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Do hemp seeds need to be refrigerated?

August 29, 2023 · Cultivation and uses

Are you thinking of trying out and incorporating hemp seeds into your diet but are not sure how to store them? Do hemp seeds need to be refrigerated? In this article, we will give you all the information you need to store and make the most of your hemp seeds, but first, let us learn more about this power food. Hemp seeds are edible seeds from the hemp plant, also known as Cannabis sativa. These are small, brown powerhouses as they are very nutrient dense and can help you boost your diet with essential healthy fats, plant-based protein and fiber among others. 

Now let’s get to your question: do hemp seeds need to be in the fridge? While these seeds do not necessarily have to be refrigerated it can be beneficial. Hemp seeds contain lots of oils -as mentioned before, healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids- which can make them spoil when in contact with heat, light or air for prolonged periods of time. Storing them in dark, cool places can extend their shelf life. 

Can hemp seeds go bad in the fridge?

Hemp seeds tend to go bad quicker in very humid and warm environments because these conditions accelerate the degradation or deterioration process of the seeds. If you live in a very warm and humid place, keeping your hemp seeds in the fridge can slow the process down and help to preserve the freshness and nutritional value of the hemp seeds. It also helps if you can keep them in airtight containers to prevent the oxidation process which will maintain the quality of the hemp seeds for longer. 

However, hemp seeds can go bad in your refrigerator if you do not store them properly. Even though the cold temperature slows the oxidation process down they can become rancid in time because of their high oily content. It is best to seal them tight while storing them for the best quality.

How long do hemp seeds last in the fridge?

In this article we are trying to respond to your question: do hemp seeds need to be refrigerated? We already established that you can keep them in the fridge, but how long do they last? In general, hemp seeds have a shelf life that lasts between 6 and 12 months if you store them properly. If you make sure you keep them in an airtight container, minimizing their exposure to heat, air and moisture, you will be able to keep them for a very long time. 

Where is the best place to store hemp seeds?

The best place to store your hemp seeds is a cool, dark spot and dry environment. Your pantry or cupboard can be a good option, but if you live in a humid climate, the best option would be to store your hemp seeds in the fridge. This will help to extend their shelf life. In addition, you can help to keep your seeds fresher by using an airtight container.

How long does hemp last once opened?

Now that we have answered your question: do hemp seeds need to be refrigerated? We also hope you have learned the best places to store your seeds. Now you might be wondering how long these last once you have opened the package. If stored properly you can consume your hemp seeds for up to 6 months while making sure you keep them in a sealed container. Over time they can become rancid, so make sure to check well before consuming them. We hope you have all the information you need to try them out!

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