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Properly dried nuts in the shell will keep for several
weeks at room temperature. For longer storage, nuts in the
shell must be kept cool and dry to prevent flavor changes
due to rancidity of the fat.

Keep nuts in the shell in airtight glass, plastic or
metal containers in a cool, dry, dark location, below 70
degrees Fahrenheit. Quality will remain good for about
four months under these conditions. As with other dried
foods, the lower the storage temperature, the longer the
shelf life. For long- term storage, package shelled nuts
in moisture vapor-proof containers and store in the
refrigerator or freezer. Although nuts in the shell take
up more room, they have a much longer shelf life than
shelled nuts.

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