Pecan nuts can be a very expensive farm fare product, but with good reason. Pecan nut trees take years to produce nuts and harvesting is an arduous process. Click here to read more about the pecan nut industry. Anyone who has ever had to crack open the hard shells of a pecan, will also know that processing procedures also add to the amount of time required to get the nut from the tree into your kitchen cabinet.

Why not take some time to appreciate this delicious and healthy snack by slow-roasting them on the open fire on your next camping trip? You can roast any type of nut you prefer; the process remains the same.

Here’s how

Put shelled nuts in a fire-safe pot or pan and place on the hot coals. Stir the nuts frequently for the next two to three minutes until they are brown, roasted and fragrant. Be attentive, since they can burn rather quickly.

Enjoy the roasted pecans as a snack or sprinkle on salads and desserts. Go the extra mouth-watering mile, and add a sweet or savoury touch.

Extra touches

Roasted savoury pecans on green salad.

Savoury

  • Sultry salt: Simply add salt to roasted nuts, but first add some moisture to help the salt cling to the nuts. Sprinkle with water or add a little oil or butter.
  • Pecans on fire: Mix one teaspoon of paprika, half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, two teaspoons of salt and one teaspoon of sugar. Lightly sprinkle nuts with water, then sprinkle spice mixture onto roasting nuts about one minute before they are done. Stir to combine.
Candied pecans with cinnamon.

Sweet

  • Caramelised nuts: Heat sugar, water and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until the butter is melted. Cook for one minute and remove from heat. Slowly pour butter mixture over the bowl of nuts and stir to coat.
  • Cinnamon sugar: Mix sugar and fine cinnamon. Sprinkle nuts with water while still on the fire, and add sugar mix. Stir to coat the nuts with the cinnamon sugar. –Ursula Human, Farm Fare

Click here to read more on the agro-processing of nuts.