PREP Nuts in long term storage

Raggedyman

Res ipsa loquitur
I have a case of 12 - 23oz jars of Planters Black Label Santa Fe Roasted Chipolte Seasoned Cashews and Almonds in the long term storage area of our cold cellar. the case is dated 3 of 09 - meaning it was put back in march of 09 - over 10 years ago. the "best by" date is 8.14.10

earlier tonight I decided to crack opened a jar with a cold Moose Head - ABSOLUTELY PERFECT - perfect texture and taste. not the faintest hint of rancidity - something one would reasonably be concerned about given the oils and fats typical of nuts.

several months back I described opening a jar of whole almonds that had been "lost on the shelf". originally purchased in bulk from Sams and subsequently packaged down - something we typically do using a vacuum sealer and quart or half gallon mason jars (we always store those WITH the rings placed after drawing a vacuum). that particular jar of almonds had a date of mid 2003 - it had been in that cold cellar SIXTEEN YEARS and it was also perfect in every way.

just a "JFYI" report for any one who might be interested . . .
 

jed turtle

a brother in the Lord
Very surprised to hear it. I would think that freezing seeds and nuts would better guarantee a longer shelf life.
 

AlaskaSue

North to the Future
That is very good to read, Raggedy! Since you're in Region IV, your weather is considerably warmer that what we have up here. I think I need to do what you did, as it seems to have worked very well for you. Hoping our cooler temps could see at least as good results as you've had.

Got to get on with canning a lot of meat next month, so will throw this in the mix as well! Thanks for the great report! :)
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
The same happened here. I found a large can of Planter's dry roasted nuts that had somehow got shoved way back in the pantry that were at least 10 yrs. old. I got them out, opened them (just knowing I was gonna have to throw them out). Nope, they were just fine. We live in a hot and very humid climate.

I do store all the pecans off of our tree in my freezer, though, once they are hulled and chopped.
 

Kathy in FL

Has No Life - Lives on TB
The same happened here. I found a large can of Planter's dry roasted nuts that had somehow got shoved way back in the pantry that were at least 10 yrs. old. I got them out, opened them (just knowing I was gonna have to throw them out). Nope, they were just fine. We live in a hot and very humid climate.

I do store all the pecans off of our tree in my freezer, though, once they are hulled and chopped.
Sherree, how do you get away with that here in the deep south? I go through my pantry and do a deep cleaning and updating at least yearly. I don't even want to think of the mess I would have on my hands if I didn't.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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Oven canning nuts has given us excellent shelf life... I think the oldest we used were 11 years. Peanuts in glass jars wll keep for many years... the plastic jars they use now aren't as good. I don't like the foil lined cardboard "cans" either, but as long as they're stored someplace dry, they seem to keep ok... but nowhere near as long as tge ones in steel cans used to.

Summerthyme
 

fish hook

Veteran Member
I have a case of 12 - 23oz jars of Planters Black Label Santa Fe Roasted Chipolte Seasoned Cashews and Almonds in the long term storage area of our cold cellar. the case is dated 3 of 09 - meaning it was put back in march of 09 - over 10 years ago. the "best by" date is 8.14.10

earlier tonight I decided to crack opened a jar with a cold Moose Head - ABSOLUTELY PERFECT - perfect texture and taste. not the faintest hint of rancidity - something one would reasonably be concerned about given the oils and fats typical of nuts.

several months back I described opening a jar of whole almonds that had been "lost on the shelf". originally purchased in bulk from Sams and subsequently packaged down - something we typically do using a vacuum sealer and quart or half gallon mason jars (we always store those WITH the rings placed after drawing a vacuum). that particular jar of almonds had a date of mid 2003 - it had been in that cold cellar SIXTEEN YEARS and it was also perfect in every way.

just a "JFYI" report for any one who might be interested . . .
The key to your success is the COLD cellar,and the vacuum sealing.Those sealed in the original original jars had the same effect.
 

