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WALNUTS, COMMERCIALLY BAGGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK - OUT OF THE SHELL

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2-4 weeks
Refrigerator
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9-12 months
Freezer
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18-24 months

Tips

  • How long do shelled walnuts last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - because of their high oil content, walnuts must be stored properly to avoid becoming rancid.
  • To maximize the shelf life of shelled walnuts, store in cool, dry area; after opening the package, place the walnuts in a sealed airtight container or place original package in a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • How long do shelled walnuts last at room temperature? Properly stored, shelled walnuts will keep well for about 2 to 4 weeks at normal room temperature.
  • To extend the shelf life of shelled walnuts, refrigerate them; place walnuts in a sealed airtight container or place original package in a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • How long do shelled walnuts last in the refrigerator? Shelled walnuts will keep well for about 1 year in the fridge when properly stored.
  • To further extend the shelf life of shelled walnuts, freeze them: place walnuts in a sealed airtight container or place original package in a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • How long do shelled walnuts last in the freezer? Properly stored, shelled walnuts will maintain best quality for about 18 to 24 months in the freezer, but will remain safe to consume after that time if they have been continuously frozen.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only – shelled walnuts kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if shelled walnuts are bad? Rancid walnuts will often develop a bitter, unpleasant taste; if walnuts develop an off odor or taste, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.

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