How Long Does Almond Milk Last?

Almond milk is becoming a more popular alternative to cow’s milk, and dieticians are loving it. Nowadays, people want the healthier option, and dairy-free, vegan almond milk is the best substitute. Almond milk can be found almost anywhere in the world these days, including in the non-refrigerated department of the store. 

It’s very easy to make almond milk, both homemade and store-bought almond milk will make an excellent choice, however, it’s only normal to ponder upon their shelf life. 

When it comes to almond milk, does it go bad? The answer is yes, every food goes bad, including almond milk. 

Now the question goes to storage, how must you store your almond milk to prevent it from going bad? Is the life span short? Must it be refrigerated? Well, putting your almond milk in the pantry to save space in the refrigerator is not a bad consideration. Read on as we spread more light on these questions.

Storing almond milk depends on two things; if it’s shelf-stable and if it has been opened. Shelf-stable almond milk that has not been opened will stay fresh at room temperature for three to four weeks past the date on the package, according to food safety experts. (According to the FDA, the best before dates on food items, don’t indicate their expiration per se. It’s just the calculated time estimate that was given by the manufacturer, it isn’t totally accurate.) 

What if you bought your almond milk in the refrigerated section of the store? It’s a good thing to inquire about this because it can be quite confusing. If you buy a carton of almond milk from the store’s refrigerator, you can keep the unopened cartons of almond milk in the fridge at a steady temperature of 40°F or lower, it will stay fresh for about one week after the expiration date on the package. You shouldn’t place your almond milk, or any milk for that matter, including juices and other sealed liquid items at the door of the fridge, most people do that because that way, it’s easy to take and return them. Doing this will prevent your milk from getting the adequate amount of cold temperature it needs. Almond milk that has been opened has a seven to ten-day shelf life in the fridge, regardless of whether it was purchased refrigerated or at room temperature. 

How do you know when almond milk goes bad?

The best means to detect if almond milk has seen better days, like so many other foods, is to just use your senses. Although almond milk does not contain dairy, the natural lipids in nuts are susceptible to oxidization in the same manner that dairy fats are. Anyone who has had a terrible nut can quickly recognize this—but even if you haven’t had that misfortune, sour is sour, and it’s not difficult to discern. If your almond milk thickens, acquires a sour flavor, or just smells a little strange, toss it and start over.

How long does almond milk last at room temperature?

Almond milk that is shelf-stable and sealed, will last 3-4 weeks past the best before date at room temperature (it mustn’t be opened). If you’ve opened your milk, however, it won’t last more than a day at room temperature, once the seal is broken, it’s best to transfer it to the fridge.

If the almond milk isn’t shelf-stable, let’s say it was bought from the store’s fridge, then it wouldn’t last long at room temperature. It should be kept in the fridge as it was when you bought it. 

How long does almond milk last in the fridge?

Almond milk that is not shelf-stable is kept in the fridge at the supermarket, so when you buy it, you should continue to keep it in the fridge until you have used it. Unopened almond milk will last 1 week after the expiration dates on its package if it has been constantly refrigerated at 40°F. 

Almond milk that has been opened, both shelf-able and otherwise, should be kept in the fridge for about 6–10 days.

Can you freeze almond milk? 

Yes, almond milk can be frozen. Almond milk can be frozen for up to 6 months, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Almond milk that has been frozen and then thawed separates, and even a whirl in the blender isn’t enough to restore it.

Here is how to freeze your almond milk:

  • Get your ice cube tray ready. Fill the tray compartments with almond milk. Allow for some expansion of the liquid by leaving a little space. You can get a variety of ice cube tray sizes on Amazon to help you freeze larger servings. 
  • Freeze in a flash Place the tray in the freezer flat and freeze. If you’re worried about objects dropping into the tray or spilling, wrap it in clingfilm. 
  • The Last Freeze. Once the almond milk ice cubes have frozen, place them in a freezer bag that has been labeled and dated.

Almond Milk in a Container: How to Freeze It 

The technique is similar if you want to freeze your almond milk in bigger volumes. Use larger airtight containers instead of an ice cube tray. You’ll need to make sure the boxes can be frozen. 

When pouring your almond milk into the container, leave a tiny opening at the top to allow for the expansion that will occur when the almond milk is stored in the freezer.

3 Almond Milk Freezing Tips 

Now that you know how to freeze it, here are our three top advice for getting the greatest results from your almond milk freezing: 

  • Consider Portion Sizes – When freezing anything, you should think about how many portions you typically use and then freeze your almond milk in that quantity. You won’t want to refreeze almond milk, so having it frozen in the proper serving size might help you avoid this.
  • Blend After Thawing — When you freeze almond milk and then defrost it, it will divide. Pour it into a blender and blitz it once it has defrosted. This will aid in the re-mixing of the mixture. 
  • Drink Neat – You’ll never be able to entirely repair the broken milk. Instead of drinking it straight, combine it with another drink, such as a smoothie.

How long does it take to freeze almond milk?

It should take only a few hours, however, consider leaving it overnight to get the best result.

How long does almond milk last in the freezer?

There isn’t a lot of information about how long almond milk can be frozen, largely because producers don’t recommend it due to the drastic change in quality and texture that frozen almond milk can have. Any frozen almond milk should be used within 3 to 6 months of the date of freezing, as a general rule.

Best way to store almond milk?

Store almond milk that is not shelf-able in the fridge and those that are shelf-able can be stored on the counter. Opened almond milk should be kept in the fridge till it is used up.

Simon
Simon

Writer at Foodexpired.com, love experiments and verifying facts.

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