Have you been Googling “Where can I buy shelled walnuts?” and getting less-than-satisfactory results? You will usually see walnuts in grocery stores year-round. At Glenda’s Farmhouse, we sell walnuts in their shells and shelled all year long, and both are equally delicious.
About Glenda’s Farmhouse
Glenda’s Farmhouse is an Andersen & Sons Shelling brand. Since 1904, our family has been farming walnuts, prunes, and cattle in Vina, California, in Northern California, considered the world’s top English Walnut growing region.
Nestled in the Sacramento Valley near the Sacramento River, the fertile soils and mild climate provide the ideal growing conditions for walnuts.
We have merged with Western Nut Company and are expanding into new brands and other tree nut commodities, such as cashews, almonds, and pecans. Our walnuts are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and non-GMO verified, gluten-free, kosher, and certified vegan.
Walnuts add versatility in the kitchen as a snack or ingredient. They are delicious in salads and better in desserts, and are an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. This makes it easy to enjoy healthy, high-quality walnuts in every bite you take.
Which is Better: Unshelled or Shelled Walnuts?
Walnuts are healthy and delicious, whether in or out of their shells. However, there are some advantages of choosing one over the other.
Let’s start with unshelled walnuts.
- The shell is a great protective barrier, which means the fatty acids in the walnuts are protected from temperature changes, air, and light while still in their shells.
- Unshelled walnuts are less expensive than already shelled nuts.
- In-the-shell walnuts often have a fresher taste when you eat them immediately after removing them from the shells.
- It’s easy to overeat nuts (of all kinds), but unshelled nuts will naturally slow down your consumption. This will make you more aware of how many you’re eating.
- Unshelled walnuts typically last longer, and leftover nuts won’t require refrigeration. Just keep them in a cool, dark place, away from sunlight. A dark pantry cupboard is a great option.
And now for shelled walnuts.
- There is no nutritional difference between shelled and unshelled walnuts.
- Shelled walnuts are more expensive than in-the-shell nuts.
- It’s easier to judge the quality of the walnuts by their appearance once they have been removed from the shell.
How to Store Walnuts
Walnuts naturally contain fats and oil, making proper storage necessary. Exposure to warm temperatures for too long will cause the fat and oil to change and turn rancid. If your walnuts are rubbery, shriveled, or have a strange odor, they have turned old or rancid and should be thrown away. Here are some tips on the proper way to store walnuts to maintain optimum freshness and their delicious, crunchy taste.
- Keep Air Out: Like many fresh food products, minimal exposure to air will help walnuts retain their quality. Store them in air-tight containers or sealed packaging in a cool, dry place.
- Control Temperature: For 3 to 6 months of storage, walnuts should be refrigerated at 35 F to 40 F. If you don’t plan on using your nuts right away, you can also freeze them for up to one year.
- Avoid Storing with other Foods: Walnuts can absorb odors from foods with strong odors, like onions, so store them at a distance in air-tight containers or place the original package in a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag.
For a delicious, healthful treat, you can buy shelled walnuts from Glenda’s Farmhouse. Call us today at 530.839.2236.