Stocking upon almonds for those holiday baking? Just make sure that you keep them in your freezer, and not in your pantry. Almonds turn stale if they are not stored properly, however they do not turn poisonous. While rich presence of fats render the taste to the nuts, the same ingredients can make them rancid, when subjected to heat and light. Keeping them in a opaque, airtight containers in the freezer would keep them fresh and last longer.
According to California Almond Board, natural almonds last for about two years when stored in the freezer or refrigerator in an airtight vessel, while roasted almonds last for one year, under similar conditions. Since light as well as heat can spoil the almonds, it is always advisable to use freezer bags or plastic containers to store them.
How Long Can You Store Your Almonds Without Being Spoiled
Here is a short table that would give you an overview of how long do these brown skinned nuts remain intact.
|Place of Storage||Duration|
|Pantry||4 to 8 weeks|
|Freezer||12 to 15 months|
Here are few tips that you can always refer to while storing the almonds to extend their shelf life.
Dry Almonds, When Storing In Bulk
While this is optional, drying the almonds could give them a better shelf life. Spread the nuts on a dry cookie sheet and place them next to your furnace or any place where the temperature is less than 37 degree Celsius for 2 to 3 days, checking them every 10 hours. If you see a crack, then they would have started drying out too fast.
Ensure that the almonds are completely dry before you store them. Opt for airtight containers, preferably opaque ones, to store the nuts, that are free of moisture. You can store them in your pantry for about 4 to 8 weeks, away from light and heat. If you are storing it in the refrigerator or freezer, then ensure that they are kept away from foods that possess stringent odors. If you are planning to use the nuts after one year, then freezer would be the ideal place.
How To Store Almonds Longer
As mentioned above, it is advisable to store the nuts in the refrigerator in a container that is free from all kinds of contaminants as well as water. You can seal the lid to offer extra protection as well as to prevent the nuts from absorbing the odors present in the storing environments.
The shelf life is cut down once the packages are opened. So, transfer the nuts, once you open the package, to a container or a re-sealable bag to prevent them from turning rancid.
Tips For Storing Almonds Longer
- Unsalted almonds have longer shelf life than salted variants.
- It is advisable to store the nuts as whole rather than grounding or chopping the same.
- Raw almonds tend to get spoiled faster than the roasted almonds.
- Thaw the almonds when you need them in your cooking and refreeze the rest after the use, sealing the bag or container thoroughly.
- Rancid almonds often develop a bitter taste. So, check the flavor of the nuts always before cooking to avoid using the spoiled ones.
- Nuts, with shells, last longer.
It is always advisable to buy the nuts in smaller quantities as there are chances of them getting spoiled, despite proper storage, especially if you reside in warm climates. Ensure that the almonds as well as the storing containers or bags are completely free from moisture. Do you have any tips that could extend the shelf life of almonds? Share with us.