Walnuts are one of the most nutrient-dense foods available. They are high in nutrients such as plant-based omega-3, protein, and fibre. Most Indian households keep some on hand to combine with vegetables and fruits for salads, blend into a smoothie, add to curries, garnish a delicious dessert, or munch on to keep things healthy on a daily basis. However, walnuts quickly go rancid. Walnuts must be stored properly to retain their nutty scent and pleasant flavour. If you don't, you'll have no choice but to discard them away. Walnuts are the only tree nut that has a high concentration of plant-based omega-3 ALA. Because of this beneficial fat, walnuts lose their freshness faster than other nuts. Continue reading to learn how to keep these nutrient-dense nuts from spoiling.

Storage Tips

 Contrary to popular perception, shelled or unshelled walnuts must be refrigerated if they are to last longer. Depending on when you intend to use them, you can store them in the refrigerator or freezer. If you want to use them within a month, keep them in the refrigerator, otherwise in the freezer. Keep in mind that cold storage equals fresh taste. They can usually be frozen for up to a year. The best part is that they don't even need to be defrosted. You can eat them right out of the refrigerator or freezer.

 Walnuts, whether shelled or unshelled, should be stored in an airtight container. Refrigerated or frozen items can also be stored in a sealed freezer bag. Keeping the walnuts away from moisture, light, and heat will help keep them fresh.

 Finally, we recommend cracking the walnuts only when necessary. Please keep in mind that removing the shell ahead of time increases the risk of the nuts drying out, losing flavour, or becoming rancid.