Pecans from San Saba Pecan

The Best Pecans Make the Best Pecan Pie

This month we’re pleased to have John De Los Santos of San Saba Pecan in Texas as our guest blogger. Not only does San Saba grow the best pecans, their pecans make the best ingredients for Tippin’s signature pecan pies. And since July 12 is National Pecan Pie Day, you know how we’ll be celebrating!

pe·can
/pəˈkän,ˈpēˌkan/ noun
1. A smooth brown nut with an edible kernel similar to a walnut.

Pecan pie – Wikipedia: Pecan pie is a pie of pecan nuts mixed with a filling of eggs, butter, and sugar (typically corn syrup). Variations may include white or brown sugar, sugar syrup, molasses, maple syrup or honey.

My Pecan Pie Experience

If you had known me before January 4, 2016, I couldn’t have told you much about pecans. My family has traditionally enjoyed pecan pie as part of our Thanksgiving dessert spread for as long as I can remember. But when I say “enjoyed,” all I mean to say is that it was always available. Unfortunately, but understandably so, homemade pies have long gone by the wayside at home. The local chain grocery store version is what I am most familiar with, and it always served the purpose.

Much can change in a year. While I have worked for the Chase family now going on 7 years, in January 2016 I was given the opportunity to join their pecan shelling company, San Saba Pecan, which services their affiliate Chase Farms, the largest grower processor of pecans in the world. Family operated since 1972, the Chase family has continued the tradition since acquiring San Saba Pecan in 2003.

Tippin's pecan pieQuality has been the calling card of the Chase family since I have known them, and there are three generations of Chases spread throughout their numerous companies, including Richard at Chase Farms and daughter Kortney Chase who heads up San Saba Pecan. Anything worth doing, the Chase family will do exceptionally right, especially when it comes to our customers.

In my first few months, while training in the shelling plant, I quickly developed pride and confidence in working for the best pecan company in the world. Of course, I always use this as my ace card when beginning discussions with a prospective new client!

Quality Matters

Full circle for San Saba Pecan is when a like-minded customer like Tippin’s takes our quality pecans and incorporates them into their own quality products. I recently tasted a slice of a Tippin’s pecan pie and I knew instantly that it was no ordinary pie. It is definitely unlike any pie available in the chain stores where we typically get our Thanksgiving fixings.

Tippin’s pecan pie boasts a wonderful blend of golden flaky crust, delicious sugary filling, and of course, the perfect pecan specimens. As I savored every rich bite, I thought about the process that made it possible for this heavenly treat to make it to my belly.

In the past, it’s been easy to take such a simple pleasure for granted, but not anymore. I know, all too well, the love and care that goes into producing the highest quality, best pecans each year. I’ve witnessed first-hand how our shelling plant takes added care to ensure each pecan is shelled to standards that exceed those set by the FDA.

Now I’ve tasted one of the “whys” of what we do. It’s so customers like Tippin’s Pies can put the same high quality into their pies to delight the consumer. Of course, I am a little biased. So if the good folks at Tippin’s ask how they might improve upon their pie, my answer would have to be by adding more pecans!

John De Los Santos
International Sales & Customer Service
San Saba Pecan, Chase Farms

Watch San Saba’s video to see how they grow and process pecans: