Pecan Oil: A Delicious and Nutritious Oil with Anti-Inflammatory Properties and Cooking Benefits
Pecan oil is a versatile and delicious oil that is derived from pecans, a popular nut found in the southern United States, with the best pecans coming from Oklahoma and Texas. Not only does pecan oil have a rich, nutty flavor that compliments many dishes, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties that make it a healthy addition to any diet.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Pecan Oil
Pecan oil is rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a natural response by the body to fight off infection and injury, but chronic inflammation has been linked to a variety of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. By consuming anti-inflammatory foods like pecan oil, you can help reduce the risk of chronic inflammation and its associated health problems.
Cooking Benefits of Pecan Oil
In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, pecan oil has several cooking benefits. Its high smoke point (around 470°F) makes it a great choice for high-heat cooking methods like stir-frying, sautéing, and deep-frying. Pecan oil also has a mild, nutty flavor that complements a variety of dishes, making it a versatile ingredient in any kitchen.
Pecan oil can be used as a substitute for other oils in baking recipes, adding a subtle nutty flavor to baked goods. It can also be used as a flavorful alternative to neutral oils like vegetable oil or canola oil in salad dressings and marinades. Pecan oil is a heart-healthy oil that is rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to protect the body against free radicals and oxidative stress.
Buying and Storing Pecan Oil
When buying pecan oil, it’s important to look for cold-pressed, unrefined oil for the highest quality product. This type of oil is produced without the use of heat or chemicals, preserving the natural flavor and nutrients of the pecans. It can be found in specialty food stores or online.
Pecan oil should be stored in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. Due to its relatively short shelf life, it’s best to use pecan oil within six months of opening the bottle.
Pecan oil is a delicious and nutritious oil that has anti-inflammatory properties and cooking benefits. Its versatility makes it a great substitute for other oils in a variety of recipes, from salad dressings to sautéing vegetables. Pecan oil is also a heart-healthy oil that is rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, vitamin E, and oleic acid, all of which have numerous health benefits. So, the next time you’re looking for a healthy and flavorful oil to add to your cooking repertoire, give pecan oil a try!
Pecan Oil: A Vegan-Friendly Oil with Nutritious Benefits
If you follow a vegan diet or are exploring plant-based eating options, you’ll be pleased to know that pecan oil is vegan-friendly. This oil is derived from pecan nuts and is a nutritious and flavorful oil that can be used as a substitute for animal-derived oils in a variety of recipes.
Pecan oil is a heart-healthy oil that is rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which help to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. It is also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to protect the body against free radicals and oxidative stress. Additionally, pecan oil contains high levels of oleic acid, which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
One of the great things about pecan oil is its versatility. Its mild, nutty flavor makes it a great choice for salad dressings, marinades, and sauces. It can also be used for sautéing or frying vegetables, fish, or poultry, making it a great substitute for animal-derived oils like butter or lard. Pecan oil has a high smoke point, which means it can be used for high-heat cooking methods like stir-frying without breaking down or releasing harmful chemicals.
When buying pecan oil, it’s important to look for cold-pressed, unrefined oil for the highest quality product. This type of oil is produced without the use of heat or chemicals, preserving the natural flavor and nutrients of the pecans. It can be found in specialty food stores or ordered on our website online.
Pecan oil is also a great substitute for other oils in baking recipes. It adds a subtle nutty flavor to baked goods and can be used in place of vegetable oil, canola oil, or other neutral oils. Its healthy fat content makes it a great choice for those looking to reduce their intake of saturated fats and animal-derived products.
In summary, pecan oil is a vegan-friendly oil that is rich in nutrients and has a mild, nutty flavor that can be used in a variety of recipes. Its versatility makes it a great substitute for animal-derived oils, and its health benefits make it a great addition to any plant-based diet. So, if you’re looking for a nutritious and flavorful oil to add to your pantry, give pecan oil a try!