FireDance

Has No Life - Lives on TB
My grandmother shelled and put pecans in the freezer. I found a large bag and ate a handful daily (leaving the rest frozen) and they were excellent as I had nothing else to eat but cheese and bread at the time. Anyway point being is they had been in the freezer 7-10 years and I couldn’t tell that they had not been shelled that day. Still had crunch, none were rancid and so on. She had intended for them to go into pecan pie but they didn’t make the destination and had only been thrown into a good freezer bag. You would think there would be some sort of degradation but nope. Seems like a more simple method. However, I would try both methods if I had pecans to store. Good thing about nuts is they will pretty much take on any shape you need in the freezer. However I think I would lay them flat for equal exposure. Just an experience.
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Sherree, how do you get away with that here in the deep south? I go through my pantry and do a deep cleaning and updating at least yearly. I don't even want to think of the mess I would have on my hands if I didn't.
Oh, I go through my pantry all throughout the year. The only thing I have had to go bad was canned milk that was about 10 yrs. old. I didn't really lose it, I gave it to our cats, and one case (6 cans) of tomato sauce). Everything in my pantry is on a rotation basis. I clean as I go. I only store what we eat on a regular basis, so no one thing stays on the shelf for more than a few years. The reason the canned milk and tomato sauce went bad was because I simply had stored way more than I could use. I had cases and cases of the stuff. I'm more diligent about that now. Also, my pantry room is temp controlled, and stays dry.

All the dry goods such as dish wash, laundry detergent, shampoo, cleaning products, TP, etc. get stored in another part of our house, and in my storage barn. The nuts had somehow got mixed in with the laundry detergent. Didn't know they were there, until I was going through the detergent to see if I needed to stock more when Sam's Club had an upcoming sale. I have around 30 large jugs of it, and more if Sam's has it on sale more often. The nuts were pushed all the way back behind several jugs. This wasn't a temp controlled area, and I just knew the nuts would be bad, but they weren't. I don't check the dry goods often. Guess I should.
 

Windy Ridge

Veteran Member
Oils go rancid due to a chemical reaction with oxygen. There is little to no oxygen in a vacuum packed jar or even one tightly packed. Taste and vitamin content depend on storage temperature. Colder is better. The "use by" dates on food assume the worst storage conditions. They also increase sales.

I once stored some canned sweet corn much too close to a hot water heater. The corn was still edible but tasted like caramel and probably had no vitamins.

Windy Ridge
 

Chance

Veteran Member
Thanks for this info, Raggedyman.

I have a tendency to just toss anything with oils..once a year or so passed the expiration date.
Good to know. I won't do that now without checking out the nuts.
 

Deena in GA

Administrator
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How interesting! Planters peanuts in the plastic jar never last past their expiration date for us. . On the other hand, we keep all bagged nuts in the freezer and they seem to last forever in there. We have eaten nuts that were over 20 years old and they were just as good as ever.
 

fish hook

Veteran Member
Plastic jars are awful for longer term storage. If you find a great deal, re-can them in mason jars... there are oven canning directions on the net. Or just use O2 absorbers in glass jars.

Summerthyme
I always thought that to,but i am right now eating a jar of unsalted peanuts with use by date of 5/22/15.plastic jar,Great value,stored on shelf at room temp,central Alabama.
 

Garand

Veteran Member
It’s surprising, I have had nuts go bad after 3 years....just where they tasted “off”. I think the cold made yours last so long!
 

Michiana MaJo

Veteran Member
Found a little container of black walnuts I’d forgotten for several years, in the back of a spare frig...just made the best tasting cookies l ever had! Nuts can keep in a cool place for years.
 

NoDandy

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Mother in law had a sister that lived in S Carolina, would bring her big bags of pecans, still in the shell. Mother in Law put them in her freezer. Kept for years, just fine.
 

ghost

Contributing Member
I have a case of 12 - 23oz jars of Planters Black Label Santa Fe Roasted Chipolte Seasoned Cashews and Almonds in the long term storage area of our cold cellar. the case is dated 3 of 09 - meaning it was put back in march of 09 - over 10 years ago. the "best by" date is 8.14.10

earlier tonight I decided to crack opened a jar with a cold Moose Head - ABSOLUTELY PERFECT - perfect texture and taste. not the faintest hint of rancidity - something one would reasonably be concerned about given the oils and fats typical of nuts.

several months back I described opening a jar of whole almonds that had been "lost on the shelf". originally purchased in bulk from Sams and subsequently packaged down - something we typically do using a vacuum sealer and quart or half gallon mason jars (we always store those WITH the rings placed after drawing a vacuum). that particular jar of almonds had a date of mid 2003 - it had been in that cold cellar SIXTEEN YEARS and it was also perfect in every way.

just a "JFYI" report for any one who might be interested . . .
DO you mean ANTIFA AND BLM IN COLD STORAGE, FOR HOW LONG??
 

Raggedyman

Res ipsa loquitur
DO you mean ANTIFA AND BLM IN COLD STORAGE, FOR HOW LONG??
those assklowns can go in a shallow grave with a handful of lime and a cpl shovels of dirt - assuming we have time for that "courtesy" before moving to the next killing field :chg:
 
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