How to Preserve Pecans and Other Nuts in Mason Jars
I preserve pecans in Mason canning jars. I was lucky enough to receive 6 quarts of Georgia pecans from my daughter who lives there. These nuts have been processed, or in other words, shelled, halved, and cleaned. They arrived a couple of days ago and I was thrilled because I use a lot of pecans during the holidays. I got them in time to make my pecan pies for Thanksgiving Day dinner. As you can see by my photos, they are very plump, beautiful pecans. They would have cost a small fortune in the grocery store!
You can do a lot with these jars. For example, the first time I heard of baking a cake in a jar, I couldn’t believe that would work, but it does. If you are short on freezer space, you can use this method for a variety of applications. Mason jar canning is not just for jams, jellies, and pickles. If you want to send someone a nice home-cooked meal, cook it and send it by priority mail preserved in a sealed Mason jar.
These jars can be successfully mailed if they are packed well with bubble wrap. Mason Jars are manufactured in several sizes. I used 1-quart jars for this project. When I bake a cake in a jar, I use the half-pint size because the cake cooks more evenly. The size of the jar will depend on the food you are preparing to preserve.
I do want to make it clear this method should NOT be used in the place of canning food. It's safe to cook food thoroughly, and then seal it in a jar.
- Sterilize the jars and lids by boiling them for about 10 minutes to sterilize them. Turn them upside down to dry. If you have a large pot, you can sterilize several jars at once.
- Fill the jars with the pecans, leaving about an inch from the top of the jar. Place the jar in the microwave for 2 minutes. This is done to heat the jar, not to cook the nuts.
- As soon as you take the jars out of the microwave, place the top and lid on the jar. Tighten. Listen for the “pop” sound that lets you know the jar is properly sealed. The jar has to be HOT before it will seal.
- Enjoy your nuts later, or give them as a gift!
If You Are Skeptical, Just Try It!
If you are like me, you will be skeptical of this method. For all you skeptics all I can say is, try it!
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