When you grab a tin of nuts from the grocery store, you likely don’t think anything about stashing them in your cupboard or pantry. After all, they’re on a shelf at the store. Turns out, though, there’s a better storage method.
You should be storing your nuts in the refrigerator.
Isabel Maples, nutritionist and registered dietician with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said it’s the nuts high concentration of unsaturated fats that causes them to need refrigeration. She went on to explain that the fats are what can easily go rancid and ultimately affect the taste and smell of the snack. High-fat nuts like pecans are even more susceptible.
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That doesn’t mean you need to store your nuts in the fridge right away, though. Once open, they are good in your pantry or cupboard for a few weeks. If, however, you purchase in bulk and don’t eat them right away, the fridge is best.
To store them, place the snack in an airtight container so that they’re kept away from any moisture that might get into the fridge. You can also use a freezer bag. Once they’re in storage, the nuts will be good for several months in the refrigerator. You can also freeze them and keep them for up to a year.
Over purchased and running out of storage space in your fridge? Try making nut butter!