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

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  • How long do pistachios last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep pistachios in a cool, dry area.
  • To maximize the shelf life of pistachios after opening, place in tightly sealed airtight container or heavy-duty plastic bag.
  • How long do pistachios last at room temperature? Properly stored, pistachios will last for about 1 to 2 weeks at normal room temperature.
  • Should you refrigerate pistachios? To further extend the shelf life of pistachios, keep them in the refrigerator.
  • How long do pistachios last in the refrigerator? Pistachios will keep well for about 3 months in the refrigerator.
  • Can you freeze pistachios? Yes, freeze pistachios in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do pistachios last in the freezer? Properly stored, pistachios will maintain best quality for about 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - pistachios that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • Are pistachios safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided they are properly stored, the package is undamaged and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially packaged pistachios will typically carry a "Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before," or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the pistachios will remain at peak quality.
  • How to tell if pistachios are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the pistachios: discard any that have an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the pistachios.

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