Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Storing Nuts for Winter (Spring, Summer or Fall) . . . Works for Me Wednesday

{Spicy Rosemary Roasted Nuts brought to you by Sylvie of Gourmande in the Kitchen...totally gorgeous, right?}

For years, I bought those little bags of nuts in the baking aisle of the grocery store, brought them home and tossed them in the pantry.  Then I read, that nuts can go bad (like rancid bad, not Lindsay Lohan bad).  I had no idea.

What works for me?  Storing them in the freezer.  

Now, I buy nuts in the grocery bulk section. When I come home from the store, it's second nature, I just pop them right in the freezer door.  They stay fresh until I need them.  No thawing; they're just ready to go.

It works for all nuts...almonds, pecans, hazelnuts...
{...and pistachios, like these from Amy of She Wears Many Hats, getting ready for They'll Make You Sing Muffins .}

Do you have a quick tip that works for you in the kitchen?

{Thank you to my pals, Sylvie & Amy for letting me borrow their pictures. I have no pretty pictures of nuts. Yes, that was as awkward for me to write as it was for you to read.} ;)

32 comments:

  1. You said Lindsey Lohan and nuts all in the same post.

    And that's why we are friends.

    Also, LOVED the tip!! I had no idea that you could just store them in the freezer with no thawing!! Totally doing that from now on.

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  2. What a great idea! Excellent tip to put them in the freezer as soon as you come home from the store!! I usually put them in my pantry and then worry when I find them later about whether or not they are still good.

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  3. Omgosh, I do the same thing! I used to notice my pecans started tasting funny after they'd been in the cupboard a while (I guess starting to go rancid?) but with the freezer trick, they stay fresh and yummy :)

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  4. Only you can write a WFMW post about freezing nuts and make me laugh out loud.

    P.S. Your last sentence was not painful to read at all, fact is, it's why I'm laughing ;)

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  5. Great idea! Do the same thing myself and it works great and I almost always have nuts.

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  6. Great tip! I never knew you could store nuts in the freezer. Thanks for sharing!!

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  7. You may like this helpful hint. I love the taste of fresh ginger, but it goes bad too quickly so I now keep a finger of ginger in the freezer and grate what I need. Hey, if you can keep your nuts in the freezer, I can keep a finger in mine! ;)

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  8. Super idea! thanks for the information!

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  9. I actually had no idea you could store nuts in the freezer! Will definitely try this.

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  10. Frozen nuts. Huh. Who would have known?

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  11. I snorted when I read, "rancid bad, no Lindsey Lohan bad." Too funny!

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  12. YES!!!......that's a trick I learned from my mom!!

    those girls takes some GORGEOUS photos don't they? {swoon}

    great tip B!!

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  13. Thanks for the tip, Bridget! It's a real money-saver.

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  14. I suddenly am craving a big bowl of pistachios! Yum and great tip, B!

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  15. I do the same thing with nuts . . . but I sometimes (do NOT read that as always!) go a step farther. Since I make homemade granola about once a month, I often divide up the pecans, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and flax into small ziplock bags, then put those into a larger ziplock bag (to keep them all together) and throw those in the freezer door. Then when it's time to make granola, I just measure out the oatmeal, grab 1 bag from the freezer, mix up the honey, maple syrup, and applesauce and everything is ready to go.

    On a totally different ingredient, I buy butter at the warehouse store and keep it in the freezer as well.

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  16. Did I miss the announced winner of the Kitchen Aid mixer? I looked all over and don't see it.

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  17. Thanks for the response! I love your blog, and even more so that you monitor the comments and answer questions.

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  18. Lindsey Lohan bad . . . literally SNORTED OUT LOUD!!! and yes, awk-ward reading that you didn't have any pretty pictures of nuts . . . DOUBLE SNORT!!

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  19. *snort* you are cute as Christmas! That is all.

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  20. Just a note--if you store your nuts in a freezer attached to a fridge, you can probably chop them straight from the freezer, but if by chance you store them in a heavier duty freezer, you may want to set them out for a few minutes before you try to chop them--especially with a hand chopper. I've broken blades on my hand chopper with frozen pecans. Still the best way to store them, though!

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  21. I had no idea nuts could go bad, much less that putting them in the freezer would keep them. Thanks very much for the tip.

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  22. You know I like to freeze rice and grains I've cooked too, makes dinner very quick and convenient.

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  23. Again you have me laughing before the sun is up! No pretty pictures of nuts! Ha!

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  24. Love mixed nuts! (Maybe because I am such a nut!)

    The perfect pairing is a sparkling white wine. I'm going to open one right now!

    Cheers!

    Nannette Eaton

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  25. I do the same thing with nuts.

    My only real tips are:
    1) When I have to chop an onion, if I don't need the whole thing I chop the rest and put them in a ziplock in the freezer. This way there are always chopped onions.

    2)If I use canned stock (gasp!) I freeze what I don't use in an icecube tray and then into a ziplock for later!

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  26. Vaccum sealed works well... they have those pouches that allows you to seal them in the store. And then drop em in the freezer like you do.

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