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How Bulk Pecans Are Produced At Stahmanns In 13 Steps

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How Bulk Pecans Are Produced At Stahmanns in 13 Steps

Within the past 100 years, pecan production has nearly doubled in the U.S.—and for the past 89 years, Stahmanns has helped America get there. But what exactly does it take to produce bulk pecans at the rapid rate needed to fulfill and satisfy our customers? Keep reading to find out how the magichappens in 13 steps.

1. This fickle fruit needs the most expert care to yield a productive harvest.

At our 3,200-acre oasis in the desert, every day leading up to harvest is spent tending to our crop. That involves routine watering, clearing debris, loosening up the soil to provide aeration and moisture, and spraying organic fertilizer onto our trees to give them every opportunity to sprout and grow.

2. Starting in October, our large hydraulic arms shake the pecans free from their trees.

With a little shake of our hydraulic arms, the bulk pecans are freed from their first homes, making their trip to the ground and soon, to customers all over the world. Fun fact: Back in the day, this process was done by hand by original harvesters and native tribes!

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3. The newly-released pecans are swept up into even rows between the trees.

Our tireless sweepers organize the fallen pecans and debris into ordered rows for gathering, preparing them for the next step in their journey. 

 

4. Pecan piles are gathered into our tractor receptacle and transported via conveyor belt to small dump trucks. 

Once the pecans and debris is ready to go in their rows, our tractors come by to load the piles onto their receptacles, which are then transported to small dump trucks on standby. This process allows the tractors to continue gathering the piles without a delay in the process, all part of our continuous harvesting system.

 

5. The piles are transferred into our massive red trailers, holding 11,000 lbs of pecans at a time.

From there, the small trucks offload their bulk pecan piles into massive red trailers waiting to be filled, holding 11,000 lbs of pecans at a time. These massive red trailers are ready to make the drive to our processing and shelling plant on the grounds. 

 

6. Trailers are whisked off past the pecan grove for processing at our onsite plant down the road.

The trailers make a short drive down the street to our onsite bulk pecan processing plant for rapid sorting, testing, and shelling. 

 

7. We sort the valuable crop from the dirt and debris onsite.

Our labyrinth of conveyor belts and machines effectively sorts our bulk pecans from the dirt and debris. 

 

8. Once sorted, the nuts are placed in soaking tanks of water and conditioner. 

The goal of this soak isn’t just to rinse off the dirt from the surrounding debris, but to fulfill our more critical task of reaching peak moisture levels. Reaching these optimal levels ensures a healthy cracking of the pecans, preserving the delicate nut and its rich flavors.

9. It’s time to get cracking — at 600 pecans per minute, that is.

Once fully hydrated, the bulk pecans are poured onto our mechanized cracker, where a  pneumatic piston shatters the shell, cracking about 600 pecans per minute. Hey, it’s better than cracking by hand, like people did when pecans used to be sold in shells!

 

10. Our pickers eye the bulk pecans, picking out broken shells and pieces by hand.

The machines did the heavy lifting, but nothing beats an expert eye. At this stage, our pickers attentively eye the piles, picking out any broken shells or pieces that are remaining as they move past on the conveyor belts. 

11. Once processed, pecans are hydration tested to assure optimal moisture levels.

Our team takes samples of the final product, testing their hydration levels. If the pecans are too dry, they are removed from the final shipment. If they’re too wet, they’re sent to the dryer.

 

12. The boxes are filled with only complete halves, each meeting weight requirements. 

Once sorted, shelled, processed, and tested, the bulk pecans are loaded into boxes, with each box containing only intact pecan halves. Any pecan fragments and chunks are saved for assorted uses in candies and other specialties. 

 

13. Boxes pass through metal detectors before shipping to a business near you.

Now fully boxed up and ready for shipment, our precious pecans pass through a metal detector, ensuring no metal contaminants snuck their way through.

And that’s it!

Once we’ve completed stage 13, our prized bulk pecans are on their way to top grocers, specialty snack food brands, and restaurants all over the world. While this process is complex and detailed, it’s all worth it in the end to keep our customers happy, our reputation protected, and our bulk pecans as tasty as ever.

