O Wise one and I sit at the table in the evenings and pick them out. I then go through them picking out the whole ones to go into bags in the freezer for baking. The pieces are then put in separate bags for pecan pieces for baking also. The dark ones or ones that are no good go in a bucket with the shells which are then put outside on a little wooden table for the birds. The cardinals , blue jays and woodpeckers will pick through them for the little bits and pieces of pecan meat. From there the remaining shells go into the compost. Nothing goes to waste!
The pecans in the freezer will go into cakes, pies, brownies and cookies through out the year. We eat what we grow here on the farm and it is nice to know that our harvest will only improve as our young trees continue to mature. Maybe eventually even creating a small income for the farm every year. The investment years ago in those young trees of not only time but also money is finally paying off.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter