Whether you eat them raw or sprinkle toasted, crushed almonds over your green beans, almonds are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. This oval-shaped nut is high in monounsaturated fat -- the good fat we need -- and also is a good source of fibre, protein and vitamin E. The delicate, sweet flavour of almonds complements various dishes and makes for a tasty power snack. Raw almonds typically come shelled, although you can find almonds still in the shell. Unshelled almonds have a longer shelf life, but both need to be stored in the same way.
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Place the raw almonds in a tightly sealed container, such as a small, plastic container. The high fat content in almonds makes them perishable and at risk of becoming rancid if not stored in airtight conditions.
Select an area to store your almonds that is away from direct sunlight, which will shorten their shelf life. Place the almonds in a cool, dry area, such as a pantry. The ideal temperature for the almonds would be below 4.44 degrees Celsius and with less than 65 per cent humidity. Under these conditions, almonds can last up to three months.
Store the almond container in the refrigerator, where they will last for up to six months -- the cold will keep them from becoming rancid. You also can store the almonds in the freezer in an airtight container or freezer bag, where they can last for up to a year.
Tips and warnings
- Do not chop or slice the almonds until you are ready to use them. Almonds pieces will go rancid faster than whole almonds.
- Avoid storing almonds near any strong-smelling food such as onions or garlic because strong odours can transfer into the almonds.
- Place the almonds in airtight freezer bags to prevent moisture and ice from forming inside the bag in the freezer, which will cause the almonds to become mouldy. A vacuum-sealer helps seal out the air.
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