How long can you store peanuts before they go bad?

by Dave
(Murphy, North Carolina)

Dried Raw Valencia peanuts.

Dried Raw Valencia peanuts.

How long can you store peanuts before they go bad?

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Feb 23, 2013
How long before peanuts spoil
by: Bret

Dave,
It depends.

How long peanuts stay fresh depends on their kernel moisture content and their storage conditions.

Green raw peanuts are fresh dug from the ground and moist. Green peanuts have between 35% to 50% kernel moisture content. They must be stored cold and dry, or else they must be frozen for longer storage. Green peanuts may last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Frozen green peanuts will still be good for at least 6 months, perhaps up to 1 year.

Raw dried peanuts have been carefully dried to 10% moisture. Dried raw peanuts stored at room temperature and humidity are typically good 1 year and beyond, in my experience.

Boiled peanuts stored in the refrigerator below 40 degrees Fahrenheit should be good for about 10 days to 2 weeks. Frozen boiled peanuts are good for about 6 months to 1 year.

You can tell if the peanuts are no longer good by their smell, taste and texture.


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