7 Reasons Snack Makers + Ice Cream Confectioneries Should Buy Pecans In Bulk

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7 Reasons Snack Makers + Ice Cream Confectioneries Should Buy Pecans In Bulk.

When it comes to creating your own tasty snacks and desserts to be indulged by customers far and wide, determining the best mix to your secret recipe can be tricky. What’s worthwhile to splurge on, and what’s not? What flavors complement your snack of choice, and which fall short?

If you’re lost in a labyrinth of ingredient options but can’t find your way, let Stahmanns be your guide. Keep reading for 7 reasons why buying bulk pecans may be just the thing your snack food brand or ice cream confectionary is missing.

 

1. Pecans are both a tasty and nutritious addition to any snack.

If you have yet to experience the transformational power of Stahmanns homegrown pecans, let us formally invite you to this unrivaled tasting experience. With a sweet, yet salty flavor all its own, and a rich, golden hue that begs for a crunch, any snack can be upgraded with the addition of Stahmanns Pecans. Balanced by both texture and flavor, snackmakers nationwide choose Stahmanns Pecans to enhance their signature recipes. 

 

2. Buying in bulk saves you money in the long run.

In the same way that buying bulk food from Costco can save you on groceries per serving, buying bulk pecans can save your growing business valued expenses. Stahmanns offers competitive pricing on bulk pecan orders without sacrificing quality or attention-to-detail. And to maximize your savings, shipping is much more cost-effective when the trip is made just a few times a year instead of nearly every month. 

To learn more about your potential cost savings, contact our dedicated Sales team at: 575.644.8427 or toll-free 844.739.6887. Not ready for a call just yet? Get the conversation started online by filling out our contact form here. 

 

3. Bulk pecans can last up to 6 months to make your investment last. 

We get it. Buying several pounds of pecans at a time can feel intimidating—what if you can’t use that many pecans in a short period? Or, what if they go stale before you make your way through the bundle? Take a deep breath and rest easy—one of the beauties of buying bulk pecans is in their extended crunch and freshness. When stored properly, pecans can stay fresh for up to 6 months. That way, you can take the time you need to create new snacks and sell your inventory while it’s fresh. Your precious Stahmanns pecans will stay safe and ready for you whenever you are. 

Follow our storage tips here to make your investment last to the very last nut. 

 

4. Bulk pecans help you maintain healthy stock levels to meet customer demand.

Picture this: Your dream has happened. You’ve just placed a whopping order to stock your snacks at a local grocery store. Or, your local snack or ice cream shop has finally garnered buzz, and now it’s routine to walk into the shop with lines out of the door. But how do you meet demand when your signature snack is dependent on the availability of your prized ingredients? It’s simple: you buy in bulk. As mentioned above, buying bulk pecans is cost-effective, and your supply will maintain freshness for longer than you think. Don’t let the growth of your business be hindered by a delay or shortage in ingredients. With Stahmanns bulk pecans in your special mix, you’ll always have enough raw ingredients on standby to meet customer demand and keep your business booming. 

 

 

5. Endless uses for pecans mean you can always find a way to spend your supply. 

We’ve explored the possibility of exceeding your business’s expectations and hitting a boom in demand. But what happens if the worst happens, and you experience the opposite? What does one do with a supply of bulk pecans when your product isn’t taking off in the way you’d hoped?

You just keep on creating, of course. Another value of stocking up on bulk pecans is discovering the versatility that pecans hold. A key ingredient in chicken breadings, pie crusts, cookies, salads, breakfast cereals, and beyond, the value of pecans can evolve with you. Having such a supply will give you the freedom to reinvent your product assortment without boundaries or limits.

 

6. Buying in bulk reduces time between ordering, shipping, and delivery. 

As mentioned before, buying bulk pecans allows you to meet potential customer demand without delays or shortages. But in addition to matching customer demand, buying in bulk allows you to continue creating and conceiving your products without a lag in delivery. Stahmanns is your one-stop-shop for bulk pecans—you can order, ship, and store your pecans all at the same time, allowing you stockpile your supply for future use without waiting weeks for a follow-up delivery. 

