our everyday life

Do Dry Roasted Pistachios Need to Be Refrigerated?

by Tremaine Jackson

Creamy and more tangy, but also sweeter than other nuts, pistachios are rich in monounsaturated fats, copper, thiamin and vitamin B6. Keeping dry roasted pistachios fresh is key to preserving and enjoying their flavor and nutritional benefits. Protecting pistachios from moisture maintains their texture and distinctive flavor.

Keeping Pistachios Fresh

Pistachios will keep fresh and maintain their texture and nutrients for three months if kept in an odor-free, airtight glass or plastic container and stored in a cool, dry place, such as a pantry. If you store pistachios in the refrigerator at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below, they remain edible for up to one year. In a freezer at 0 F or below, they are good for up to two years. Because it is the pistachios' natural oils that go rancid, it's important to keep pistachios cool and in an airtight container.

About the Author

Born in New York City, Tremaine Jackson has been in theater, dance and music since age 12, when he appeared in Liz Swados' "Swing" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is also an award winning children's recording artist. He writes fiction and poetry in his spare time.

Photo Credits

  • Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte/Getty Images