Pecan Selection & Storage Tips
- Buy pecans during the fall harvest season while theyre plentiful. When selecting pecans, look for plump nutmeats that are fairly uniform in color and size.
- Always keep your pecans in clean and dry containers to protect them from insects and odors. Their high oil content absorbs foreign flavors readily.
- Pecans should be kept under refrigeration to best preserve their fresh color, aroma, and flavor. The lower the temperature, the longer the nuts will keep.
- Pecans stored at room temperature will remain fresh for only about 2 months; in the refrigerator they may be kept for about 9 months; and in the freezer, they will remain in good condition for 2 years. They will keep better in glass containers.
- Remember to thaw the frozen nuts before using. You may refreeze your pecans again and again during the two year storage period without affecting their quality or texture.