Nuts are one of those wonder foods that are really tasty and really good for you. However, when buying bulk nuts, they can become rancid quickly by not storing them correctly. If stored properly, nuts can last up to a year. This is because of the high fat content, especially when exposed to heat.
Preparation of Nuts
Light and heat can increase the time it takes for nuts to spoil, so it’s important to make room for them in your pantry, refrigerator, or freezer. Containers that have air-tight seals should be used when storing nuts such as glass jars, plastic containers, and freezer bags. When purchasing bulk nuts, allow yourself to have enough storing containers to ensure that you properly store all the nuts. Labels are essential by including the type of nut and the date purchased. Either make them up ahead of time or simply use masking tape and a marker.
Drying Option for Bulk Nuts
This step is not strictly needed, but will help keep your nuts fresher for longer period of time. Nuts still in their shell should be spread loosely on a tray or cookie sheet and placed next to your working furnace. The temperature should be lower than 100 degrees Fahrenheit and there should be air flow. Keep your nuts next to the furnace for two to three days and check them constantly, about every 8 to 10 hours. If the shells are cracking, that means the nuts are drying out too fast. The time it takes nuts to dry depends on what type of nut they are and how many you have to dry.
Before storing, nuts can be washed and it’s recommended that they are completely dry before placing in their containers. For short term storage, up to three months, storing in the pantry is fine and is the most commonly used form of storing. For storage up to six months, store in the refrigerator and keep away from onions and other strong-smelling foods as the nuts will pick up their smells. For longer term storage, the freezer will keep your nuts fresh up to a year. As the water content is low, freezing won’t affect the taste. Just make sure that you don’t forget to add the label.
Tips and Information
- Unsalted nuts keep longer than salted ones.
- Whole nuts keep better than chopped or ground ones.
- Pecans, peanuts, and walnuts are more prone to spoiling.
- Cashews and almonds are the least prone to spoiling.
- Raw nuts spoil faster than roasted ones.
- Always taste before using in cooking.
- Nuts in shells keep longer than those without.
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