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How to Store Pecans

Pecans are fresh, crunchy and delicious. These gourmet nuts are the perfect snack for any lifestyle. They are not only delectable and full of rich flavor, but they are also extremely advantageous to your health.  The benefits to eating pecans are boundless; in just one-ounce serving of pecans there are 196 calories, 2.7 grams dietary fiber and over 19 vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and zinc. Pecans also contain oleic acid, thiamin, vitamin B1, magnesium and protein. Because the popularity of eating healthy has risen in the past few years, many people have jumped at the opportunity to incorporate pecans into their daily diet. In order to keep these pecans from going rancid, it's important to know how to store them.
  1. Pecans should be stored in a cool, dry place completely void of moisture. You have a few options when it comes to storage location.
  • If you want to prolong the life of your pecans to their fullest, placing them in the freezer will suffice.  Unlike many other perishables, the quality of the pecans will not be affected even if you thaw and refreeze them several times.
  • Shelled pecans are typically the easiest to store since they take up less space and can be frozen. If the pecans no longer have the shell, however, then it is best to store them in the refrigerator until you're ready to roast, eat or use them to complement meals and desserts.
  • Storing pecans at room temperature for an extended period should be held in containers that are adequately ventilated.
  • Whether you freeze, refrigerate or leave at room temperature, all pecans should be stored in an airtight sealed container. This keeps moisture out and prolongs the freshness of the pecans.
  • Sealed plastic bags are the best for freezing purposes.
  • When storing them in the refrigerator, it is best to store them in airtight containers like lids or jars. If you store the pecans outside the refrigerator, keep them in a cool, dark place such as the pantry.
  • Sealed bags and containers can be used, but this kind of storing is not recommended for long term storage.
  • Keep the pecans away from onions and other high-odor foods as they tend to take on the smell of things around them.
  • Try to eat the pecans that you've removed from the refrigerated storage within a few weeks to ensure they don't lose their texture and crunch.
By storing pecans correctly, you are able to prolong their flavor, texture and freshness. Improper storing, however, can lead to rotting and may even attract unwanted visitors- bugs! Nobody wants to waste precious produce, especially because of a simple mistake. So follow these tips today and enjoy the wonderful taste and aroma of pecans for months to come.

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