Pecan Oil: A Nutritious and Flavorful Oil from Pecan Trees in Oklahoma and Texas
Pecan trees are native to the southern United States, and Oklahoma and Texas are two of the top pecan-producing states in the country. While pecans are often used in baking and cooking, the oil extracted from pecans is a lesser-known but equally delicious and nutritious ingredient. Pecan oil is a versatile oil with a mild, nutty flavor that can be used in a variety of recipes, from salad dressings to sautéing vegetables.
Nutritional Benefits of Pecan Oil
Pecan oil is a heart-healthy oil that is rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These healthy fats help to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Pecan oil is also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to protect the body against free radicals and oxidative stress. Additionally, pecan oil contains high levels of oleic acid, which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Uses for Pecan Oil
Pecan oil is a versatile oil that can be used in a variety of recipes. Its mild, nutty flavor makes it a great choice for salad dressings, marinades, and sauces. Pecan oil can also be used for sautéing or frying vegetables, fish, or poultry. The high smoke point of pecan oil (around 470°F) makes it a good choice for high-heat cooking methods like stir-frying.
Pecan oil can also be used as a substitute for other oils in baking recipes. It adds a subtle nutty flavor to baked goods and can be used in place of vegetable oil, canola oil, or other neutral oils. Pecan oil can also be drizzled over popcorn or roasted vegetables for a flavorful and healthy snack.
Buying and Storing Pecan Oil
Our Achukma Pecan Oil can be ordered online on our website, as well as found in specialty food stores. When buying pecan oil, look for pecan oil made from the highest quality pecans. Store pecan oil in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. Pecan oil has a relatively short shelf life, so it’s best to use it within six months of opening the bottle.
Pecan oil is a delicious and nutritious oil that is a great addition to any kitchen. Its mild, nutty flavor makes it a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of recipes. Pecan oil is also a heart-healthy oil that is rich in healthy fats and vitamin E. Whether you’re sautéing vegetables or drizzling it over popcorn, pecan oil is sure to add a delicious and healthy twist to your favorite recipes.
Benefits of Pecan Oil
Pecan oil has been gaining popularity in recent years as a healthy cooking oil alternative to other vegetable oils. This nut-based oil comes from the pecan tree, which is native to North America. Pecan oil is extracted from the nuts of the tree and is high in monounsaturated fats, which are considered to be a healthy type of fat. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of pecan oil and why you should consider adding it to your kitchen.
1. Pecan oil is heart-healthy
One of the primary benefits of pecan oil is its heart-healthy properties. Pecan oil is high in monounsaturated fats, which have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol levels (the “bad” cholesterol) and increase HDL cholesterol levels (the “good” cholesterol). This can help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
2. Pecan oil is a good source of antioxidants
Pecan oil is also a good source of antioxidants, which are important for fighting off free radicals in the body. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells and contribute to aging and disease. Antioxidants help neutralize these free radicals, protecting your cells and keeping your body healthy.
3. Pecan oil is versatile
Pecan oil has a mild flavor and a high smoke point, which makes it a versatile cooking oil. It can be used for frying, sautéing, and baking, and it won’t overpower the flavors of your other ingredients. Pecan oil can also be used as a salad dressing or a finishing oil, adding a nutty flavor to your dishes.
4. Pecan oil is a good source of vitamin E
Pecan oil is a good source of vitamin E, which is an important nutrient for skin health. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect your skin from damage caused by UV rays and pollution. It also helps moisturize your skin and keep it looking healthy and youthful.
5. Pecan oil is gluten-free and vegan
Pecan oil is naturally gluten-free and vegan, making it a great choice for people with dietary restrictions. It’s also non-GMO and doesn’t contain any artificial additives or preservatives.
In conclusion, pecan oil is a healthy and versatile cooking oil that offers many benefits for your health. It’s heart-healthy, a good source of antioxidants and vitamin E, versatile, gluten-free, and vegan. So why not try adding pecan oil to your kitchen today and see what delicious dishes you can create?
Pecan Oil Recipes
Achukma Pecan Oil has a great selection of pecan oil recipes featured online. Whether you are looking for pecan oil recipes for breads, desserts or main dishes.
