Posted on : March 17th, 2017
Have you ever reached into your cupboard to grab a handful of almonds for a snack, only to pop them in your mouth and realize they’re stale and chewy instead of fresh and crunchy? Or how about using those almonds stored in the pantry to make cookies, only to find that those warm, freshly baked cookies pack a not-so-delicious taste. You followed the recipe, so what happened?
Well, it could be that your almonds went rancid. While eating rancid nuts isn’t unsafe, they can pack a seriously sharp flavor that can taste unpleasant and ruin a recipe such as that freshly baked batch of cookies.
In the scenarios above, the almonds were stored at room temperature in the cupboard, which only allows almonds to maintain quality for a few months. The storage life of almonds is shorter at room temperature than when they’re stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Knowing how to store almonds properly can help ensure their freshness for longer than you might think.
To store whole natural almonds for up to two years with no significant loss in quality, keep them in dark, cool, dry conditions of lower than 40 degrees F, and relative humidity levels of less than 65 percent. Because they’re high in oil and monounsaturated fats (the good kind you want for a healthy diet and healthy heart) almonds can easily go rancid from light and heat exposure.
Keep almonds in plastic airtight food contains, plastic freezer bags or vacuum bags. This helps reduce ice crystals from forming and protect them from “freezer burn.”
If storing the almonds at room temperature, the airtight storage keeps the almonds from absorbing odors or strong smells if exposed for a prolonged period of time. For example, if the almonds are stored in a bowl on the counter next to the bananas, they will start to actually taste like the bananas.
Lastly, for the best of both worlds, try storing almonds in the refrigerator. They’ll have a longer shelf life, but also not be too cold when you reach in for a quick snack.
Because almonds have health benefits, are versatile in recipes, and are just plain delicious, we bet the almonds in your kitchen won’t last for long because you’ll be consuming them by the handful! When you run out, visit our online store to see the variety of nuts and flavors available to be shipped straight to your door.
Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products, Inc. was founded on strong beliefs and passion for offering unique, flavorful, top-quality, almond products. We strongly believe in earth-friendly practices that start on our family owned and operated orchards. We use organic farming practices and continue in the process by using all natural ingredients with no preservatives or GMOs. We believe in honest, friendly, and helpful customer relations at all levels. We take pride in every task, every day, with every person.