Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Keeping Nuts

My nuts in the refrigerator next to my beloved lemons and limes.

There have been numerous times when I have talked with others about making recipes with nuts in them and find out that they store their nuts in their pantry. This would be okay if they consumed their nuts in an inhumanly fast amount of time, like within days not weeks.

Nuts have oils or fats within them that quickly go rancid if not stored properly.

The easiest way to store your nuts and seeds is in the refrigerator. If you are storing it in bulk and won't be using your nuts for months, store them in the freezer and they will last for a very long time.

So, now I am sure you will all be checking on how your nuts are doing and store them properly. You can tell your nuts are rancid by their darkened color and not so pleasant taste.

Need a recipe to help you use up your nuts try these:

Almond Pâté
Pesto Sauce

6 comments:

The Barnharts said...

i just checked mine- thanks!

Gina said...

How come they don't sell them in the refrigerated section at the grocery store, then?
Just wondering! Good tips, I need to clear out some more space in my already-packed fridge!

Marleen said...

Gina,

Great question! When unopened your nuts should stay good until the best by date. After opening your nuts, air will be the main contributor to them going rancid. Some nuts go rancid easier than others. Pecans and walnuts, I feel, go rancid within days as opposed to others it would take a few weeks.

Vacuum tight sealer machines are great for storing nuts if you need to store them in the pantry.

The easiest way I have found to store nuts and seeds is in either the refrigerator or freezer.

Jessica said...

Do you store your olive oil in the fridge too? I am more comfortable storing my oils in the fridge myself, but it seems so inconvenient the way the oils solidify and have to be left out at room temperature or put under warm water to liquify again. Any suggestions for that?

Another reason I think nuts aren't refrigerated at the store is for precious fridge space. It's more expensive for the stores to have to cool those kinds of foods rather than just having them on a shelf. The same for some kinds of produce that aren't refrigerated but should be when you take them home, and for breads (I refrigerate mine).

Marleen said...

Jessica,

I refrigerate my bread too:) They last much longer.

I do not store my olive oil in the fridge. As far as I know olive oil is high in oleic acid and contains antioxidants which slow spoiling. Olive oil is one of those fats that you can keep in the pantry for a long time.

All oils go rancid though so you should always look at the expiration date. Flax oil and other more unrefined oils should always be stored in the fridge.

Kelli said...

I didn't know this about nuts! I'll go check the dates right now.

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