Nuts and dried fruits are a great food to have at hand. They are incredibly good for us and are a great source of protein for those following a plant-based, vegan or vegetarian diet. They provide a unique flavor to many meals helping us whip up a delicious healthy treat in no time. So with that in mind, read on to see how to keep those healthy nibbles fresher for longer.
Why have nuts and dried fruits handy
As mentioned, nuts and dried fruits are a great option to have around the home. They provide us with many essential nutrients including fiber, unsaturated fats, vegetable protein, vitamins and minerals. Nuts and dried fruits also make a great healthy snack, they can be enjoyed both in sweet and savory meals plus, they’re a great food to take with you if you need to keep your energy levels up when you’re on the go.
Where to keep nuts and dried fruits
Nuts are best stored out of direct light and heat therefore, it is essential to find a cool, dark place to store them. The shelf life of nuts and dried fruits will also vary depending on how fresh they were at the time of purchase which, when buying in a supermarket is a difficult one to know. However, storing them in an airtight completely sealed container, preferable glass, will help keep them fresher for longer. Contrary to popular belief, nuts should be stored in the fridge as opposed to at room temperature, this is especially true for people living in hot, humid climates or during the hotter summer months. Again, when storing them in the refrigerator it is still always best to use air glass containers. Plastic bags, as well as not being the most sustainable option, can also absorb the flavors of other foods – something that none of us want!
Store nuts and dried fruit in the freezer!
If you’re someone who likes to buy in bulk or know that you’re not going to use the ingredients straight away, did you know you can keep nuts and dried fruits in the freezer! In fact, dried fruit keeps very well in the freezer and can last up to 12 months when stored properly. Nuts on the other hand vary depending on the nut.
Quick tips for storing nuts and dried fruits
- Keep them away from other strong flavored foods such as onions and garlic, as they can absorb their flavors
- Whole, raw nuts and seeds with stay fresh the longest.
- Shelled nuts have a shorter shelf life than those still in their shell.
Remember, these are just guidelines as many factors including where you live can have an impact on the shelf life of nuts and dried fruits.
If you want to see some easy ways to add nuts and dried fruits into your diet take a look at our healthy breakfast recipes.