Best Ways to Store Pecans
Want to know the secret to keeping your pecans fresh? It is simple. Just keep your pecans in airtight containers and store them in the refrigerator or freezer. When you are ready to serve, you can bring them to room temperature or cook with them right away, no thawing necessary.
Shelled pecans – Shelled pecans can be kept in the refrigerator for about nine months and for up to two years in the freezer.
Pecans can be thawed and refrozen repeatedly during the two-year freezing period without loss of flavor or texture.
Airtight containers, such as jars with lids, are best for storing pecans in the refrigerator. Be wary that you do not want pecans to “sweat”.
Sealed plastic bags are best for storing pecans in the freezer.
In-shell pecans can be stored in a cool, dry place for 6 to 12 months. They can be refrigerated up to 18 months and frozen for about three years.
After removal from the freezer, pecans will last for an additional two months.
When it comes to pecans and keeping them fresh, the thing to remember is that they must be kept at cool temperatures. At the very least you should keep them in the refrigerator.
Toasted nuts keep as well in the freezer as raw nuts. When you want to use some, take the container out of the freezer. It is important to allow nuts to warm up to room temperature, then open the container and take out what you want. Close the container and return to the freezer. When exposed to air, cold toasted nuts absorb moisture and may become limp. If this happens, freshen them in a 150° oven for 15-20 minutes.