For those who are dieting to maintain weight, almonds can be the right snack. The reason, this type of nut is rich in nutrients and fiber that can make us full longer.
In order for these properties to stay awake, we must be smart to store almonds so as not to smell quickly or moldy. So, how?
Almonds contain omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats are good for maintaining heart health. However, the good fat content of almonds can be reduced if we put it at room temperature that many exposed to oxygen.
Reported from Verywell, almond is one type of nut that is susceptible to contamination by Salmonella. Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause symptoms of food related diseases such as stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.
Almonds are now not recommended to be eaten raw, but should be baked, steamed, or processed in other ways. Do not worry, the processing does not reduce the nutritional goodness of almonds.
How to store almonds for long lasting?
Almonds can last longer than other types of nuts. The reason, this one nut contains some phytochemical antioxidants that can protect it from the growth of fungi.
Here is how to store the right almond nuts for long lasting.
1. Store almonds in airtight containers such as plastic containers, plastic bags, or sealed vacuum bags. The goal is to reduce oxygen exposure to nuts thereby inhibiting the growth of bacteria triggering fungus and rancid odor. In addition, this way can also prevent almonds from absorbing odors from other foods.
2. Store almonds in dark, cool, and low humidity like refrigerators. Set the temperature of the refrigerator up to 4 degrees Celsius with a relative humidity level of less than 65 percent for almonds to remain fresh and durable.
3. Freeze almonds in the freezer so that the storage time lasts up to four years. However, do not forget to wrap it first with a plastic container or a sealed vacuum bag to prevent ice crystals from forming.
According to the California Almond Board, the almond storage period depends on the processed almond product itself.
Here is how to store almond nuts according to the type of product.
- Raw Almonds: hold up to two years if stored in a refrigerator or freezer.
- Roasted Almonds: hold up to one year if stored in an airtight container placed in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Almond paste (almond paste): hold up to 1 to 1.5 years if stored in a refrigerator or freezer.