How to store walnuts? Tricks and secrets to keep them at their best and always have them available to munch on or for tasty recipes!
Walnuts are one of the most widely used varieties of dried fruit not only in cooking but also in baking. Generally, walnuts occur inside a husk, which once it reaches maturity opens to reveal the actual fruit. The real fruit then is the kernel, which has a crunchy texture and is perfect for eating as a snack or turning into flour to enrich cake mixes. To be able to keep walnuts for a long time and then use them in different recipes, you need to know how to store them.
How to store walnuts:
Unshelled walnuts can be stored in a dark, cool place for up to 5 months. Also, they can be stored fresh without any problems. In this case you have two options:
- You can store fresh walnuts in the refrigerator inside an airtight or preferably vacuum-sealed container for up to 3 months;
- Or you can freeze them and store them even for 4-6 months.
As for storing shelled walnuts, you will simply store them in special airtight glass containers or resealable containers. Keep them in the refrigerator for 2 months or in the pantry for a couple of weeks.
How to dry walnuts:
Drying walnuts is also quite simple. Ideally, place them on a surface covered with a breathable cloth and place them in the sun for at least 3 to 4 days, taking care to shake them occasionally during the day. More importantly, do not leave them out overnight to prevent the evening humidity from making them moldy!
To prevent the growth of mold and bacteria, you can put the nuts in the freezer for 48 hours and then let them dry for 5-6 days in a well-dehumidified room.
Alternatively, you can also place the walnuts in an ajar or ventilated oven at the lowest temperature. Leave the walnuts in the oven until they are well dried.