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raw pecans????????????

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My wife bought raw pecans.Are they suitable for pecan pie or do I toast them first???

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  1. can go either way. Toasting brings out the flavor

    1. I would suggest toasting them. I did that last night and it worked like a charm.

      1. FYI, that's typically how you buy pecans. They don't normally come roasted like many other nuts (at least not around here). Most cooks that I know use them as is. However, I do agree, they benefit from a quick oven toasting, but be very, very careful not to scorch.

        1. I wouldn't bother toasting them if they are going into a pie. The oven time is enough toasting time for them and they might even end up tasting a bit burned if they were toasted ahead of time.

          1. You didn't say how much she bought, but pecans freeze really well. I always keep some in the freezer that I can pull out to top pancakes, bake into pies, cakes, cookies, etc. Spiced pecans around the holidays are always a hit and make great gifts.

            1. They will be fine if you put them into the pie raw, but even better if you toast them lightly first. And *please* don't use corn syrup in your pie. Cane syrup will make it a whole lot better.

              Jim

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              1. re: Jim Washburn

                I have 9 pecan trees in my back yard and I process them myself and when making a pie,
                cookies, or cakes I always use them raw without pre-roasting them. I think Ida-Red
                told you straight. use them as they are.