7. Stahmanns Pecans uphold peak quality standards to enhance any snack. 

Now that we’ve broken down the cost-saving and time-saving benefits of buying bulk pecans, let’s answer the golden question: Do bulk pecans maintain the same quality standards as small-order pecans? Our answer is: our quality is actually even better than many small-size pecan suppliers. As a specialty bulk pecan supplier, we are able to produce our pecans with unrivaled consistency and accuracy. All year round, we tend to our historic pecan trees with true dedication and passion, and when it’s time to harvest, we expertly pick only the most perfect pecans to continue on to shelling. After passing through our modern shelling plant with hand-picked support, our pecans are rapidly packaged to preserve freshness, crunch, and flavor. Once packaged, we’re ready whenever you are for a new order—we work round the clock, through every season to anticipate demand and ensure each and every customer receives their supply right when they need it. 

Want to learn more about our premier quality standards?

Contact us to learn more about our third-party certifications and how they’ve helped build and maintain our reputation after 88+ years in the business. 

Call us: 575.644.8427 or toll-free 844.739.6887 

Email us: pecans@stahmanns.com 

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How to Choose The Right Bulk Pecan Size For Your Business

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How to Choose The Right Bulk Pecan Size: The Sweet + Simple Stahmanns Size Guide

Halves. Pieces. Mammoths. Jumbos. Granules. When it comes to selling bulk pecans, there are endless ways to slice and dice them. So what does it all mean? And what is the best size option for your business and product? Let the pecan pros guide the way.

Halve a great day

Our larger, fully intact bulk pecan sizes without breaks in the half are called Halves.

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Piece Out

Our smaller bulk pecan sizes with breaks in the half are called Pieces.

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Small talk

Sometimes the best things come in small packages. 

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So what’s the pecan consensus?

Sorry to burst your bubble, but there really isn’t one. In a nutshell, our most popular product is the Junior Mammoth due to its aesthetic appeal, but when it comes to your unique business needs, the choice is yours. Every chef, baker, and company is different, and as such, their bulk pecan choice is different. Stil lost in the dark? We’ll be your guide. After 80 years of perfecting our craft and tending to our crops, we’re proud to be considered the best in the biz. The Stahmanns team is happy to walk you through our various size options over the phone or in person (with some tasty samples along the way). 

Talk to us now

Toll-free at (844) 739-6887, for sales please call Victor Sloan at (575) 644-8247, or fill out the contact form below. 

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The Perks of Picking A Local Farm Over Online Bulk Pecan Sellers

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The Perks of Picking A Local Farm Over Online Bulk Pecan Sellers

When you do a quick Google search for “Buy bulk pecans online”, you’re flooded with a plethora of options. At the top of the list, you’ll see an abundance of popular marketplaces selling the whole gamut of nuts, from pecans to peanuts to pistachios and even other non-nut treats. With a simple click of a button, you can have these bulk options on the way to your business in a matter of days. So why dig a little deeper for a local option with these options right before you? Keep reading to find out why choosing the smaller guys like us pays off in the long run (and in the short run, too).

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Quality over quantity

When you want the best for your business, you must choose the best. Our sole mission is to grow, harvest, shell, and deliver premium quality bulk pecans, making us experts in our field. Our processes, equipment, and staff are focused on this mission, and as such, we’ve learned a thing or two along the way.

From our in-house shelling plant which rapidly shells and packs our bulk pecans to maintain freshness, to our historic rows of pecan groves that we’ve come to love like family, every part of our process is deep-rooted and time-tested. And unlike online sellers, we stay deeply connected to the land that bears our product, ensuring maximum quality control and flavor testing. This comprehensive approach to pecan production ensures that the final product meets our standards, and yours.

