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How to Freeze Nuts to Maintain Freshness

Updated on September 25, 2014
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How to Freeze Nuts to Maintain Freshness
How to Freeze Nuts to Maintain Freshness | Source

Nuts are incredibly healthy and versatile, and are a staple in many kitchens. They can be used in recipes and as a quick snack. Unfortunately, they can easily turn rancid if left in the cupboard too long or if improperly sealed. More then once I have pulled out some pecans for a recipe only to find that they had gone bad.

The best way to maintain freshness for nuts is to freeze them. It is quick and easy, and a great way to save money. Freezing nuts also significantly increases their shelf life.

Nut types and facts

Types of nuts
Interesting facts
Almonds
One serving contains 9% of the daily recommended amount of calcium.
Brazil Nuts
2 brazil nuts have the same amount of calories as an egg.
Cashew Nuts
One serving of cashews has more iron than a steak.
Chestnuts
Chestnuts have the lowest amount of calories of any nut.
Coconuts
The fats in coconut have been found to promote weight-loss in certain studies.
Hazelnuts
Hazelnuts have a high concentration of copper.
Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts are the fattiest of all nuts.
Peanuts
Peanuts are actually a legume, but are treated as nuts.
Pecan Nuts
There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans.
Pine Nuts
Pine nuts are loaded with potassium.
Pistachio Nuts
Pistachios have been shown to reduce bilirubin levels.
Walnuts
Walnuts are the main non-fish source of alpha-linolenic acid, an Omega-3 fatty acid.
Table data taken from the Foods-Healing-Power.com website.

Nut storage tips

Before freezing, there are a few things you will need to know.

  • Buy in bulk - Buy nuts in bulk from a specialty store or an online supplier instead of the local grocery store. You will get a much better deal and usually the nuts are fresher than the ones sitting on the store shelf.
  • Make sure the nuts are fresh - Freeze nuts as quickly as possible after date of purchase. One of the easiest ways to tell if nuts are fresh is by smell. If they have a sour or rancid smell, throw them out. Fresh nuts do not have a strong odor. They are also bad if they have a soft or mushy texture.
  • Shelled or unshelled - Nuts can be frozen shelled or unshelled.
  • Chopped or unchopped - Nuts can be frozen chopped or unchopped. If you use a lot of chopped nuts in recipes, it will save time to freeze them chopped and in measured portions.
  • How long nuts should be stored - Frozen, nuts can last 18 to 24 months. Nuts stored in the pantry have an estimated shelf life of 6 to 9 months.
  • Containers for freezing - Use airtight plastic containers to freeze nuts. Nuts easily absorb the odors of other foods so be mindful when storing. Double bag if using freezer bags.

How to freeze nuts - A step by step photo guide

Follow these simple steps to freeze nuts.

*Note: These instructions are for all nuts except chestnuts and coconuts, which have different flesh and should be prepared for freezing in another method.

Step 1 - Purchase nuts you plan on freezing

Pecans and walnuts in their original packaging.  The bags have been opened so they should be frozen promptly.
Pecans and walnuts in their original packaging. The bags have been opened so they should be frozen promptly. | Source

Step 2 - Choose containers for freezing

Nuts can be frozen in any airtight container. To save space, use freezer bags that can lay flat or be compressed in a tight space. Before freezing, make sure that containers are not damp. This will ruin the nuts.

Step 3 - Label containers and place nuts in them

Nuts in freezer bags labeled and measured.  Don't forget to include the date that the nuts were frozen.
Nuts in freezer bags labeled and measured. Don't forget to include the date that the nuts were frozen. | Source
Small bags of nuts are placed inside a larger freezer bag for protection against food odors and dampness.
Small bags of nuts are placed inside a larger freezer bag for protection against food odors and dampness. | Source

Double the shelf life of nuts by freezing them

Using only a few simple steps, freezing nuts is the perfect way to keep them longer. No special preparations are necessary, and almost everyone has the supplies needed in their pantry.

