Pecan Pointers:

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2007

How to keep pecans fresh

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  Pecan growers can get cholesterol-free, heart-healthy pecans from the tree to you in about a week's time. If properly stored and handled, "tree-fresh" pecans will retain their taste and texture for as long as two years. Eighty percent of the pecans sold to consumers are shelled.

 

Pecan growers can get cholesterol-free, heart-healthy pecans from the tree to you in about a week's time. If properly stored and handled, "tree-fresh" pecans will retain their taste and texture for as long as two years. Eighty percent of the pecans sold to consumers are shelled.

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In the freezer:

Shelled pecans will keep in the freezer for up to two years, in-shell pecans even longer. They may also be frozen and refrozen without loss of flavor or texture. Store in heavy-duty sealed plastic bags.

In the refrigerator:

 

Pecan growers can get cholesterol-free, heart-healthy pecans from the tree to you in about a week's time. If properly stored and handled, "tree-fresh" pecans will retain their taste and texture for as long as two years. Eighty percent of the pecans sold to consumers are shelled.

If stored in airtight containers, shelled pecans will retain their freshness for up to nine months. In-shell pecans that are stored in a cool, dry place will stay fresh from six months to a year.

Baked pecan pies (and tarts) may be frozen for up to four months by wrapping cooled pies in plastic wrap, then in heavy-duty aluminum foil. To reheat, allow the pie to thaw, unwrapped, then place in a preheated 300-degree oven until heated through, about 15-20 minutes.

How to measure pecans:

* 1 pound pecans in the shell = 3 cups shelled

* 1 pound shelled pecans = about 4 cups pecan halves

* 1 pound shelled pecans = about 3-3/4 cups chopped



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