Shelf Life of
Nuts

How Long Do Nuts Last?


How long do nuts last? Nuts are a healthy protein snack choice because they are high in unsaturated fats that help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise the good cholesterol (HDL). The shelf life of nuts depends on a variety of factors, such as the best by date, the type of nut and how they are stored. Each variety of bears its own distinctive flavor and qualities.

So, how long do nuts last? When properly stored, the shelf life of nuts past their sell by date is approximately …

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Almonds last 9-12 Months 1 Year 2 Years
Brazil Nuts last 9 Months 1 Year 1 Year
Cashews last for 6-9 Months 1 Year 2 Years
Diamond Nuts last for 2 Years 3 Years 4 Years
Hazelnuts last for 4-6 Months 1 Year 1 Year
Macadamias last for 6-9 Months 1 Year 2 Years
Peanuts last 6-9 Months 1 Year 2 Years
Pecans last 6 Months 1 Year 2 Years
Pine Nuts last 1-2 Months 3-4 Months 5-6 Months
Pistachios last for 3 Months
Walnuts last for 6 Months 1 Year 1-2 Years




Of course, nuts lasts for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly.
Opened packages will last for a shorter time, again depending on the variety.
But remember, nuts, unlike a lot of other proteins, usually have a best by date and not an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use nuts to compliment your favorite meals even after the best by date has lapsed.
As a rule, nuts that are purchased in their shell will last for a shorter period of time than those which have been shelled. This has a lot to do with the packaging. According to Diamond Nuts, theirs stay fresh longer than most other brands due to state of the art technology and refrigerated storage.[1]

How to tell if nuts are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your nose is usually the most reliable instrument to tell if your nuts have gone bad.
Rancid nuts smell like paint.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your food prior to its eat by date.

How to store nuts to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.

Nuts are usually best kept in the refrigerator, this is especially true of walnuts, pecans and cashews that become rancid quickly in warm environments. They should be stored in a tightly closed containers to keep out moisture and other contaminants. A canning jar with a tight seal lid works great for pecans and walnuts as it provides extra protection from odors leaking into the nuts.
Since opened packages of nuts last for a shorter period of time, if you buy a large bag re-seal them into smaller bags and keep them in the fridge. The most delicate and quickest expiring nuts are pine and pistachio.

For a long-term option, you can freeze your nuts (except shelled pistachios) while preserving their taste if you use a freezer safe container.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Any interesting facts about nuts?

  • Of all the varieties, only peanuts are actually legumes and grow below the ground.
  • BEWARE – Macadamias should never be fed to dogs, read our post on what dogs eat to find out more.

  • How long are nuts good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long do nuts last? That depends. How long does chicken last? In general, nuts last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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    What are our shelf life resources?

    Our how long do nuts last content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of nuts.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!