Can You Freeze Pine Nuts? How?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Pine Nuts? 

Yes, you can freeze pine nuts, and they can last in the freezer for up to 6 months. You can freeze them raw, cooked, or in pesto form. The key is to store them in freezer-safe air-tight containers or Ziploc bags and keep them protected from light, heat, or exposure to air. 

Here is the most comprehensive guide on how to freeze and store pine nuts for the long term. 

These methods and tips have worked wonderfully for me and several other home cooks. 

So, let’s dive right into it. 

How to Freeze Pine Nuts?

How to Freeze Pine Nuts?

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The simplest and most hassle-free way of freezing pine nuts is to make sure that they are packed into freezer-safe air-tight containers. 

Materials

  • Pine Nuts

Tools

  • Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container

Instructions

    1. Pack and Seal: Transfer the pine nuts into a freezer-safe air-tight container and seal them in. If you are using Ziploc bags, make sure to squeeze out all the excess air in the bag before sealing.

    2. Label and Freeze: Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you are good to go.

      Check out this video by “Brewing Happiness” on YouTube to get tips on freezing nuts -

Freezing Pine Nuts after Cooking Them

Time Taken: 5 minutes 

What you will need: 

  • Pine Nuts
  • Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container 

If you have cooked or roasted pine nuts, you can freeze them using the same steps above after cooling them down. 

Prep and Cool

Once the pine nuts are roasted or cooked, let them cool down to room temperature.

Pack and Seal

Put the pine nuts into a freezer-safe air-tight container and seal them in.

Label and Freeze

Once you add a label with the best before date, you are all set to freeze the pine nuts for the long term.

How to Freeze Pine Nuts in Pesto? 

Time Taken: 5 minutes

What you will need: 

  • Pesto with Pine Nuts 
  • Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container or Ziploc Bag 

If you like to have large portions of pine nuts in pesto frozen for later, here is how you can go about it. 

Prep and Portion

Make your favorite pesto recipe and then portion it into quantities that you can easily manage to eat in one go.

Pack and Seal

Transfer the pesto with pine nuts into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag and seal them in. When using a Ziploc bag, make sure that all the excess air is squeezed out before sealing.

Label and Freeze

Add a label on the bag or container with the best before date and freeze them.

Freezing Pesto with Pine Nuts in Ice Cube Trays

Time Taken: 5 – 10 minutes 

What you will need: 

  • Pesto with Pine Nuts 
  • Ice Cube Trays 
  • Cling Wrap 
  • Ziploc Bags 

Another great way to freeze pesto with pine nuts is to have them in a single serving portion in ice cube trays. 

Prep and Fill

Make your favorite pesto recipe and then spoon them into an ice cube tray.

Flash Freeze

Leave the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let them freeze solid. If you have stuff in your freezer that give out a strong odor, it would be best to keep the tray covered in some cling wrap.

Pack and Seal

Transfer the frozen cubes of pesto with pine nuts into a Ziploc bag and seal them in after making sure to squeeze out all the excess air.

Label and Freeze

Add a label with the best before date, and you are ready to freeze the cubes of pesto till you need it next.

Here is a video tutorial by “Martha Stewart” on YouTube to show you how it is done –

How Long Can You Freeze Pine Nuts? 

Pine nuts can last in the freezer for up to 6 months. Although you can keep it in the freezer for longer, it could change in texture and taste over time so, it is best to use it up within the 6-month mark. 

If you wish to store it in the freezer for longer, you can roast or bake it beforehand and store them in freezer-safe air-tight containers.

Light, heat, and exposure to air can cause the pine nuts to go rancid sooner.

So, keep them well protected from being exposed to air and store them in the coolest inner corner of the freezer for longer shelf life.

How to Store Frozen Pine Nuts? 

You can store frozen pine nuts in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. The key is to make sure that it is not exposed to air or freezer burns. 

Keep in mind that the pine nuts or pesto with pine nuts can easily absorb odor from the freezer. So, it must be stored completely air-tight.

If you are pressed for freezer space, the Ziploc bags are your best bet. You can pack large batches of pine nuts into thin layers and stack the bags on top of each other, storing them compactly. 

How to Defrost Pine Nuts? 

The best part about frozen pine nuts is that you can use them right out of the freezer without having to thaw them. 

But if you wish to thaw the pine nuts, you can leave the portion you need in the fridge for a couple of hours to let it thaw gradually and evenly. 

If you are looking to defrost pesto with pine nuts, it is best to thaw it in the fridge overnight or use it directly in your recipes. 

Can You Refreeze Pine Nuts? 

Although you can safely refreeze pine nuts, it is not recommended. The pine nuts can become soft and lose their texture and taste upon repeated freezing and thawing.

But that being said, you can refreeze the pine nuts if it has been defrosted carefully in the fridge and was not left out in the open for too long.

To avoid having to refreeze the pine nuts once it thaws, you can portion them beforehand into single-serving packages or you can carefully reseal the container or bag of frozen pine nuts, after taking out just the right amount of pine nuts for your recipe.

Do Pine Nuts Freeze Well? 

Yes, pine nuts freeze well, and it is the best way to extend their shelf life. If done right, you can have a year-round supply of pine nuts at the ready in your freezer. 

Although many opt to store the pine nuts in the pantry or the fridge, the freezer offers the best conditions to stop the pine nuts from going rancid sooner. 

Bottom Line 

I hope this article helped you store all the extra pine nuts in your pantry for the long term. 

If you have any doubts or would like to share some freezing hacks of your own, it would be lovely to hear from you. 

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About Karen Wilson

Karen is a foodie to the core. She loves any variety of food - spicy or junk! Her slender body and height are deceiving, as she enjoys eating hearty meals that would leave most people gasping for air. She has an appetite for life, and wants everyone around her to share in it too.

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