Make Your Seeds, Nuts, and Flour Last for Years with this Easy Storage Trick

You're going to want to make some room in your freezer.
By Janet Taylor McCracken ,

Photography by Peter Ardito

Have you ever opened a package of nuts from your pantry and noticed that they don’t smell so great? That’s because nuts, as well as seeds and flour, contain oil. And when anything with oil sits in your pantry, it can go bad and make your food taste funky. For example, whole-wheat flour is about 2 percent oil, while macadamia nuts clock in at around 80 percent. 

To keep these foods fresh, follow our simple storage rules. Now scoot those frozen peas over and make some room!


Pantry: about 1 month


Pantry: 2 to 3 months


Pantry: 1 to 2 years for white flour, 1 to 3 months for whole-wheat


Freezer: up to 2 years for most, 3 years for pistachios


Freezer: 1 year


Freezer: indefinitely for white flour, 1 year for whole-wheat

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