Choctaw Businessman Keeps it Natural and Healthy with Pecan Oil
By Brandon Frye – Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Coleman, Okla. – A year and a half after spearheading the development of a new product for his family business–wearing the hats of a researcher, business planner, production manager, and engineer along the way– Mark Hamilton, retired Oklahoma educator and coach, found himself in a room full of Choctaw Nation employees explaining the natural benefits of pecan oil.
But the story of “Achukma,” 100% pure virgin pecan oil, does not start there in that room.
It starts with Hamilton, a family man, a businessman, an Oklahoman, and a man often seen wearing a cap and a pair of work boots. He is a figure-it-out kind of guy, and had to be during the production of “Achukma“ pecan oil.
“I was assigned the project with one directive: figure it out,” Hamilton said. The Hamilton family business, Tri-Agri Farm Center, lead by Mark’s father Dan Hamilton, had their hands in multiple products and services over the years, including animal feed and peanut handling. But, after the peanut growing business had moved out of Oklahoma and into Texas and other areas in 1999, the Hamiltons were left with equipment ready to be repurposed, a series of problems to be solved, and an opportunity.
And so began the journey that has led to the Hamiltons operating one of the largest pecan cleaning and marketing operations in Oklahoma. In the spring of 2013, the Hamiltons found themselves faced with a new challenge and a new opportunity. An unstable economic environment surrounding the production and sale of pecans left some Oklahoma growers and harvesters with crops of little value. And the normal selection process left many smaller pecans, and pieces of pecans, with no value at all.
But pecans are an important crop to Oklahoma, especially the native pecan. Oklahoma is very well suited for growing pecans, because the pecan tree is native to the area. Oklahoma produces, on average, 12 to 15 million pounds of pecans a year, according to Hamilton. Those pecans help generate money in cash crop value to the state of Oklahoma, and help provide jobs for people in the industry like harvesters and cleaners.
So, the Hamiltons began looking into ways to stabilize the market, benefit the growers, use more Oklahoma pecans, and offer a pure and healthy product to consumers. “To create another market venue for Oklahoma pecans, we started looking at pecan oil,” Hamilton said. “We asked what areas could benefit from a pecan-based product. Most of the pecan usage in this country is over the holidays, but we wanted a product that would allow people to benefit from pecans year-round.”
A few hurdles popped up along the way, the biggest of which was figuring out just how to get all of that healthy oil out of the pecan. “We developed a process that allows us to effectively extract the oil that is much more effective than the common process,” Hamilton said. They made adjustments to equipment, imported new and rare machines, and were left with a unique process.
It all happens at the Hamilton family business, which is tucked away down a side road in Coleman. Without looking closely, it might perfectly blend in with the rest of the small Oklahoma town. From a distance, there appears to be only a gray building, but once the road hooks around, a view opens up to a line of trees surrounding holding bins, trailers, and birds playing on equipment once used to prepare peanuts.
Walking into the room where “Achukma” pecan oil is made is like stepping through the gate of an old country road into a pristine laboratory. The walls are a shiny metallic, the ground is a smooth and spotless concrete, and the machines stand as simple bins, tubes, tanks, and machinery arranged to enact a streamlined experiment. During production, the pecans move through a series of procedures designed to keep the oil as fresh and pure as possible. Heat and chemicals, which would break down the oil, are never used. Instead, the pecans are spun and cold pressed as nearly all of the oil is extracted from the meat of the nut. In the end, pecan oil, pecan flour, and a form of pecan butter are left in a clean, whole, and pure state.
With a fresh product, the Hamiltons started researching names. “I am Choctaw, my family moved to Boggy Depot, Indian territory, in 1872 and have been here ever since. We embrace our Choctaw heritage. I wanted to have our name represent our intent, to provide a natural, healthy product. My mother found the word achukma, which can mean good, beautiful, pure; and one of these days, I intend for achukma to be recognized world-wide.” Hamilton added that they are well on their way to that, with customer interest from as far away as Egypt and China.
