PECANS, COMMERCIALLY BAGGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK — IN THE SHELL
The exact answer to the question “How long do pecans last in the shell?” depends to a large extent on storage conditions —because of their high oil content, pecans must be stored properly to avoid becoming rancid.
To maximize the shelf life of unshelled pecans, store in cool, dry area; after opening the package, place the pecans in a sealed airtight container or place original package in a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag.
To further extend the shelf life of unshelled pecans, the pecans may be stored in the fridge or freezer; place pecans in a sealed airtight container or place original package in a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag.
Unshelled pecans can be thawed and refrozen repeatedly during the freezer time shown without any significant loss of flavor or texture.
How long do unshelled pecans last when stored in the freezer? The freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
How to tell if unshelled pecans are bad? Rancid pecans will often develop a bitter, unpleasant taste; if pecans develop an off odor or taste, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.
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