Storing pecans and other nuts


During the holiday season, pecans and other nuts are commonly given as gifts
or purchased for holiday cooking. Nuts can quickly lose quality if not
stored properly. Excessive water loss can lead to shriveled nutmeats, and
the fats and oils in nuts can quickly spoil – developing an off-flavor or
rancid taste. Store shelled (or unshelled nuts) in the refrigerator, or
preferably the freezer. Nuts quickly absorb flavors from other stored
products, so store them in a tightly sealed container so they won’t lose
water or absorb flavors from other fruits or vegetables. A solid plastic
container with a tightly fitting lid is preferred. You can use a heavy grade
resealable plastic bag as well. If nutmeats are tightly sealed, they can be
stored in a freezer for up to one year, but using them within six months is


By:  Ward Upham


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