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A focus on flavor first

When you bite into a Stahmanns pecan, you’ll wonder why every pecan doesn’t taste as sweet, smooth, and fresh. The secret to our tasty bulk pecans? Generations of loyal commitment. Deane and W.J. Stahmann began this story in 1932, and in 2020, we continue to discover more techniques that enhance flavor and stabilize the tasting experience. 

Each and every one of our 168,000+ pecan trees is carefully maintained and nourished to ensure a fruitful harvest every year. Day in and day out, our team makes their way up and down the rows, irrigating the trees, breaking up the soil to allow for growth, and keeping a close eye on pests. Once it’s time to shake the trees and sort the pecans, we select only the most golden and crisp pecans, removing any bad apples along the way. From there, our rapid shelling plant on the farm’s grounds allows us to quickly shell, pack, and ship your delivery in no time at all.

While each step of this process may seem mundane, every extra check and send-off ensures that the final product maintains our gold standard, ultimately delivering the perfect bite.

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The attention you deserve

Each and every customer is a valuable partner to us, helping us continue our story and share the power of pecans with all. We won’t treat you like you’re just another customer, because you aren’t—our success is contingent upon yours. As such, we deeply value your thoughts and concerns, taking your business’s goals personally and committing to making them a reality. If you have a rushed order, last-minute addition, or need competitive pricing, we’re here to listen and make it happen. 

Our countless happy customers all over the world can attest to this commitment, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Hear what this customer had to say about the level of service and dedication that our team brought to the table.

“I’ve been in the pecan business over 30 years at the grower level as well as broker level and now as a manufacturer of gourmet products purchasing pecans as an ingredient. In agriculture there are so many different variables, and qualities of product, it is important to match the product to the specific purpose. I need the BEST pecans available for my products…and Stahmanns has the very best available anywhere.”

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It always goes back to the source

At the end of the day, choosing where to purchase bulk pecans determines who you choose to support. As a local pecan farm in La Mesa, New Mexico for the past 87 years, we’ve enriched our community with stable jobs, tasty pecans, and timeless traditions. And by supporting us, you support our community, allowing us to continue to spread roots and make a difference where it counts. And in times like these, that support is truly priceless. 

With massive online bulk pecan sellers, tracing the source of your pecans can be a tricky task, and sometimes, you can discover that the source of your product doesn’t live up to your expectations. At Stahmanns Pecans, our family-owned pecan farm is focused on providing a premium product and building up our community while we’re at it—no shortcuts, no deception, no urge to make a quick buck. Sounds like your business’s values? If so, you deserve a bulk pecan producer that mirrors them. 

Uncracking the History of Pecans in North America

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Uncracking the History of Pecans in North America

As a historic pecan producer and cultivator for 87 years, we like to think that we know a thing or two about these precious nuts. But the truth is, the story of pecans begins long before W.J. Stahmann ever planted his first pecan tree in 1932. Take a trip with us back in time to learn the deep-rooted history of pecans in North America and how that story keeps evolving each year.

At the very beginning:

Page 1 in the history of pecans begins long before America was settled and declared. In fact, pecans are considered a native nut to North America, growing wild for millions of years before becoming modernized by European settlement and the agricultural movement. 

Here’s a few fun facts about the initial history of pecans: 

  • Pecans are a species of hickory native to North America.
  • The scientific name for the pecan is Carya illinoinensis, which is a member of the Juglandaceae family.
  • The first fossil evidence for plants within the Juglandaceae family dates back to the Cretaceous period—that was 145 million years ago!
  • Evolution and differentiation continued to happen over the next 100 million years in the J. family, fine-tuning the development of the pecan up to about 45 million years ago. 
  • Since then, pecan nuts have naturally grown and fallen to the ground for surrounding habitats to shell and enjoy, including humans. 
  • Before Europeans settled in North America in the 16th century, pecans were widely traded and consumed by Native Americans, even being used as a form of currency for a period of time.

What’s in a name?

As we all know, the name “pecan” has faced much controversy over the years regarding its correct pronunciation. Depending where you’re from, the pronunciation varies from “puh-kaan” to “pee-kan”. But speaking of proper naming, where did the term “pecan” even come from?

