There are many ways to store nuts.which differ from each other depending on whether the nuts are peeled or in the shell.
The storage of these healing kernels is important, because it will be possible for a long time to use personally picked nuts, or bought in a season at a lower price.
Proper raw materials are the key to long-term storage at home.
To keep the nuts as long as possible, you need to choose the right raw materials, avoiding contact with spoiled product:
- it is best to store whole nuts, because they are quickly damp when crushed;
- buying nuts, you should pay attention to the shelf life, the erased date says that the product has been on the shelves for a very long time;
- dark spots of characteristic color appear on dried or moldy nuts;
- also the spoiled product smells unpleasant and can sometimes cause a vomiting reflex;
- experienced housewives argue that by purchasing peeled nuts, you can protect yourself from buying "a cat in a bag." Old kernels can be distinguished by a dark, yellow shade, a wrinkled surface, or the presence of dark spots;
- there is one little trick; expired in-shell nuts will rattle when shaken;
- if a yellow cloud of dust is formed when the shell is opened, it means that the product is damaged;
- It is advisable to try the nuts before buying, they should not be bitter;
- if possible, you can ask the seller for a bag in which the nuts were lying; there should be no traces of various insects and mold on it.
There are also signs by which one can determine the freshness of a particular type of nut:
- Walnuts - if you try to crush the shell with your fingers, then with old nuts it will work out, but with fresh ones it will not.
- Pistachios - these nuts must be disclosed, and you can easily distinguish how this process went, naturally or mechanically. If the pistachios opened themselves, then when you try to return the shell to its original position, the joint will not touch.
- Pine nuts - spoiled peeled nuts produce darkening of the tip. If the kernels are sold in the shell, then there should be no garbage in the package. Also on each shell should be a dark dot, this suggests that it is not empty. Another sign of the old product will be too dark shell or the presence of plaque on it.
- Hazelnut spoils much faster than other nuts, and it must be stored very carefully, so it is best to buy kernels in the shell, and there should be no mechanical damage on it.
We decide on terms: how much to store?
The storage times for nuts vary. depending on the conditions in which they lie.
The shelf life of peeled nuts is conventionally equal to the following figures:
- in a place with room temperature - 2-3 weeks;
- nuts can be stored in the refrigerator or cellar for up to 3 months;
- if the kernels are frozen, the shelf life is increased to 1 year.
All individual types of nuts are a little bit different, but differ in terms of shelf life.
How much and under what conditions can walnuts, hazelnuts and others be stored
|Almond||Almonds will not deteriorate only if it has been properly dried, that is, the skin has not wrinkled and has not been damaged. Usually, these nuts are recommended to be stored at a temperature of 5-7 degrees and humidity of 55-65 degrees, providing protection from sunlight. Under such conditions, the kernels can last for up to 12 months, if the nuts are frozen, the shelf life is increased to 1.5 years. When you purchase a product in the shell, the terms increase by 2-3 months.|
|Cashew nuts||These nuts are stored at cold temperatures (4-6 degrees) in a dry place for about a year, if you keep the product at room temperature, the time is reduced to 1 month. Inshell nuts stored in the refrigerator or frozen peeled kernels can last for up to 1.5 years.|
|Hazelnut||Fresh hazelnuts are considered perishable in comparison with other nuts. Peeled kernels must be stored in an airtight container and in a dry place. At room temperature, the shelf life is 3 months, when stored in a refrigerator for six months, frozen hazelnuts can last more than a year. Inshell nuts stored for 2-3 months|
longer. 6 months after storage, hazelnuts become hard and lose some vitamins.
|Peanut||This nut must be stored in a dry and well-ventilated area. At room temperature, peeled peanuts are stored for no more than 2 weeks, in the refrigerator for 3 months, and in the freezer for 6 months. Untreated kernels can be stored for 6-9 months under the condition of a comfortable temperature of 5-7 degrees.|
|Pistachios||These nuts can only be stored in a sealed package in a dry place. indoors, they can lie no more than 1-2 weeks, in a cold place for up to 3 months, and in a frozen state, the peeled kernels are stored for up to six months. Inshell pistachios, packaged at the enterprise, retain their freshness up to 1 year.|
|Walnuts||In this case, it is very important to observe the storage conditions, the place must be dry and ventilated, and the container is sealed. Peeled nuts are stored in the refrigerator for no longer than 3 months, and in the freezer for up to six months. The presence of the shell increases these periods by 2-3 months.|
How to save peeled nuts
There are several ways by which you can save nuts for the required amount of time.
If you plan to eat nuts in the near futurethen you can keep them at room temperature. To do this, experienced housewives recommend sticking to the following recommendations:
- Some types of nuts, such as walnuts, almonds and cashews, need to be ignited in a frying pan without oil or in the oven;
- Chopped nuts will spoil much faster, so only whole kernels are chosen for storage.
- They are put in a tin or glass jar and tightly closed.
- You can also use fabric bags.
- You can not use plastic bags for storage, because they will not be able to provide the necessary air circulation and the nuts will begin to grind and mold.
- It is best to choose dry and dark places for storage.
How much and how to store walnuts at home:
If nuts need to be kept for a longer period, in this case, they are cleaned in the refrigerator, following some tricks:
- It is best to store peeled nuts on the top shelf of the refrigerator;
- Before placing the kernels in the container, they must be sorted and removed all the rotted nuts, because they can damage the entire lot, it is also desirable to carry out heat treatment;
- for these purposes, you can use glass, plastic or tin capacity.
If you plan to keep the nuts until the next season, it is best to put them in the freezer, for this you need:
- whole, peeled nuts are sifted and calcined;
- after that they are laid out into small portions in order to make use more convenient. Nuts can not be re-frozen, in which case they will lose their taste and healthy qualities;
- for storage in the freezer portions of nuts individually wrapped in baking paper or foil, you can also use food wrap.
Nuts have a peculiarity to absorb odors, so they are kept separate from other products.
Using these methods, you can save tasty kernels for a long time, while avoiding product damage.
You can also save the nuts by preserving:
- You can cook walnut jam;
- Also, many people love nuts, combined with honey.
How to extend the shelf life of inshell nuts
Inshell nuts are stored for much longer than peeled kernel, while you need to follow some guidelines:
- First you need to sort through the nuts, while removing the specimens with damaged shells.
- Large glass or iron cans are used as containers, which are placed in a dry, dark and cool place.
- You can also use canvas bags that hang from the ceiling in a cool and well-ventilated area.
- Another possible packaging may be wooden boxes.
- The maximum temperature at which the nuts do not dry out and not lose their taste, will be plus 10 degrees.
- You also need to take into account the properties of nuts to absorb foreign odors, so it is better not to store them together with onions, garlic, etc.
Nuts in the shell, though they take up more space, but at the same time they will be stored longer and retain all the benefits.
All types of nuts differ slightly in terms of shelf life, so you need to take into account such nuances.