Next time nuts are on sale at your local grocery store, or you buy a few pounds in bulk, try freezing them. You'll be enjoying fresh nuts for months to come.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Ha Ha fpherj48.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hello The Examiner-1 - We do too and also have lots leftover from the holidays. This is a great way to preserve them Thanks for stopping by.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OK, Glimmer Twin.....I simply cannot resist.

      "Universal Timing," has always intrigued me.

      Now, WHY else do you suppose that this older hub of yours about freezing nuts, has been recycled, at the precise point and time the country has been covered with an Arctic blanket...AND..we have been gifted with a hub from a newbie, named "Travis," all about Penis Envy?

      Amazing..............

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      GlimmerTwinFan,

      I eat nuts all of the time (instead of chips, etc.) and after reading this I will keep it in mind. Thank you.

      Kevin

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you rajan. It's amazing how expensive nuts are these days. I have been freezing more things to save money.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Voted up, useful and interesting. We keep nuts frozen too. They last at least twice as long. And can be enjoyed even when they are expensive in the market.Thanks for sharing.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      It's amazing how much longer they last when frozen. Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for the support.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting. I have stored them in the refrigerator, but never thought of freezing them. Thank you for sharing this idea with us. Voted up and sharing!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate the kind comments nikida. I just used some in a recipe the other day!

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      nikida 4 years ago

      Great hub about freezing nuts full of useful information!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you prasetio30. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate the comments.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. I'll show this hub to my mom. I believe that she'll like it. Good job and voted up. Have a nice weekend!

      Prasetio

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Pamela99 - Thanks for reading this hub and for your comments. It seems like pecans are the favorites so far in the comments. A lot of us have them in our freezers.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Excellent tips on freezing nuts. We always buy pecans in bulk and freeze as you described. I haven't tried freezing any other nuts in bulk however. Interesting article.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      moonlake - I dividing into measured amounts. It's so easy for baking. Also, that way we don't snack on as many if I pull a baggie of them out of the freezer. Thanks for commenting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi tebo - Thanks for stopping by this hub. I'm glad you found it useful.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it Denise! I had not thought about it too much either. Just something I did.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Sunshine!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Very useful hub. I always freeze nuts pretty much the way you do. We buy nuts out of town where they're cheaper so we buy the larger bags and need a way to keep them. I never thought of doing them by cups. I use the larger ziploc bags and put the whole bag in it. Congrats on Hub Of The Day.

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      I too never knew or ever dreamed of freezing nuts. What a great idea especially as nuts can be quite expensive at times. Thanks for the information.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a great idea to maintain their freshness. I'm like Bill-I just have never thought of doing this. Very useful info here: UP/U/I

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Congrats on your HOTD Glimmer!!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate the comments Jackie! We love to snack on them in our house too but manage to keep a bunch in the freezer. It's amazing how healthy they are.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks for commenting sgbrown. I love pecans and they don't last too long in our house either.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi michellebell1972 - I had lots left over too. They are in the freezer now. Thanks for the comments.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      RelationshipC - Freezing them will save your family a lot of money since it sounds like you eat a lot of them. Thanks for commenting.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Congrats! Great job. I keep nuts frozen, (either pecans or walnuts) usually in the zip pk I buy them in and they are always so fresh and perfect. I have some almost every day since they are so good for us and I just love the snack.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great hub! I love pecans and usually have a bunch that I have picked up each year. I didn't get any pecans this year and I have really been missing them. I have kept pecans in the freezer before, but they usually don't last very long! Voting this up and useful! :)

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      Michelle 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      great to know, I have a lot of nuts leftover from my holiday baking! Thank you

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I never knew you could freeze nuts either...it will be a tip I pass on to my mom.

