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NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
1/18/13 4:08 P

I store all walnuts in the freezer - from the moment they enter the house. They go rancid otherwise. But I have noticed that , when stored in the freezer, they do last a LONG time. Well over a year. So I would never consider storing them outside the freezer, even for a day!

SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
1/18/13 2:04 P

Like all seeds/nuts walnuts will go rancid over time because of oxidation of their oils. Walnuts seem to go faster than, say, almonds. So if you buy a bag and aren't going to use them in a week or two after opening, freeze them. They'll last a lot longer that way, but obviously not 'forever.'

My experience with frozen/cool walnuts -- *warm* walnuts have nuance and depth of flavor. There's a sweetness to them. You can sort of taste some of the fat / oils, giving them a smoothness in your mouth. Cool/cold nuts may be crunchy, but I find that when they're cold/chilled the main flavor is 'bitterness' ... they have to warm up before they 'taste good' again.

That reminds me that I need to buy more walnuts!

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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1/18/13 1:31 P

I put a few walnuts on my cereal every morning.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,899
1/18/13 12:47 P

Walnuts usually only last three months...for safety....Shelled walnuts can remain fresh and usable for up to one year if stored properly....since moldy walnuts or rancid walnuts can be very toxic.

Practice eating 4 walnuts a day for heart health...I dont even bother to count those calories.....

Walnuts are a great source of omega 3's. Eating just 4 walnuts per day can keep your heart healthy. Start doing this today. Add to yogurt, salads, or just eat them plain.


CALLMECARRIE Posts: 1,598
1/18/13 12:39 P

I just had to throw out a bag of rancid walnuts myself. They do spoil, and they spoil pretty fast. Even if you freeze them, they easily get a nasty *old* taste.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,742
1/18/13 12:10 P

Not only do they spoil, they become rancid.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (73,428)
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1/18/13 11:01 A

Of course they can spoil. Did you happen to freeze them after their expiration date?

BUMPS2 SparkPoints: (10,189)
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1/18/13 10:57 A

We had some walnuts in the freezer. I took the unopened bag out last night.
This morning I opened the bag and measured an oz to have with breakfast and they tasted AWFUL.
i LOOKED ON THE BAG AND THEY WERE 'BEST BY' OCTOBER 24. CAN WALNUTS ACTUALLY SPOIL?

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