Have you been wondering how to store nuts and seeds?
Once each year I organize a raw almond buy that also includes other nuts, seeds and health products. Since during the almond harvest is the only time in the U.S. when one can purchase truly raw almonds before the government pasteurizes them (did you know that some are pasteurized using PPO, which is a fuel?), we buy enough to last us the whole year, and so we need to store them properly so that they last the entire year.
Whether or not you purchase raw almonds only once per year, buying in bulk can save your family a lot of money and trips to the store. I almost never go shopping at the grocery store because I have almost everything that I need on hand at anytime. And with the price of gas being what it is today, the savings really add up!
In a nutshell (pun intended :-)), you can store your seeds and nuts:
- at room temperature for at least 3 months
- in the refrigerator for up to 6 months
- and in the freezer for a year or more
However, I have also heard of others storing nuts in the refrigerator for one year with no problems whatsoever. I know that our crop from the past year was stored partially in the fridge and partially in the freezer and they did not go rancid. One person who purchased almonds with our group buy told me that she had them stored at room temperature for a whole year and that they still tasted fine.
One thing to think about is that some nutrients may deteriorate in the freezer, particularly vitamin E. However, I am much more concerned about getting my almonds raw than about whether or not they lose some vitamin E in storage. So I am opting to store what I can in the fridge and the rest will go in the freezer.
Now, like all other busy people, I like to keep things simple and workable, so the following steps are just like those I outlined in my post on storing prepared beans.
Here are the basics of my nut and seed storage "system":
- Purchase raw seeds and nuts in bulk to save money.
- Transfer nuts and seeds to sturdy plastic bags (I purchase 6 x 3 x 15 inch 2 mm thick plastic bread bags from Country Life Natural Foods. The same size bread bags are available on Amazon, but I have not tested them.).
- Secure bags with a Twixit Clip.
- Store in fridge or freezer until it is time to soak and dehydrate.
- After dehydrating, put nuts or seeds back in original bag, seal with clip and store in fridge or in a nice glass or plastic container for easy munching access!
You can, of course, choose to store your nuts in glass or plastic containers at room temperature. Some people like to store them in canning jars for an old-fashioned pantry look.
So, that's it! Now you too can take advantage of the money-saving possibilities of purchasing nuts and seeds in bulk and store them safely!
For more bulk food storage tips check out my posts on:
- How to Store Prepared Beans
- How and Why to Dehydrate (Saving Money)- Part 1
- How and Why to Dehydrate (Saving Time and Space) - Part 2
Do you have any other bulk food storage questions?