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Should I store nuts in the refrigerator?

by (9551) Updated February 16, 2011 at 3:16 AM Created February 15, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Will it really help in preventing or slowing rancidity, either in its detectable or non-detectable form? Does anyone have some good scientific reasoning for this one? Or some good observational evidence? I searched the site and didn't find this exact question, but relevant paleohacks threads are here and here.

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5245 · February 15, 2011 at 11:24 PM

I have no scientific reasoning, but my own personal experience? My nuts/nut-butters/seeds start to taste 'sour' and sort of stale if I leave them on the counter. Storing them in the fridge (in an air-tight container so they don't get that rank refrigerator taste) helps them taste fresher, longer. :)

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783 · February 15, 2011 at 11:16 PM

The California almond farmer I buy nuts from says to do exactly this. I think he knows his product.

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1304 · February 16, 2011 at 3:16 AM

Yes, you should, polyunsaturated fats are highly unstable.

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