How to Store Nuts and Dried Fruits
It seems that storing nuts and dried fruit is an easy task — you can just put them on the shelf and take them whenever you need them. However, if you want to keep these foods tasty, you need to take the temperatures into account as well as some other conditions.
5-Minute Crafts has reviewed the recommendations of experts and made some short instructions on how to store nuts and dried fruit.
How to store nuts
The taste and texture of nuts are affected by air, temperature, and sunlight. When it’s too humid, nuts become soft, which influences the shape. The air may oxidize the products and have a negative effect on the taste qualities. The sunlight dries nuts from the inside and outside.
Obviously, the best way to store nuts is to keep them in a dry, dark place with minimal air access. The fridge is the ideal place for them.
Put the nuts in a plastic or glass container, cover them with a lid, and put them on a shelf in your fridge that’s far from the freezer. Additionally, don’t put the nuts next to foods with a strong smell, such as onions or garlic.
How to store raisins, dried apricots, and other dried fruit
These storing rules are very similar the ones you follow for nuts. The general recommendations are as follows:
- Check the dried fruit and separate the bad and old ones from the good ones.
- Wash the dried fruit in tap water.
- Dry them by putting them on a cloth towel or paper towel.
- Place them in a plastic container, cover them with a lid, and put them into the fridge, far away from the freezer.
How long you can store nuts and dried fruit for
After opening the pack, nuts and dried fruit can be stored for a year. The general rules are as follows:
- Raw, non-peeled nuts — 6 months to 1 year
- Peeled nuts — 3 to 4 months
- Dried fruit — 3 to 6 months