Here’s a bit behind the naming history of pecans:

  • “Pecan” is derived from the Algonquian word “pakani,” which is used to refer to various pecans, walnuts and hickory nuts.
  • Pecans first became known to Europeans in the 16th century, when Spanish explorers landed in what is now Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico. 
  • Spanish explorers first referred to pecan nuts as nuez de la arruga, which roughly translates to “wrinkle nut” due to its appearance.
  • From there, pecans made their way across the continent, with evidence of popularity rising during revolutionary times. 
  • The first U.S. pecan planting took place in Long Island, NY, in 1772, with the nuts considered a delicacy or luxury among Americans.  
  • By the end of the late 1700s, their popularity had spread all along the Atlantic Seaboard, with Thomas Jefferson even planting pecan trees in his nut orchard at his home in Virginia!
  • George Washington even noted in his journal that Thomas Jefferson gave him “Illinois nuts” pecans, which he then grew at Mount Vernon, his Virginia home.

The last century or so:

Since growing in cultivation and popularity following the revolution and independence of the U.S., pecans became modernized and widespread in consumption. This time in the history of pecans is where mass production started and where our story began. 

Here are a few key events in the recent history of pecans:

  • Pecans were one of the most recently domesticated major crops, although already well- known among native and colonial Americans as a delicacy.
  • The commercial growing of pecans in the United States did not officially begin until the 1880s, when grafting techniques were developed to allow for precise variety selection on an industrial level.
  • Some of the most popular varieties including ‘Stuart’, ‘Schley’, ‘Elliott’, and ‘Desirable’ were actually developed in the 1800s and remain relatively unchanged.  
  • While New Orleans is known for its praline pecans (made out of pecans, sugar, milk, and butter),  the famous sweet treat actually originated in France. Its popularity continued to grow in the French Quarter, where it became one of America’s earliest street foods.
  • The pecan continued to grow in popularity throughout the 20th century, spiking in sales in the 1920s after a pecan pie recipe was printed on cans of Karo syrup.
  • In 1932, pecans officially took root in the U.S. when our original founder, W.J. Stahmann, planted the first pecan trees on our farm, creating the first planted pecan farm and the first irrigated pecan farm in the world. 

Fast-forward to today:

Today, Stahmanns Pecans continues to carry our tradition of pecan growing into modern times, with New Mexico becoming the largest pecan-producing state in the U.S. in 2019. We are honored to be part of the deep-rooted history of pecans, and can’t wait to see where it’s headed in the next 100 years!

If your business is ready to refresh flavors and uncrack a world of possibilities, contact our team to discover the highest quality bulk pecans since 1932. 


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New Mexico to Become Pecan Capital, USA

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Have you heard the great news? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, New Mexico is expected to lead the nation in pecan production during this year’s harvest. The Land of Enchantment is anticipated to produce a whopping 97 million pounds of pecans this year alone, followed by Georgia at 76 million and Texas at 47 million.

As pecan growers and lovers ourselves, we are proud to contribute to this growing number at our beloved Stahmanns Farms. Each year, we grow, harvest, shell, and ship up to 9 million pounds of fresh New Mexico pecans to industrial leaders and commercial brands, making up for nearly 10% of the state’s total. 

We’re always hard at work keeping the practice of New Mexico pecan production fruitful, but in recent years, our national industry has made a conscious shift to increase operations across the board.

In fact, pecan production in the U.S. is expected to boost by 20% this upcoming harvest year. For New Mexico pecan growers like us who work diligently each year to keep our family tradition alive, we couldn’t be more thrilled. But what exactly caused this shift?

A global perspective with homegrown roots

After a recent economic progression towards outsourcing production, tariff changes, and phasing out classic estate-grown techniques, the pecan industry in the U.S. was at a critical point. Luckily, after years of growth and transition, pecan growers in the United States have focused on building buyer relationships with other countries across the world. As such, the demand for pecan production is budding and bountiful, giving our Stahmanns folks something extra to smile about.

Why New Mexico?

