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

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.

Sep 30, 2017
Planting peanuts
by: Goober

I just harvested my first peanuts and want to save some to plant next spring. How should I store them for the next 6 months? Is that even possible? Thanks

May 07, 2018
Saving seed
by: Anonymous

You must let your peanuts dry down before storing, they also most be fully mature, unlike the best boiling peanut witch are immature. I left my peanuts on vines in a shed for a few weeks (warning the shed got very humid), then dried them on a rack off of the vines, this year I may try the stack pole method of drying the seed down. Anyone have experience with that?

Jul 28, 2018
green peanuts
by: Anonymous

I am flying to Ohio and I want to take some green peanuts with me. Will they be ok in my suitcase while I am flying?

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