Freezing Nuts and Seeds
Freezing nuts and seeds keeps them fresher longer and prevents them from going rancid. Great for bakers, chefs and anyone who buys in bulk.
Walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, pine nuts, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, chestnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and buckwheat, wheat berries are just a short list of freezable nuts and seeds.
I like to freeze squash and pumpkin seeds during the fall season as well. Freeze before or after roasting.
How to Freeze Nuts and Seeds
I don’t bother to flash freeze nuts because I’ve never had a problem with them freezing into a large lump and it’s highly unlikely unless they were to get wet for some reason.
For long storage consider double bagging the nuts so they don’t share their smells, or worse, pick up other smells in the freezer.
Shelled or Unshelled?
Make sure the shell is cracked so the nutmeat has room to expand.
Chopped, Unchopped Or Ground?
Salted or Unsalted?
Thaw or Reheat Nuts
For cooking or baking use nuts from frozen.
A quick way to reheat nuts is to roast them slightly in a pan or in the oven.
How Long Can You Freeze Nuts?
I don’t recommend buying or keeping more of anything, including nuts, than you can use in one year. Why waste the space? If you want to buy a huge portion see if a friend or family member wants to split it with you.
Some people report freezing nuts and seeds up to two years.
Will previously frozen raw nuts and seeds still sprout later?