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

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2-4 weeks
Refrigerator
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12 months
Freezer
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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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