Frugal Tip: Buy Nuts in Bulk and Freeze Nuts for Future Use

buy nuts on sale and freeze them for future useA couple times a year I stumble upon a great sale on nuts. Usually they are in the manager markdown section at the grocery store, but sometimes I find a great sale on nuts in the bulk food section or discover a mega-find at the Farmer’s Market. Where ever I find my sale, I always buy as many nuts as my budget will allow. When I am checking out, the cashier will often ask me how I can use them all before they go rancid. But I have never had any nuts go rancid because I always freeze my bulk nut purchases as soon as I get home.

Nuts that can be frozen:

  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Chestnuts

How to freeze nuts:

Nuts are very easy to freeze. If they came in a sealed bag, you can freeze them in that bag. If not, place nuts in a freezer bag and seal.

You can freeze nuts whole, chopped, sliced, slivered, or diced.

You can freeze nuts in the shell if you crack the shell first to allow the nutmeat room to expand. I prefer to freeze my nuts in a ready to use form.

You can freeze raw nuts, roasted nuts, and/or salted nuts.

You can freeze nuts for up to 6 months.

How to use frozen nuts:

You can add frozen nuts directly to recipes that will be cooked or baked and they will thaw as the dish is cooking.

If you are going to use nuts as a topping on yogurt, cereal, or ice-cream you will want to thaw them first so they will not be so hard.

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  1. Patricia says

    Is it possible that the sale was due to the product approaching its expiry date? I sually try to buy nuts in the fall

  2. Robbie says

    Speaking of the manager’s markdowns, I was smiling with pride last night. My husband and I were in the supermarket and on his own initiative he headed over to the reduced for quick sale section of the meat department (usually I check things out and then let him know what’s available since he’s the only one who eats meat in our house). Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? :) (He’s 24 years older than me.)

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