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    Tips on freezing walnuts?

    Sat Oct 15, 2005 10:38 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I bought a big package of raw walnuts hoping to use them up quickly. But only a fraction of it is gone after a few weeks, and now I am thinking about freezing them.

    Do they freeze well in ziplock bags? Should I roast them before freezing?
    Sat Oct 15, 2005 11:58 am Groupie
    I have frozen walnuts, but usually I store them in jars using my Pump 'n Seal vacuum sealer. They keep very well for a long time this way.

    The freezing forum might be able to answer your question better, perhaps?
    Annie H
    Sat Oct 15, 2005 7:43 pm
    Forum Host
    They freeze pretty well raw, but they are oily and somewhat delicate, so I wouldn't keep them longer than 6 months in the freezer. I've never tried freezing them after roasting. If you try it, I'd be curious to know how it turns out.

    Also, the folks over in the freezing forum are very nice and know tons about this kind of thing. Thanks, TBG, for making the link. icon_biggrin.gif
    Sun Oct 16, 2005 10:03 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks ThatBobbieGirl & Annie H!
    I'm pretty new to Recipezaar and didn't know there was specific forum for freezing. Looks like there's a lot of good information over there too... Thanks for telling me about it icon_biggrin.gif

    "Pump 'n Seal" sounds like a good idea. I don't have any of them so I might try finding a nice vacuum-seal jar for storage.

    Annie H, you are right... the oily nature of nuts probably isn't the best for freezing. I really should try to use them up quickly and remember not to buy too much next time!

    Meanwhile, I'm going to try some great recipes on this site for walnuts too..

    Thanks again!
    Mon Oct 17, 2005 1:47 am Groupie
    I haven't shelled my own and then frozen them, but I always freeze any shelled nuts that I have purchased. I store them in the freezer just like I do coffee beans. Nuts go rancid quickly in the pantry, so freezing them will prevent that. I go through nuts fairly quickly, so I have never times exactly how long a bag lasts frozen, but I havent noticed any problems with freezer burn wetc even when I have had them in there over a month or two.

    I usually use ziploc freezer bags.
    Bone Man
    Sat Oct 22, 2005 3:13 pm Groupie
    We have hundreds of Black Walnut trees around here and when they fall from the trees (like they just did last week), almost no one picks them up! It's sort of a waste in one sense but the squirrels are glad that we're all so lazy.

    In any event, I gather them and throw them into someone's gravel driveway for a few days and let the cars take off the green/black husks -- then I re-gather them and they store in my garage for the winter. I shell (hammer and stump method) them as I need them.

    Freezing? I don't know but my shelled ones endure the freezing cold just fine in my unheated garage. They are still good in the spring! icon_cool.gif
    Annie H
    Sat Oct 22, 2005 4:07 pm
    Forum Host
    icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif Bone Man, welcome! And thank you for your post. Black walnuts are such a pain, aren't they? My grandparents used to love it when we kids would make a game of seeing how many walnuts we could pick up as quickly as possible, and as an adult I can fully understand their glee. Very Tom Sawyer-esqe.

    I hope you stay a while and enjoy the forum. icon_biggrin.gif
    Bone Man
    Sat Oct 22, 2005 4:16 pm Groupie
    Oh, I plan to stay a long time!

    We have Butternuts (White Walnuts) here too and they are certainly easier than the black walnuts to hull. I really enjoy using wild foods in my cooking. icon_cool.gif
    Chef #220225
    Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:03 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Coincidentally, just last night I opened a bag of walnuts that I froze in a Food Saver bag on 11-04-04. They're perfect. I think that freezing in vacuum sealed bags is the best way to preserve nuts--they don't pick up refrigerator taste/odors and certainly don't become rancid.

    As an experiment, though, I have raw hulled sunflower seeds stored in a large Mason jar, also sealed with a Food Saver attachment. I use them periodically for bread or salads, resealing the jar each time. They should keep without going rancid. Several months now--so far, so good.
    Chef guruow
    Tue Mar 07, 2006 5:26 pm Groupie
    This is going to sound terrible, but we were taught as children to go squirrel hunting in ripe Black Walnut season. Shoot 2 or 3 squirrels out of a Walnut tree, cut out the stomach, toss the carcass to the dog, and take the stomach content to the creek where we would dump the nut meats in a handkerchief and souse it several time in the creek water, and then take the nut meats home to use in baking.
    Sun Mar 19, 2006 2:34 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    I've bought and frozen shelled walnuts before for up to 6 months without a problem. And that was in a Ziploc freezer bag (before I got my precious vacuum sealer icon_smile.gif). I found that it helps to give them a quick toast in a dry frying pan before using them.
    I just bought another 3 lb bag at Costco and was planning on vacuum sealing it and throwing it in my freezer, but I also have Food Saver canister. Would the canister work just as well? Would I put it in the fridge or freezer? That would save me some bags.
    BTW - I was reading the bag the walnuts came in and it says to store in the fridge for "optimum freshness".
    Chef #220225
    Fri Apr 07, 2006 4:29 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    I emailed Tilia (Food Saver) re this exact question several months ago, asking whether nuts or seeds sealed in a cannister or canning jar would "keep" without being refrigerated or frozen. They replied, eventually (canned answer the first time, having apparently not read the whole question,) that nuts and seeds sealed in this manner did not need to be refrigerated. Or frozen. And as I said in an earlier post, I have a large quantity of sesame seeds sealed in a canning jar, and, come to think of it, cracked wheat sealed in a cannister, both for several months, and so far so good. I'm also in the process of sealing TVP and brown rice in bags and won't have room to freeze them, so I will definitely report the outcome.
    Chef #308908
    Fri Apr 07, 2006 5:49 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Can you safely freeze walnuts?
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