Most people enjoy nuts if allergic reactions aren’t part of the equation, and there’s a good reason for this. Not only are nuts healthier than packaged, processed snacks, they are still tasty, and small enough that can make a great between-meal supplement without adding too many calories. Continue reading
As a pecan lover, you were likely treated to an abundance of pecan gifts this holiday season. While you’d probably love to eat them all over the next couple weeks, it may make more sense to store your pecan gifts until later in the year. Use the following tips to help store your pecans. Continue reading
If you’ve ever attempted to grow pecans, you’re likely well aware of the patience required. Over the past few years, growers’ job has required even more patience, however, thanks to an annoying pest. The pecan weevil has been disrupting pecan crops and harvests throughout the country. Although the pecan weevil has not yet dramatically affected Louisiana pecans, precautions should still be taken to protect your harvest. Continue reading
It’s no secret that holiday gift giving isn’t always easy. Figuring out that perfect gift for someone who is hard to buy for can be difficult. But one option that is worth taking a look at is the gift of Louisiana pecans. Continue reading
Eating healthy isn’t always easy. Sticking with a nutrition plan is important, as is regular exercise to help give you the best results from your efforts. But what about snacking? It’s easy to overlook what a huge impact snacking can have on your weight loss or healthy diet plans, and it’s vital that you steer clear from things like sweets or greasy snacks, and pecans are a perfect replacement for those unhealthy options. Continue reading
Most Americans hear the word “pecan” and automatically start looking forward to eating some nuts or maybe enjoying a delicious, savory pie. But there’s so much more that you can do with pecans; one thing we think everybody should try is pecan meal. Continue reading
The pecan is not just an incredibly hardy, delicious nut; it’s an important piece of American history, and without it, neither the Native Americans that lived here before nor the colonists that came after would have had a valua-ble and tasty source of food. But even though Natchitoches Pecans is proud of our southern, Louisiana based pecans, this durable nut can grow in many more parts of the continent than just the south. Pecans can grow in the west in Mexico, and yes, they can even grow in the north, as far up as Canada! Continue reading
Whether you’re getting them for yourself or have decided that Louisiana pecans are a perfect gift for someone, you’ll still have to make a few decisions throughout the process. The reason? There are several different ways to buy pecans – from candied to cracked and all points in between. Continue reading
With the holiday season here, everybody is going to be extremely busy, and so are we! For many Americans, this is the biggest family event of the year, as people come from far and wide to celebrate the holidays, and maybe even ring in a New Year together. That means a lot of preparations are going be made, and schedules are going to fill up with all the things that need to be taken care of. Gifts, in particular, are one of those items that need checking and double checking, whether it’s a spouse, a child, or even a friend, neighbor, a co-worker, or anyone else we think fondly of. If you think someone you know would enjoy pecans for the holiday season, you still got a chance to get that gift! Continue reading
When most people think of pecans, they only think of one thing – pecan pie. And while that is certainly a delicious option, the fact is that there are plenty of other ways to enjoy pecans. Cracked pecans in particular offer lots of opportunities, since they’re already shelled and cracked and ready to go into whatever recipe you’re using.
But do you know how to use them? If you’re still stuck on just eating fistfuls raw or using them in a pie, that’s fine – but here are a few other ways to get even more enjoyment from them:
• Grinding cracked pecans into a finer form allows you to use them as breading for fried chicken, fish, and even pork chops. Just dip the meat into an egg wash, press into the pecans, and fry in light oil.
• You can also use ground cracked pecans as a filler in meatloaf or even burgers, giving these traditional staples a nutty flavor that adds something unique to them.
• Cracked pecans can be perfect for breakfast, too. Mix them into pancake or waffle batter to elevate their sweetness with a little something extra, or just mix a handful of pecans into yogurt or cereal if you’re in a hurry.
• Pies aren’t the only dessert that cracked pecans can be used for. Try adding them to ice cream or to a cake to give your favorite sweet treats something special. And of course, you can always make or buy candied pecans or things like pecan pralines.
• Pecans are also a perfect topping for salads and with the right dressing and a bit of fruit can really turn a boring salad into something special.
• You can also use pecans to add crunch to certain soups, replacing croutons with something a little more unique.
And these are just the basic options – everything from goat cheese and pecan stuffed peppers to seafood dishes with pecans are out there waiting for you to try. The only real limit is your creativity and your culinary prowess, and with a little experimenting, you may be able to create a stunning new pecan dish that your family will rave about for years to come.
Simply put, cracked pecans make a perfect addition to any kitchen, since they let you not only turn to them when you want a light, deliciously healthy snack but also when you’re looking for a unique ingredient for a recipe and aren’t sure what to use.