The Macadamia tree is an Australian native plant now being grown in various parts of the world like New Zealand, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Hawaii due to its health benefits. Macadamia nuts are well enriched in essential minerals, loads of antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins, which help control weight, heart diseases, and diabetes.
Macadamia nuts have a creamy, buttery sweet taste and a nut-like aroma. Their shell needs to be cracked. They are the most expensive nuts in the world due to the lack of supply and higher demand. If not stored properly, they can easily go bad, forming a mold a structure, losses their color, and get bitter.
How to store macadamia nuts?
Macadamia nuts can easily go bad if they are not stored properly. They are harvested within 24 hours of falling from the tree. They can last from 4 to 5 months at room temperature and up to 10 months in the fridge. They are known to have the hardest shell.
To prevent them from getting worse, we need to take good care of the nutmeat. Please keep it away from the sunlight, extra moisture, store it in a dark place, or we can also freeze it in an air tight container. Their life can also be increased by roasting them.
Harvesting of macadamia nuts
Macadamia nuts should be husked within 24 hours of falling from the tree when drying or roasting them. The temperature should not increase from 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The dried nuts should be protected from oxygen and moisture and kept in an airtight container.
Protect them from air and moisture
After roasting or drying your nuts, you need not expose them to open air or moisture. If your nuts are exposed to moisture, they will lose their crispness. If exposed to air, oxygen will turn the nuts color into the dark, and nuts will also lose their natural flavor.
Drying of macadamia nuts
To keep the nuts for a longer period of you need to dry them. The drying process must be done slowly and gradually. You must increase the temperature slowly because if the nuts are dried quickly, they will lose their color, texture, and taste. You must keep the temperature from 100 degrees Fahrenheit to 140. It will help if you store the macadamia nuts in an airtight container.
Keep them in cold storage
Macadamia nuts’ shelf life is two to three weeks, but due to their high demand and less supply, we need to store them for a longer period. We need to keep them in a cold place. Wrap them in an airtight container and keep a note that no moisture must be there if you do not want to spoil the taste and crispiness of your nuts.
Can you freeze your macadamia nuts?
As one of the most expensive nuts globally, we need to store our macadamia nuts for a longer period. In a fridge, they can last longer up to eight to ten months. Before freezing them, they must be dried properly. It is best to keep them in a dark, airtight vessel with no moisture. If the macadamia nuts are open to moisture and air due to moisture, they lose their crispiness and texture, and because of oxygen, they turn rancid.
How long do macadamia nuts last?
The life of macadamia nuts depends upon the way you store them. The shelf life of the nuts is about three weeks at room temperature. It can be increased to three to four months if they are stored in an airtight moisture-proof container and kept in the dark palace.
The nuts having extreme health benefits and full of nutrients are bought in packing, a date is mentioned that how long one can keep them after opening the packing. Being very expensive you don’t want to spoil them and lose your hundreds of dollars we can also keep them in the fridge.
If bought it in a packing, you can store it in the fridge right away. However, if the nuts are handpicked first, you need to roast them in low heat. Drying them at a high temperature will change the taste, color, and texture. Use a tight air vessel with no moisture to seize the natural aroma of the nuts.
Keep in mind that macadamia nuts’ life can be increased up to a year, but the longer they stay in the fridge, the quicker they will lose their quality and taste.
How to tell if macadamia nuts are bad
Their taste can judge the rancidity in macadamia nuts. The smell is texture. If the nut tastes a bit bitter and is hard instead of creamy and buttery nut meat, you don’t want to eat that. Look for any mold in the packing. If even one nut goes bad, it will ruin all the nuts in the packing. The dark-colored and dried out macadamia nut must be thrown out. Any nut which has a strong chemical-like smell must not be eaten, avoiding any stomach disorder.