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How To Store Nuts



How to Store Nuts

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Nuts are the ultimate frugal food. They're rich in protein and heart healthy fat, can be found and harvested for free and turn the simplest of recipes into a gourmet treat. Ready to start stockpiling nuts like a squirrel? Here's how to store your nuts for year-round enjoyment:

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Depends on size of harvest

Here's How:

  1. Dry nuts fully before storing. (Not necessary for chestnuts).

  2. Place nuts in air-tight containers to maintain the proper moisture level.
  3. Keep nuts away from onions and other high-odor foods (Nuts will readily take on the smell of things around them.)
  4. Store shelled nuts at room temperature for up to three months. Store shelled or unshelled nuts in the refrigerator for up to six months, or in the freezer for a year or more.


  1. For peak freshness, store nuts in the shell until you are ready to use them.
  2. Chestnuts are not as shelf-stable as other nut varieties and must be handled differently. Refer to, How to Harvest and Store Chestnuts, for complete storage instructions.
  3. Label your packages of nuts with the date that they were put into storage.

What You Need:

  • Air-tight storage containers
  • Masking tape
  • A marker
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