Nuts are an important staple in our diet. They provide protein, fiber, oils, vitamins and minerals. Without their shells they are unprotected and can quickly become rancid. This can happen more rapidly when they are exposed to moisture, sunlight, heat and air. Nuts are a healthy snack alternative especially for kids that are on the go. This will give them the protein needed for fuel and that full feeling. Replace sugary and processed foods with natural nut snacks. Here are ways to store shelled nuts safely for future use.
Things You'll Need:
- Jars with sealed tops
- Resealable plastic bags
- Canning jars and lids
- Hot water canner
- Canning utensils
- Labels and pen
- Oven tray
Short term storage: Place nuts in refrigerator in a resealable plastic bag. Leave one inch open, cover with mouth and suck air out of bag, then quickly close for an air-tight seal. Refrigerate for up to two months. Label with original date.
Long term storage: Place nuts in freezer in an air-tight container, either jar or freezer bag. This can keep them fresh for up to two years as long as freezer temperature is consistently maintained to at least 0 degrees. Label with storage date.
Longer storage: Nuts can be kept longer by using the canning method. Slow dry nuts on an oven tray for 30 minutes in preheated 250-275 degree oven. Turn occasionally to allow all sides to dry evenly, do not scorch or brown. Place hot nuts in hot sterilized canning jars, pack well, leave 1/2" to 1" headspace. Seal hot lids tightly and place jars in boiling water bath with about 2" of water over the top. Use your method of canning and instructions for time and specifics, such as, added time for higher elevations. Normally, they will remain in water bath for 30 minutes. Take jars out to cool and seal. Properly label with date, type of nut and any other information that is helpful. Store in dark, dry, cool area for the longest preservation.