New Mexico has always maintained high ranking for pecan production nationwide, but what’s the root of it all? Our sunny days and mild autumns and winters are the main contributing factor. Because pecans require a long growing season, they also require a warm and constant climate that aids in the growth process.

Our home is the perfect place for such a task, where the sun shines bright through every season. Additionally, the fertile Mesilla Valley where Stahmanns Farms is located is also a key reason, keeping our pecan trees healthy and rich year after year. When combined with growing connections across the globe, reduced severe weather events, and long-standing local teams like us that keep production competitive, it comes as no surprise that New Mexico is Pecan Capital, USA.

Unfortunately, pecan production in Georgia can’t say the same this year. Due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, Georgia’s overall production was cut in half this season after extensive crop damage and flooding. As a community of passionate growers ourselves, we hope for restored strength and stability for Georgia providers in the coming months. And thankfully, the Stahmanns team and other New Mexico pecan growers are here to keep supply in check while they rebound and rebuild. 

Ultimately, U.S. production should continue to build in the coming years as growers in New Mexico, Georgia, Texas, and other states expand and evolve their operations. 

Choose the pinnacle of pecans from Pecan Capital, USA

Countless locals and business owners choose Stahmanns Pecans for the most crunchy, fresh, and flavorful pecans in town. And now that New Mexico is the national leader for pecan production, that can mean only one thing: Stahmanns Pecans are the best bulk pecans on the market.

If you’re ready to infuse fresh flavors, trusted expertise, and forward-thinking processes into the mix at your business, look to Stahmanns New Mexico Pecans for premium wholesale pecans. Contact our team today to taste the difference for yourself. 


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The Marvelous Health Benefit of Pecans

Pecans are the marvel in marvelous. Who would’ve thought these marvelous morsels are bulging with nutrients and afford powerful healing capabilities? Chances are, people can’t see pecans for the pie!

So, what secrets do these tiny storehouses hold?

Mining for Daily Value of Minerals

According to Mercola, Manganese is necessary for correct digestion and utilization of food; helps eliminate fatigue; improves memory. 245% DV

Copper aids in effective iron absorption; essential for utilization of Vitamin C. 65% DV

Magnesium and Zinc are tied at 33% DV. Both support healthy immune systems. Zinc is essential for DNA and protein synthesis; and accelerates wound healing. Magnesium is known as the anti-stress mineral and promotes a healthier cardiovascular system.

Iron, selenium, phosphorous and calcium in pecans provide nutritious benefits.

Antioxidants – Free Radical Fighters

You need antioxidants because the air is polluted. Pecans ranked high on the list of top 15 foods for their antioxidant capacities.

Vitamin E in pecans acts as an anti-pollutant for our lungs; contains a protective factor that possibly prevents heart disease. Other free radical fighters in pecans are: luetein, ellagic acid, luetin and zeaxanthin.

Beyond Pecan Pies

Daily consumption of pecans can lower LDL levels of cholesterol by 33%, according to a research study reported in the Journal of Nutrition.

Pecans are fiber-rich with 42% DV and a serving contains 20% DV of protein.

Where to Buy Pecans

If you are looking for high-quality pecans at their pinnacle of freshness and quality, think Stahmann’s. There is a world of difference between fresh buttery-crunchy pecans and those languishing on grocery store shelves.

Choosy chefs and specialty food manufacturers have long known where to buy pecans.

The upfront price of pecans pays off in nutritious dividends on the backend.

Mainly sourced from “What are Pecans Good for?” by Dr. Mercola:

http://foodfacts.mercola.com/pecans.html

For more info, please contact us at pecans@Stahmanns.com or 575-526-2453, ext 108.

Innovative Pecan Snacks and Sweets for Specialty and Gourmet Creations

Did you know that it’s possible to make delicious cheese biscuits that are made with pecan flour? Yummy! Or, how about chocolate date energy bars made with pecan meal? Most people have had cheese biscuits or the standard chocolate dessert bar, but have you ever tried them with pecan meal or pecan flour. They taste just as good as the ones made with regular white flours. Continue reading