Prairie Pantry Products
Prairie Pantry's offerings range from NeedaCookies and Gourmet Granola, to Sweet Maple Pecan Butter and Gourmet Apple Butter, to Wildflower Honey and cosmetic-grade beeswax.
For complete information on NeedaCookies
please visit www.needacookie.com.
Fresh and crispy maple-coated pecans, oats, sesame seeds,
and toasted coconut chips are blended with natural fun
Choose your favorites: Cherry, Banana, Cocoa,
Coconut, or Ginger.
Prairie Pantry granolas are made from only the best ingredients: certified gluten-free oats, *Maple Valley Co-op syrup, pecans, grapeseed oil, *unsweetened coconut chips, Spokane wildflower honey, *sesame seeds, *flavor extracts, natural colors (cherry and banana), *cacao nibs (cocoa), *crystallized ginger (ginger) and sea salt. (*organic)
Sweet Maple Pecan Butter
Prairie Pantry pecan butter is unique -
typically not found in stores. While some
nut butters are simply finely ground raw
nuts, and some are toasted before
grinding, to bring out their flavor;
Prairie Pantry pecan butter undergoes
additional steps in its journey to the jar.
First the pecans are soaked overnight;
and then they’re dehydrated all day.
Only then can they be toasted, turned
into butter, blended with maple syrup
and perhaps cacao nibs, and bottled up.
Soaking and dehydrating is a time-consuming process that is probably impractical for large-scale producers, but is doable on a small to medium scale.
Soaking and dehydrating is believed to reduce phytic acid, which improves digestibility and consequently improves our ability to absorb the nuts’ nutrients. There are several web sites that discuss this subject and explain better than I could hope to. One is by the Weston Price Foundation. Another is Chris Kresser's web page.
Even without the benefit of improved digestibility, soaking the nuts mellows the flavor and removes bitterness that can be tasted in raw nuts or those that are simply toasted.
Indulge in a spoonful for a treat. Or enjoy it with fruit and crackers. Prairie Pantry pecan butter is all natural, with no sugar and no stabilizers to inhibit oil separation. Even so, it is remarkably spreadable.
Yes, it is possible to make apple
butter without corn syrup or even
cane sugar! Let the natural sweetness
of the apples shine through. This
classic-flavored apple butter is smooth
and spicy. We start by making
applesauce from our organically
homegrown apples; then leave it to
simmer all day and night, to caramelize
the apples and bring out their natural sweetness.
Honey and Beeswax
All beekeepers are partial to their bees;
but ours really are special! They enjoy a
nectar diet based on the wide
variety of fruits, vegetables,
perennials, and annual flowers we have
planted at Prairie Pantry. The honey is
always light and floral in flavor. It has a
real following around Five Mile Prairie
now, and is in limited supply; so we only
sell it locally.
Fruits and Vegetables
Prettiest of all, are pictures from the garden.