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Storing fresh pecans - roast now? roast later? freeze?

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glutton Dec 13, 2007 07:13 PM

I've come into quite a pile of fresh pecans. It's a good problem to have. The question is how to store them for a few months. I know I can freeze nuts. Should I roast the pecans and then freeze them? Or should I freeze and only roast them when I'm ready to use them?

  1. danhole Dec 19, 2007 12:41 PM

    Glutton - why do you need to roast them? Is it personal preference or for some specific recipe? They are quiet tasty raw. I keep mine in the freezer, and when I want a snack I grab a handful, out of the freezer, and munch on them. They last forever in the freezer.

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    1. re: danhole
      WildSwede Dec 19, 2007 12:53 PM

      Instead of roasting, try toasting - in the oven or toaster oven.

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        glutton Dec 20, 2007 05:16 AM

        Nothing is compelling me to roast them, but I'm in the habit of doing that with nuts because it intensifies the flavor and gets them crispier.

        That said, I froze them raw. I'll just grab a handful out of the bag whenever I need it. They'll be gone in a few months, no doubt.

      2. WildSwede Dec 19, 2007 11:24 AM

        agreed. that's what I do.

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          karykat Dec 19, 2007 11:45 AM

          Brilliant. I use my foodsaver for frozen things but this never occurred to me. Another use for the foodsaver.

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          don515 Dec 18, 2007 03:35 PM

          I vacum pack shelled and put in the pantry. I find that over time they will dry out a bit a flavor is much more concentrated and sweeter. Make pecan pie with almost 1 year old pecans-killer good.

          dc

          1. digkv Dec 13, 2007 09:47 PM

            I agree with jen the best way is to freeze raw. Freezing keeps the oils from going rancid and it should last for about 6 months or something in the freezer, I think a couple of months raw in the fridge. When you take them out you can just roast them immediately: don't really need to thaw though it does take more time to roast.

            1. jen kalb Dec 13, 2007 07:15 PM

              Im assuming they are shelled. Freezing them is the best way to retain freshness. If you intend to use roasted, roast right before use (not before freezing)

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