      Around my house they never last that long. Especially since we have gone vegan, nuts are in our main courses and desserts.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Just Ask Susan! How nice to have an almond tree. We don't have any nut trees...well acorns, but they are a nuisance.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I wish I'd have know this years ago as we had an almond tree in our yard and freezing the almonds would have been great. So glad that I now know that you can freeze nuts. Thanks and Congrats on your well deserved HOTD!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi mvillecat - It saves a lot of work and 20 pounds is a lot of pecans! I bet they are delicious. Thanks for visiting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks seanorjohn! It is amazing how much money one can save buying nuts in bulk. I appreciate the comments.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it tammyswallow! Thanks.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Sharyn! When I forget to put the dates on things I freeze they end up going down to the dark corner and I forget about them until they go bad. I appreciate the comments.

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      Catherine Dean 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      I had no idea that you can freeze nuts in their shells. I have my last twenty pounds of pecans from my tree waiting to be shelled and frozen. I will freeze them now for later shelling. Wonderful hub! Sharing.

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      seanorjohn 4 years ago

      Congrats on well deserved HOTD. Never realised it was possible to freeze them. Great advice onbuying in bulk for freshness and cost. Liked your way of labelling too. Voted up

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Gorgeous hub with great photos! Congrats on this helpful Hub of the Day!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Gosh, I didn't realize this was an HOTD. I got here simply through my HP emails that I am behind on. Congrats Glimmer! I have froze my nuts (ha, that sounds so funny) for many years. One thing I need to remember is to put a date on the package. Great advice and really really nice photos!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Janine - Many thanks for all of your support. It really means a lot to me. :-)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much RTalloni. I really appreciate your kind words.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Congrats on the HOTD and so very well deserved!! Am re-tweeting and re-sharing, too!!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Just stopping back by to say congrats on your Hub of the Day award! Thanks again for a helpful look at how to preserve the freshness of nuts.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate the comments ct92. I hope you give it a try.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Erik - I'm glad it worked for you.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Bill. I appreciate it.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it cclitgirl! I love black walnuts. They have such an earthy taste. Thanks for commenting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks tillsontitan! I usually buy them in bulk and on sale. It always seems like they hike the price up around the holidays and this saves me money.

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      4 years ago from Denmark

      Great original post, didn't know this tip!

      Thanks!

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      Erik 4 years ago

      Tried it. Works really well :) thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Congratulations on the HOTD...well-deserved my friend.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Congrats on HOTD! This is a great hub full of wonderful information. I have some black walnuts that I need to freeze and your information here helps me do just that. Thank you!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I don't often have nuts left over but it would be a good idea to keep some in the freezer so I have them on hand. Thanks so much for this helpful hub and Congrats on HOTD! Great job all around.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks rebeccamealey! We love nuts in our house too and they really are good for us (in some moderation).

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks dghbrh. I'm glad it was useful to you. I appreciate the support.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Stephanie. I'm glad you found it useful!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good tips for freezing nuts. I love fresh nuts. Congratulations, Glimmer Twin Fan!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it DreamerMeg.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks purl3agony!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Thelma! I hope your hazelnuts are still good. It always surprises me how nuts can be good one day and then turn the next. I appreciate the comments.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Many congratulations on HOTD ! Its indeed a useful hub. Thank you for sharing this one. Votes way up .

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your HOTD! Enjoyed your very useful article on freezing nuts and I loved your photographs, too! Voted up and useful!

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      DreamerMeg 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Never thought of freezing nuts before. Thanks.

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      Donna Herron 4 years ago from USA

      Great info! Thanks for sharing!!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Great tips. Congrats on the HOTD award! I have not tried freezing nuts before but I´ll do it now as I have hazel nuts stored in the cupboard for my hazelnut cakes and I don´t want to waste them before I could used them. Thanks for sharing.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you Penelope. I appreciate the comments and I am glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it Suzie HQ! I had no idea about some of the nut facts either. It was fun to research this hub and I was inspired to eat more nuts. Thanks for all of the support!