Almost two years later Hamilton found himself in what was later referred to as the Choctaw Nations’ version of the “Shark Tank” (a reality competition show where entrepreneurs make business presentations), the group had come together to explore in what ways the Hamilton family business could benefit from the programs the Choctaw Nation offers.
In regards to “Achukma“ pecan oil, the product of Hamilton’s labors, he said the health benefits are tremendous. “We have learned so much. It is a great cooking oil, is good for your skin, and is even good for treating leather. I am really excited about the potential.” This got the ball rolling and piqued the interest of the group. Dale Jackson, Senior Business Analyst for the Choctaw Nation, said that he works to take tribal members and their companies and help them grow. “I see a unique opportunity here,” he said, adding that his family has enjoyed using the pecan oil before.
The product practically sells itself, said Hamilton’s Director of Marketing, Russell Washington. “If you let me talk to someone for two or three minutes, they’ll buy it,” he said during the meeting. “It’s not that you have to convince them to buy it, it’s just that most people have never heard of pecan oil and are not aware of its nutritional benefits.”
Washington listed all of the perks and benefits of the oil to the group. It is gluten-free, so it is safe for people with gluten sensitivity or allergies. It is cold pressed and unrefined, so it stays as pure and healthy as the pecan itself. It contains antioxidants, which help prevent the oxidation and damage of cells. It contains healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids, which help with normal metabolism. It is never genetically modified, and so is a more natural and tasty product.
According to Dr. Lloyd Sumner, microbiologist with Noble Foundation Research in Ardmore, “We (Drs. Zhentian Lei and myself) are collaborating with Native American Specialty Products to better assess the chemical nature of the nutritional components of the pecan oil; especially antioxidant phenolics and polyunsaturated fats.” This research could lead to the understanding of even more beneficial applications of the pecan products.
And if the health benefits are not enough, Washington added, “My wife has tested it, and listen, guys, it makes the best chicken fried steak of your life.” Veree Shaw, Marketing Director for the Choctaw Nation, offered to help Hamilton and his pecan oil by looking into label printing and placing the items in Choctaw outlets like the welcome centers.
The Hamiltons offer more than just pecan oil for culinary creations. They also supply a pecan flour as a pure and unrefined sidekick to the oil. And a blend of the oil is also packaged and sold as New Life Leather Treatment. Their products are currently available online at Achukma, or over the phone at (580) 937-4300, and will soon be available through health food stores, Choctaw Nation outlets, and the venues are still growing.
ZUCCHINI WITH PECANS
1 teaspoon pecan oil
3 cups zucchini, cut into julienne strips
2 tablespoons sliced red onion or pimiento
1/4 cup red bell pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
In a medium sized skillet, heat pecan oil. Add zucchini. Saute until crisp tender. Add remaining ingredients, tossing to coat completely. Heat 3-4 minutes or until heated through. YIELD: 4-6 servings
FRESH TOMATO BASIL PASTA WITH PECANS
1 to 1 1/2 cups Roma tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 cup pecan pieces
8-10 ounces uncooked pasta
1/4 cup pecan oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook pasta. Drain. Toss pasta with pecan oil. While still warm, add tomatoes, basil, parmesan and pecans. Stir together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or room temperature. Do not chill.
FRESH SPINACH SALAD WITH PECANS AND GRAPEFRUIT
2 10-oz packages fresh spinach or 4 bunches leaf spinach
2 Ruby Red grapefruit, peeled and sectioned
1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans
1/2 cup pecan oil
1/4 cup raspberry vinaigrette
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon minced serrano chile, optional
Tear spinach leaves from stems. Wash and dry completely. Place in large salad bowl, tearing large leaves into bite-size pieces. Toss grapefruit sections with spinach.
To make vinaigrette:
Combine oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, maple syrup and minced serrano, if desired, and whisk together or shake in airtight container, until salt is dissolved. Pour over salad and toss to evenly coat ingredients. Garnish with chopped pecans. 8-10 servings.
