Get your salad hands ready and your frying pans out as we teach you different ways that pecan oil can be used in the kitchen.
Cindy Wise, Executive Vice President of The Texas Pecan Growers Association, described the benefits of using pecan oil in food preparation. “Due to pecan oil’s high smoking point of 470 degrees F, it is beneficial to use while frying, baking, or sautéing food to avoid a rancid flavor as other oils have been known to possess. Pecan oil is also great in salad dressing and dips, as it enhances the flavor with its nutty taste,” said Wise.
Frying is now made easy (and slightly healthier) with pecan oil’s high smoking point of 470 degrees F, which is even higher than commonly used peanut oil with a smoke point of only 450°F.
Another thing pecan oil is good for is salad dressings, finishing oils, and sauces. Start with the oil as a base and spice it up with balsamic vinegar, honey, maple syrup, or your favorite blend of herbs and seasonings.
You can also use pecan oil as a butter substitute in almost any recipe. Since pecan oil is so versatile, it can be used in recipes that call for butter or oil, resulting in a lighter and healthier meal! Of course, if you must have some of that savory butter flavor, you could add a tiny pat of butter into the pecan oil. Remember, pecan oil takes on the flavor of its seasonings and distributes the taste throughout the food.
Lastly, be sure to store your pecan oil in a cool place after opening. Like all oils pressed from seeds, pecan oil can go rancid if not properly preserved. All vegetable oils will go bad if exposed to too much heat, light, and oxygen. It’s best to keep your pecan oil sealed tightly in the refrigerator after opening.
Properly stored pecan oil can last for about six months at room temperature and longer in the fridge. Unopened pecan oil has a shelf life of about two years, similar to whole pecans stored in the freezer.
So start using pecan oil in all of your baking adventures, and let us know how your experiments go. If you have a recipe we don’t, PLEASE send it in! We would love to swap recipes with you. You can post comments here or add details and photos on our Facebook page.