When I spend money I want to make sure that I take care of the item I’ve purchased in order to ensure my money is not wasted. Most of us are that way, right? It’s no different with perishable items. In fact, I am probably more protective of the food items I purchase. Food is, after all, a passion of mine. And fresh pecans, well….that’s something I know a thing or two about. For awhile now you’ve been asking us how to store pecan nuts and, friend, this is your go-to place to get those questions answered.
First of all, I want to clarify something. Fresh pecans are a produce item. Really! I know your local grocery store displays pecans on a shelf at room temperature, but I am here to tell you that they are storing them in the wrong place. I have to admit that I cringe when I’m grocery shopping and pass the shelf of fresh pecans. They should get the same royal treatment that strawberries, blueberries, lettuce, cilantro and other delicate fruits and veggies get. (Sorry I just had to list some of my favorites.) But they don’t. They are placed on a shelf and are expected to deliver the same great taste as the other produce items but without the same controlled temperature.
Store Pecan Nuts for Best Results
When it comes to pecans and keeping them fresh the thing to remember is that they are like most produce items. They must be kept at cool temperatures. At the very least you should keep them in the refrigerator. But I personally recommend that you store pecan nuts in the freezer. Yes, that’s right. Just go ahead and designate a special place in your freezer for all the fresh pecans you have on hand. You manage to find room for your meat and some of the select fruits for your morning smoothies. So don’t worry, you will find some room. And you know what? You will be glad you did.
In fact, if you follow these two guidelines then your pecans will last four times as long or more. And furthermore, your pecans will keep that fresh, crisp texture that we all want to consume year-round. So here are the 2 storage guidelines you must follow to produce the best results.
Proper Storage Guidelines
- Store pecan nuts in the Refrigerator – Pecans will last for six months if stored in the refrigerator. Make sure they are in a 1 pound zip lock bag and that you store them in the coolest part of your refrigerator. Be sure that the bag is sealed to ensure freshness and quality.
- Store pecan nuts in the Freezer – Pecans can last for one year if stored in the freezer. I suggest storing them in 1 pound zip lock bags. As with refrigerator storage, be sure that the bag is well sealed to keep them fresh and to maintain the best quality. They easily lay flat and can be stacked on top of each other this way. In fact, this is how we sell them at Millican Pecan Company. Just simply take 1 pound out at time and let them thaw before you use them for baking or eating plain.
Let’s Get Personal
Here are some pictures of my own freezer at home so you can see how I store pecan nuts for my personal use. So now that you know how to properly store pecans it’s time to take some action. We all need accountability in our lives, so here is my challenge to you. Take a picture of your pecans stored in your refrigerator or freezer. Then post it on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #storepecans and be sure to tag Millican Pecan Company.
If you are like me this is the perfect little activity to tackle because let’s all be real honest…our refrigerators and freezers can always handle some special attention. In fact, while we are being honest I actually had to do a little cleaning myself in my freezer before I took these pictures. It’s the truth and now I feel better, too, because organization adds a little clarity to my life. Happy organizing and enjoy your properly stored pecans!