We’ve gotta admit, we’re nuts for nuts and seeds, which means we use a LOT of them. That’s why we’ve got the hot tips on the Best Ways to Store Nuts and Seeds and (lucky you) we’re ready to share them. We recently whipped up an incredible Healthy Hazelnut Chocolate Spread ***link*** using toasted hazelnuts so not only are we going to teach you the Best Ways to Store Nuts and Seeds, we’re also going to let you in on Why You’re Not Toasting Your Nuts Correctly in another post. But first, we store!
where to store your nuts & seeds
Most people store their nuts and seeds in the pantry—we always did, our moms always did…it’s been passed down through the generations. But it’s 2020 and it’s time for a new way. Tell your mom she’s wrong. JK, be nice about it. The truth is, the pantry isn’t the best place for your nuts and seeds.
The optimal place to store your nuts and seeds is…the freezer! It’s the coldest of the cold and will keep your nuts and seeds good for up to 1-2 years. That’s a long time! The runner-up place to store your nuts and seeds is the freezer’s best bud, the refrigerator. Your nuts and seeds will keep from 6 months to 1 year in the fridge. While the freezer is the best way to store nuts and seeds, we store ours in the fridge because 1. our freezer is admittedly quite packed and 2. we use them ALL the time so we don’t need them to keep super long-term.
what makes nuts & seeds go rancid?
Nuts and seeds have two enemies when it comes to turning rancid: light and heat. It’s always best to store nuts and seeds in airtight, clean containers. Glass jars will do you better than plastic bags. And while we use clear jars because we go through our nuts and seeds quite quickly, amber-colored jars are the best way to store your nuts and seeds at room temperature because they help filter out light.
If you do need to store your nuts and seeds at room temperature, be sure to put them in the pantry where you can close the door and keep them in the dark as much as possible. You certainly don’t want to store them next to the stove or oven—that heat will make them turn rancid MUCH faster.
Keep in mind where you live and the season you’re in when storing nuts and seeds. Maybe in the cool winter, you can get away with storing them in the pantry, but in Spring and Summer you clear some space to move those babies into the refrigerator or freezer.
how do i know if my nuts & seeds are rancid?
Now you know some of the Best Ways to Store Nuts and Seeds to KEEP them from going rancid, but how do you know it it’s too late and the deed’s already done? The two ways to tell if something’s gone rancid are by smell and by taste.
If something smells or tastes “off,” it’s rancid. Nuts should either smell like nothing…or like nuts. If they smell sour or bitter or like anything else, they’re rancid. If you taste it and it doesn’t quite taste right, it’s rancid. Trust your instincts. You’re a genius after all.
One more thing to note is that nuts and seeds are a bit porous, meaning they can absorb flavors from other things around them. If you’re keeping them in the fridge in not-so-airtight containers next to some chopped onions or garlic, your nuts and seeds might absorb those flavors—not what you’re going for—so be aware of what you put them next to.
Now that you know the Best Ways to Store Nuts and Seeds, check out Why You’re Not Toasting Your Nuts Correctly so you can get going on making our Healthy Hazelnut Chocolate Spread ***link***. We promise you’re gonna love it.