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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

PECANS, COMMERCIALLY BAGGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK — IN THE SHELL

Pantry Refrigerator
Blue Arrow Green Arrow 2-4 weeks
RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 12 months
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 2 years
Tips
  • 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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