My husband loves to snack on nuts. All different kinds of nuts but especially cashews. Cashews can be fairly expensive so I like to snatch up a little extra if I find a good sale. Unfortunately, nuts can spoil quickly if they are not properly stored and I just can’t stomach the thought of having to toss such an pricey snack.
Can You Freeze Cashews?
A great option is to freeze the cashew in individual portion amounts if you do not plan to use them right away. Freezing cashews will prolong their shelf life and keep them from becoming rancid.
How To Freeze Cashews
To freeze cashews, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and put them into a freezer safe storage bag. Wrapping them prevents them from picking up other smells from foods in the freezer. If you are storing them for a longer length of time it is a good idea to double wrap them prior to putting them in a freezer bag or air tight container.
You can freeze nuts shelled or unshelled. Leaving the shells on does not prolong their life in the freezer and if you plan to use them for baking or garnishing, unshelled nuts are much more convenient. In fact, freezing nuts with the shell on is more work as you need to make sure the shell is cracked so that there is room for the nut meat to expand once it is frozen.
You can freeze your nuts in any form that you are most likely to use them. Whole nuts with or without the shell, chopped, or ground will all freeze well.
You do not have to thaw the nuts before you use them though if you are eating them or using them as a dessert topping you may want to thaw them first. If you are adding them to baking or a cooked dish you can use them right out of the freezer.
If you want to eat them as a snack, a quick and delicious way to thaw them is to roast them a little bit on the stove top or in the oven.
Nuts can be frozen for 6 months to a year. Some people freeze them for up to two years and still use them but I tend not to buy more of anything than I can use in a one year period. This conserves space and ensures your ingredients are a little fresher.