Hemp seeds are popular for a number of reasons. One question many people have is about the life of hemp seeds. It still goes whether they are salted or toasted. Unopened, their shelf life can go up to 14 months or a little over a year. However, opening them will go to 3 or 6 months. Storing them without moisture or light in a dark, cool place will go a long way.
All of that said, when untoasted or unsalted, they can go much longer because not having salt goes a long way. They can be indefinitely alright when placed in the freezer. If that’s the case, they need to be kept in a plastic bag. On the other hand, when put in the refrigerator, they will last over a year also.
Oil derived from hemp can be preserved much like the seeds are. When unopened, they can go for up to 9 months.
Looking To Buy Hemp?
Are you buying hulled or toasted hemp? It’s important to make sure that there is no foul odour emanating from it. A raw form of hemp is available with the outer shell removed, making it more nutritious, or with the shell still in place, which makes it a popcorn-like snack. Avoid Chinese hemp if you can help it; they’re considered some of the worst.
Hemp seeds are best bought in bulk so they can be properly stored in the fridge or freezer over a long period of time.
If the Hemp Is For Cooking:
Hemp can be used in a number of ways. Roasted and sprinkled with honey, they make a great snack in the middle of the night. Or you could pair them with fruit to create a delicious salad. They can contribute to the nutritional value of bars, as well as add a creamy texture to baked goods like cakes and cookies. They can be made into hemp milk or oil, which adds an earthy creaminess to smoothies. You can also roast it, then add that crunchy flavour to salads and snack foods for a unique taste.
Store Your Hemp Well
If you can keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator, then you should do so. If you don’t have room, or if you want to prolong their shelf life, then the freezer is a suitable alternative. Long-term exposure to light or heat will cause them to spoil, so make sure you keep them in a dark, dry, cool place ideally at 60 degrees F. If you don’t want to take the time to check on them often, then you should use an airtight container to preserve their taste and nutritional content.
It should be noted that you need to avoid putting them in clear containers or near objects that are frequently heated. This is because too much heat will spoil the seeds.
Hemp seeds are popular globally for a number of reasons. They have a really good shelf life especially when placed in the refrigerator or freezer. It’s best to buy them in bulk and store it well in a cool, dark place.
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