FRESH GREEN SALAD WITH PECANS
Fresh basil, coarsely chopped
Fresh parmesan cheese, grated
Mix all ingredients together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Pecan Oil-Nature’s Gift to Health
The nutritional benefits of the pecan have long been known and pecan oil provides you with the opportunity to enjoy those benefits on a daily basis.
Achukma Pecan Oil is low in saturated fat, compared to many other cooking and salad oils. It is high in poly- and mono-unsaturated fats, which provide many benefits to many body systems. See the chart below to see a comparison breakdown of our oil compared to other published oil values:
|Type of Oil|| SaturatedFat
Omega 9 Fat%
Omega 3&6 Fat%
|Achukma Pecan Oil||8.0%||42.8%||32.9%||470⁰F|
|Grape Seed Oil||9.0%||76.0%||76.0%||485⁰F|
Achukma Pecan Oil is cold pressed and filtered to maintain the natural properties of the oil. No chemicals are used in the processing and temperature is continuously monitored to assure the oil is not degraded or damaged. The oil is then filtered to remove any solids that made their way through the pressing process. All processing is mechanical utilizing food grade equipment and materials.
The result is a high grade, high smoke point oil that is 100% natural. Achukma Pecan Oil will have a very moderate pecan flavor and aroma. Many of our customers tell us they have found it does an excellent job of bringing out the natural flavor of the foods they are using it with. Pecan oil is a great substitute for butter or any other cooking oil, but you may want to adjust your recipe, as we have found that pecan oil can be used at about half the required amount of other oils to achieve the same result.
Saturated fats are considered the ‘bad’ fats that tend to raise levels of LDL(bad) cholesterol, while mono- and poly-unsaturated fats are ‘good’ fats that help reduce LDL cholesterol. All the fatty acids, as well as omega-3’s, -6’s, and -9’s are important in a healthy diet. However, omega -3’s and -6’s are considered essential because our bodies cannot produce these and, therefore, they must be obtained from food or supplements. The body generally produces sufficient omega-9 (American Heart Association, 2011).
It is important that a diet has a balanced intake of the three types of fatty acids and we feel pecan oil provides an excellent proportionate balance of the three. Not only is pecan oil well balanced with fatty acids, it is also a great source of Vitamin E. The anti-inflammatory properties of Vitamin E are a key component to alleviating and/or preventing degenerative diseases.
How do I use Achukma Pecan Oil? It might be easier to answer with the ways it should not be used, of which we can’t come up with any.
Our pecan oil is an excellent cooking oil for pan frying, sautéing, or any type of cooking where butter or oil is used. It is also great for baking, topping a salad, or making a meat rub. Our customers continue to find new and inventive ways to use this healthy oil.
Not only that, we now have many customers who use the oil as a skin conditioner to soften and moisturize. Some have even found that an application to a skin area before applying a topical ointment or medicine helps the medicine to penetrate better. If that’s not enough, check out our pecan oil based leather treatment products for treating saddles and tack.
Why is Achukma Pecan Oil more of a golden color than some other pecan oils? We do not put our oil through any refining process and, therefore, it maintains its natural color and components. Some other oils are de-winterized to remove waxes that cause the oil to turn cloudy when refrigerated. We are able to filter out enough of the waxes during our processing to keep the oil from turning cloudy. Some oils are also deodorized and this process removes many of the pigments that give the oil its natural color. This may help the shelf life, but does not really provide any other benefits to the oil.
How long will my Achukma Pecan Oil last on the shelf? As with any premium grade oil, the life of the oil is affected by heat, light, and oxygen. Each of these three factors will reduce the life of the oil before it will start becoming rancid, or have a bad odor. Our pecan oil should keep for 12-15 months on a shelf out of direct sunlight or about twice that long when kept in the refrigerator. The good news is, we think you will enjoy your Achukma Pecan Oil so much that shelf life will not be an issue, because you will use it up way before its time. And that’s no problem, we will make you more fresh oil to keep you supplied with the perfect cooking oil.