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Congratulations on your well deserved, interesting win of HOTD! It's a super helpful, great hub and thanks so much. Voting up and across. Penelope

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Glimmer Twin,

      Congrats on HOTD!! What an interesting article, I don't think I knew to freeze nuts, believe it or not! Both me and my other half are big nuts and nut fans so this is great info to know! Loved your info on all the nuts, how interesting to read cashew have more iron than steak in a single serving and walnuts are so beneficial. We love all nuts and I knew certain nuts were "healthier" than others but these titbits are great. Loved your pics of bagged nuts and what an extension of shelf life by freezing. Great info, vu, interesting, useful, shared!!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much pstraubie48! Nuts are unbelievably expensive these days so you are right about wanting to keep them longer. I appreciate the comments.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good advcie. My Momma taught me to do this long ago. As costly as they have gottent today we sure want to make them last as long as possible.

      Congrats on HOTD. ps

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much midget38! It's amazing how much longer they keep in the freezer.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for this, and these nuts can be kept for a really long time!! Thanks for sharing!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Jill. I use nuts in baking all year long so this method really helps. Have a great day!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Ha fpherj! We should all be frozen in our house! Thanks for commenting!

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      What a useful hub! And really well organized. Good one! Voted up, etc.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Glimmer....Great info.....I keep a couple bags of walnuts in the pantry all the time....it's my favorite snack. Now I can buy more at a time.

      Also, I just got home from shopping. It's 20 degrees here...and I am one frozen nut...I can assure you!....UP+++

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Sally's Trove! I hate having to throw away expensive food that spoils. This is a good solution.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi breafastpop - They thaw in no time so it's easy to take out a handful and leave them out for a little while and they are ready for snacking. Thanks for the visit.

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      Sherri 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I never thought about freezing nuts. What a good idea. Too often I've had to toss nuts stored in air-tight bags in the refrigerator because they've gone rancid after only a month or two.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for this information. I use nuts in so many recipes and I snack on them throughout the day. Voted up and useful...

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks RTalloni! I always love saving money where I can.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Important and helpful info for getting the most for our money when it comes to nuts--thanks!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it Sunshine! I'm more of a pecan girl myself, but they are all good tossed in muffins and brownies. Thanks.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Mike! I'm glad you found the hub useful.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Shiningirisheyes - you are right, such a money saver and I had so many nuts left over from baking this holiday. I hate to throw out expensive food that has gone bad.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I freeze shelled walnuts and have them year round to toss in muffins and brownies! Yum!!! Excellent tip Glimmer!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      I do freeze nuts but not in the wonderful way you suggested .. I will be using your advice from now on :)

      thanks, voted and shared!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Great suggestion and instruction. Never knew you could freeze nuts. Major money saver here.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Mary - I was surprised by how many I had left over, but I think I miscalculated when I was figuring out my baking needs for the holiday. I bet they look pretty in the mason jars. I can't wait to see your hub. Thanks for commenting.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      You are so lucky to have nuts left over! I used all the ones my daughter sent me from Georgia last year. I preserve nuts in Mason jars. I wrote a Hub about my method. It's really simple. Just make sure the jar is properly sealed. Read my Hub when you have some time to see how to do itl

      I voted this UP, etc.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Chris. I always hate throwing out because they are so expensive. Sometimes they seem to turn much more quickly than I would have thought. I appreciate the comments.

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      Christine McDade 4 years ago from Southwest Florida

      Great advice for keeping nuts for future recipes. They are costly and it is always a shame to have to throw them away when they go bad. Thanks.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much teaches. I have loads of nuts left over from holiday baking and this will save them a lot longer.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Excellent advice on how to extend the life on nuts. I will be using this advice! Voted up.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Bill! It's amazing how much longer they last in the freezer. In general I think most females are the bigger nuts in families! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You know, I don't think I ever knew that you could freeze nuts....not that I ever doubted it....it's just that I've never done it. Thanks for the information, which is being passed on to Bev immediately. She's the big nut in our family. LOL