Pecans, Pecans and more pecans!

We are so blessed to live in rural Georgia.

Laid back, easy pace of life.

I grew up watching Little House on the Prairie and always wanted to be Laura Ingalls. I grew up in the suburbs of Wilmington, Delaware. Nice little neighborhood. But it wasn’t Walnut Grove. We didn’t have Ma making homemade pies sitting on the window to cool or berry picking or fishing for dinner. Those things just looked wonderful to me. Somehow I over looked the fact that in the winter they had to use a bathroom that was 100 feet away from the house and probably smelled horrible, that walking to school every day a few miles would be no big deal, no phones, no close neighbors, nothing really to do when it got dark except read or sew by candle light.

The things we take for granted when we watch a show like that.

But I still love the idea of it all. And living here in a small town I can give my kids just a little of it.

And they can still come home to the x-box and TV and computer and calling friends, blah, blah, blah.

One of my favorite ways of putting a “little House on the Prairie” in our lives is when it’s Pecan season.

Everywhere you look around here, there are Pecan trees (Georgia is the #1 producer of Pecans.) Fields of them grown by commercial farmers, old farm houses with rows and even the yards where neighborhoods were built in old pecan groves.

We’ve always been fortunate enough to be able to pick up other peoples pecans or pick them up at the city park. And I realize that some of the “city folk” might not know a thing about this so I took some pictures when we went picking this last time.

So from the tree to the table (so to speak)

Pecans-From Tree to Table

It’s like a treasure hunt, you spot one among the leaves

Then you find more

If you don’t want to bend over to pick them up, there are tools, picker uppers

This one is a slinky on a dowel, you can fill it up in no time flat!

So you gather all your pecans, we usually only spend a few hours picking them up. And all the kids go with me to do it.

Now you have pounds and pounds of pecans IN THE SHELL.

No way anyone wants to shell all those nuts, so it’s off to get them cracked.

First they weigh them cause they charge by the pound

Then it’s into the cracking machine for our nuts

When you get your nuts cracked, they give you everything back, shells, dust and nuts, wrapped up tight in paper bags

Oh and just a note-most of the farmer’s pecans are going off to China, probably why the price is so high in the stores

Those giant bags in the background are China bound

Now back home to the kitchen table and time to clean off the shells and dust

So now that we have all these wonderful pecans, what to do with them.

Well, we throw them in everything, stuffing, sausage balls, cookies galore…

Here are 2 easy recipes for a sweet pecan snack when you just need a little something to nibble on. Both recipes come from our old Church cookbook “Feeding the Flock” from Grace Baptist Church.

Bobbie’s Cinnamon Glazed Nuts

1 cup sugar
4 Tablespoons evaporated milk
2 teaspoons water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups pecans

Mix sugar, milk, water and cinnamon in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.

Let boil for 3 minutes then remove from heat, stir in vanilla and then pecans.

Coat pecans well.

Pour out on waxed paper and separate quickly.

Let cool and store in air tight container.

Spiced Nuts

1 egg white
1 Tablespoon water
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups pecans

In a large bowl combine sugar, cinnamon and salt, set aside.

In a separate large bowl, beat egg white and water together with a whisk until frothy.

Add pecans to egg mixture, coat well.

Pour coated nuts into sugar mixture and coat well.

Spread out pecans on a foil lined baking sheet. Place in a preheated 300 degree oven for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to loosen.

Once cool, store in an air tight container.

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Comments

  1. Such a fun post! Thanks for sharin’ your pecan adventures and those yummy recipes!

  2. How interesting and such a process just to get them. Now I see why they’re so expensive but they are worth it. Great recipes too!

  3. My great grandmother had a big, huge pecan tree in her yard. I remember collecting pecans for hours at her place.

    BUT WHERE WAS THAT DARN PICKER-UPPER THEN?!?

    Great stroll down memory lane! Hadn’t thought about that in years.

  4. What a fascinating post! Pecans are my absolute favourite nut, and they’re fairly pricey here in the UK too. Great to see how they’re harvested. You get your pecans like we forage for our blackberries in the summer ;-)

    Paula @ Spoons ‘n’ Spades

  5. Thanks everyone!

    @Carrie experimental-we wouldn’t have them if we had to buy them, I’ve heard in some places they’re going for $20 a pound.

    @Sassy Carrie, that one with the slinky was home made, just go out and make yourself one, lol

    @Paula, We try to pick anything we can, pecans, blackberries, blueberries, pears. We are so fortunate that if we don’t have the crop, a friend does and is willing to share. We just planted more blueberry plants this past week so fingers crossed for a great crop this summer!

  6. Joan, this is wonderful! I have a similar recipe that was handed down to me and is a favorite in our family. I have it on my blog but absolutely do not have all the terrific photos to go along with it. Love every last bit! (And I watched Little House on the Prairie every Monday night, too!)

  7. Joan I love love love this post … and the recipes look AMAZING! Thank you for sharing your pecan adventures with us. I’m sharing and pinning and definitely going to make those yummy recipes.

  8. Wow! I wish I had a place to go and get mine cracked! I’ve spent days and days shelling pecans! Your recipes are great too! :-)

  9. I love it! We have several mature pecan trees, but they haven’t done very well the past couple of years :-( I miss just being able to go in the backyard to get some!

  10. How fun!! I wish I lived near pecan trees. That looks like a blast. Pecans are amazing, but so darn expensive! Those recipes looks delicious as well!

    • Rachel, I’m so thankful we have access to the trees. Just like anything else that is good for you, the prices get so high. My hubby loves walnuts but he gets them maybe twice a year.

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