How Long Are Nuts Safe To Eat Past Their Best By Date?

October 8, 2018

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Nuts can be a pricey item on your grocery list. So you want to make sure you don't toss them in the garbage because they've gone rancid. Like all foods exposed to air, heat and light, they will go bad. The good news is that shelled nuts can remain fresh for a long time, especially if they're unopened. The trick, for most nuts, is to store them in the refrigerator or freezer. For example, almonds can remain good to eat for nine to 12 months after their best-by date. However placing them in the fridge boosts its shelf life to a little over a year and if you freeze them, they're good for two years. Cashews don't have as long as a shelf life as almonds do, but their ability to stay fresh when unopened is still respectable. You can count on an unopened package of cashews being good for an additional six to nine months after the best-by date has passed. Cashews can be kept in the refrigerator for about a year and the freezer for about two years. Pistachios don't have a very long shelf life. They last three months in the package past their best-by date, and once opened, they need to be eaten in a week or two and they don't store well in either the fridge or freezer. Pecans can be kept in the pantry unopened for about six months past their best-by date. Once they're opened, unless you eat them in a week or two you can store them in the refrigerator for about a year. They can last a full two years if kept in the freezer. Walnuts can remain in the pantry six months past their best-by dates, in the refrigerator for up to a year and in the freezer for up to two years.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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