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!
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.
If you had known me before January 4, 2016, I couldn’t have told you much about pecans, other than the fact that my family has traditionally enjoyed pecan pie as part of our Thanksgiving dessert spread for as long as I can remember. Now, 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, so the local chain grocery store version is what I am most familiar with, and they 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. San Saba Pecan has been family operated since its inception in 1972 and the Chase family has continued the tradition since acquiring it in 2003.
Quality 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 is going to be done exceptionally right, especially when it comes to our customers. In my first few months, while training in the shelling plant, I quickly developed a pride and a confidence that I was indeed 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!
Full circle for San Saba Pecan is when a like-minded customer like Tippin’s Pies 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 available in the chain stores where we typically get our Thanksgiving fixings.
As I savored every rich bite, with its wonderful blend of a golden flaky crust, delicious sugary filling, and of course, complemented with the perfect pecan specimen, I couldn’t help but think about the process that made it possible for this heavenly treat to be introduced 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 pecans each year. I’ve witnessed first-hand how our shelling plant takes added care to ensure each pecan is shelled to standards which exceed those set by the FDA.
Now I’ve tasted one of the whys of what we do; so that customers like Tippin’s Pies can convey the same quality into their products which will be enjoyed by the consumer. Of course, I am a little biased so if the good folks at Tippin’s were to ask me how they might improve upon their perfection, my answer would of course have to be by adding more pecans!
John De Los Santos
International Sales & Customer Service
San Saba Pecan, Chase Farms