Almonds are non-perishable nuts that can have more than two years of shelf life if stored under recommended conditions. Almonds keep their best quality for about 6 months in the pantry or about 12 months in the fridge. Roasted almonds have a slightly shorter storage time. Almonds have natural antioxidants that promote a long lifespan.
In fact, they can retain their properties longer than many other nuts and can be transferred from one year to the next while maintaining certain safeguards and controlled conditions. To extend the shelf life of roasted products, packaging is crucial. At room temperature, shelled almonds can last much longer than shelled almonds. You can safely keep them for up to two years.
Without the shell, they will only last for a few months at room temperature. In the freezer, they last indefinitely, while in the fridge they'll be fresh and safe to eat for up to two years. The shed is not heated, so from fall (fall), when almonds are harvested, until spring, temperatures there do not exceed 12°C. The Blue Diamond Growers Almond Innovation Center has conducted extensive research on the lifespan of almonds, continuously testing and monitoring hundreds of products with almond ingredients.
Almonds can also pick up the smell of other foods in the fridge, so be sure to store them in an airtight container to prevent this from happening and to prevent excess moisture from entering. To tell you the truth, it's hard to say precisely how long almonds last, since the recommendations are a bit exaggerated. According to the California Almond Board, the lifespan of almonds depends on how they are produced, processed and packaged. In summer it's a little hotter, but almonds last there for a few years without problems as long as they are in dry, drafty, cool and shady places.
Therefore, check the quality of the almonds instead of checking the date and throwing them away if they are “expired”. After reading the previous section, you already know that almonds usually maintain a reasonably good quality for much longer than the printed date suggests. As you can see, and as is the case with other nuts, the colder the storage location, the longer the almonds will last. You can also use a fruit carton or a plastic box, but make sure it has some ventilation, as unshelled almonds should be kept in a dark, drafty environment away from heat and humidity.
Almonds contain a lot of oils and, as you probably know, oils tend to go rancid if stored in poor condition. As with raw almonds, if the package can't be resealed, transfer the nuts to something that's there after you open it. Almonds freeze perfectly well, and freezing them is the recommended storage method if you want yours to last as long as possible. You just found a package of almonds in your closet and you're wondering if they're still edible.
Almonds should be stored in an airtight container and are best kept in the refrigerator or freezer. I store the unshelled almonds in the wooden fruit box containing 26% vegetables found on the shelf of my food pantry in the outdoor storage shed located in the shady corner of my garden (where my dried figs are also stored).