Pecan Oil
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Pecan Oil, made from Pecan Nuts, has a light nutty flavor that is still neutral tasting, which allows Pecan Oil a certain versatility. 

Purchasing

When purchasing Pecan Oil, check these items first.

1. Best by Date. Look at the bottles "Best Buy Date." Pecan Oil should have a shelf life of at least two years. How far away is the expiration of that period on the bottle you are considering? Better products may even have a "Date of Harvest." Do the math and find the freshest bottle. 

2. Country of Origin.  Does the bottle have a tag naming the Mill and country where the product was grown? Proud manufacturers trumpet their credentials. Less proud manufacturers play games. By the way, "Packed in Italy" or "Bottled in Italy" may not mean that the olives were grown in Italy, or that they were pressed in Italy. It only means that the bottles were filled there.   

3. Acidity. Look at the nutrition label and seek out brands with the lowest amount of acid. 

4. Dark Bottle. Most Oils that we have seen come in a clear glass bottle to show off the lighter color of the oil. Darker glass would be better because these light oils are still subject to being broken down by the sun or light in general. Dark glass helps prevent the problem.

Storage

Oxygen, heat, light and time cause Pecan Oil to Oxidize and become Rancid.

Oils should be tightly capped and kept in a cool dark place.  Monounsaturated Oilare less susceptible to going rancid than Polyunsaturated Oils due to temperature. Light is still a risk though, so dark colored bottles are helpful in protecting the Pecan Oil from light which will cause them to break down.  

If you do refrigerate your Pecan Oil it may become semi-solid in the cold. Just let it sit for 15-20 minutes at room temperature and it will return to liquid form. Pecan Oil should keep 6 months to a year in the refrigerator.

If over time, your oil gets “sticky” or has off flavors dispose of it. It has gone bad. 

Culinary Uses

It can be used in the pan to Sauté, as a Fat for Roasting (see Smart Kitchen’s Roasted Cauliflower with Pecan Oil Recipe) or as a Salad Dressing for a Tossed Green Salad.

Pecan Oil also has a decent Smoke Point which will vary depending on brand from  418° F (214° C) to 470° F (243° C) making it suitable for cooking with Medium/High Heat to High Heat.

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 t of Pecan Oil per recipe.

Pairings

Fish, Meat, Bread, Pasta, Rice, Salads, Salad Dressings

Substitutes

Hazelnut Oil

Nutritional Value

Attributes (serving size 1 Tbsp)

Calories  126

Saturated Fats  8% 

Monounsaturated Fats 66%  

Polyunsaturated Fats 25%  

Vitamin E (Gamma Tocopherol)  31.03 mg  12 mg

Nutrition

Pecan Oil is one of the healthier Oils because it has only 8% Saturated Fat with 66% Monounsaturated Fats and 26% Polyunsaturated Fats.

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

No

Low Calorie

No