baker, you will find this one of the easiest pecan pie recipes ever and the results are yummy!
Pumpkin Pie Pecan Bars from Chicagoist
Oh, these are great! Pumpkin pie pecan bars sound like they are good and they do not disappoint! Your family will love them. They are wonderful!! Easy recipe that will get you rave reviews every time.
Like pecans, but not pie? Here are 7 Non-Pie Pecan Recipes.
How To Toast Pecans from How To Cook Like Your Grandmother
This comprehensive post on roasting or toasting pecans also covers other nuts with lots of pictures and instructions and a video.
Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans from Smitten Kitchen
This easy to follow recipe for sweet and spicy candied pecans is intended to be enjoyed with a salad but are a delicious treat by themselves.
How To Preserve Pecans For Later
You don’t have to use all of your pecans right away. They will last for several months at room temperature and then longer in the refrigerator or freezer. The University of Georgia has some great tips in this .pdf about harvesting, drying, and preserving pecans and the University of Louisiana has a chart with temperatures and shelf life. Still Tasty says that shelled pecans will keep in the freezer for up to two years!
Learn more: Nuts: Harvesting and Storing Fall’s Bounty
By the way, the squirrels beat me to the nuts. Better luck next year, I suppose. On the other hand, a friend gave me a huge bag of pecans so I can make a pecan pie after all.
Have you ever harvested your own pecans? Do you have a favorite pecan pie recipe? We’d love to hear about your experiences!