Pecans are a southern treat, delicious in lots of recipes, but also costly, unless you harvest and shell them yourself. This has been my ritual from mid-Nov. to late Dec. BUT, yesterday, I shelled the last ones harvested from our neighbor’s yard. Jim, the neighbor, enjoys pecans, but dislikes collecting and shelling them; he greatly enjoyed the packages of shelled ones given at Christmas.
Our local supermarket sells a 1 lb.package of pecans for $10, so my current stash of 7-8 lbs. is costly. And, that doesn’t count the packages given to friends and family at holiday time. These cinnamon roasted pecans were a BIG hit — easy and cost-effective as I didn’t need to BUY the pecans, just shell and roast them.
My usual shelling station is by the kitchen window that gives a view of the flat bird feeder — it’s the most popular one with BOTH sunflower seeds and pecan “rejects.”There’s been a steady stream of bird visitors, despite the nearly non-stop rain we’ve been having since the weekend. At times, there have been as many as 8 to 10 male and female cardinals — a few recent ones . . .Blue Jays like the pecan treats, but unlike cardinals, don’t share . . .Lucky for them, there’s still a supply of pecan rejects to go in the feeder, but when they’re gone, these treats end.