How to Store Farro Properly
What is the best way to store farro?
The shelf life of farro is impacted by how you choose to store it; follow a few simple guidelines to maximize how long it stays fresh.
Like many foods, farro benefits from being stored in airtight containers. Primarily, this helps to prevent moisture from corrupting the grains and turning them rancid. Glass or BPA-free, food-approved plastic containers with tight-fitting lids are ideal. If you have a large amount of farro, split it into one smaller container for day-to-day use and a second larger container for long-term storage.
A Dark, Cool Place
Along with moisture, light and temperature also conspire to rob farro of its shelf life. Unless your airtight container is opaque (and most aren't), your best bet is to keep your farro in a pantry or cabinet. Since heat is a factor, try to avoid spots that are too close to the stove, above the microwave, near a heater, or in direct sunlight.
To Freeze or Not
There is some debate as to the benefits and wisdom of keeping whole grains in the freezer. In essence, this choice is really a matter of preference and a practical evaluation of how much grain you need to store, for how long.
Freezing your farro will certainly extend its shelf life compared to simply being in a pantry; the Whole Grains Council doubles shelf life for farro stored this way, from 6 months to 1 year. If you think about it, that means you need to freeze your farro only if you have more than you think you will use within about 6 months.