We always strive to provide the freshest product possible. Obviously the best time to buy your pecans is at the peak of harvest season. In Western Kentucky that is around the month of November. But what if you are not able to do this? How do we ensure that you get a fresh tasting product?
One of the secrets that your grandmother knew was that when she shelled her pecans, she immediately got them in the freezer to protect the flavor. Recent research has confirmed this practice. They found that properly harvested and dried pecans, placed in freezer-grade containers, kept their texture and flavor for over 5 years! It's the perfect survival food!
Freezing pecans slows the breakdown of the volatile oils (mono-unsaturated fats similiar to olive oil) and keeps the color and texture stable. We harvest the pecans as soon as they are ready. We clean, shell, and dry them, then get them to cold storage as soon as possible. Anything that is not to be sold within a month goes to the cooler or freezer for long term storage.
We freeze our product to keep it fresh. We highly recommend that you do the same. Our 4.5 inch square containers fit nicely in most refrigerator freezer compartments. For larger quantities, our 5 lb freezer grade bags are treated to resist moisture and odor bleed through. We also offer 20 lb boxes for commercial customers.
Pecan Storage Tips
To preserve freshness at home, store pecans in clean, dry, airtight containers. Shelled pecans are best when stored at room temperature for no more than 1 to 2 months. Even better, they can be refrigerated (< 32° F) for 6 to 10 months or frozen (< 0° F) for at least 5 years. The low moisture content of pecans allow them to be frozen and refrozen many times without losing appearance or taste.