Can almond butter go bad?

This brief guide will address the query: “Can almond butter go bad?” Also, we’ll explore how to tell if almond butter has gone bad, what almond butter is, how it can be properly stored, what its nutritional content is, and if eating almond butter is healthy. 

Can almond butter go bad? 

Yes, like most food products with an expiration date, there will be a point in time after which consuming almond butter may be harmful to one’s health. 

The amount of time that has to transpire for this, however, will vary depending on the manufacturer’s process. For instance, homemade almond butter has a significantly shorter lifespan than store bought, on account of not being prepared and packaged under controlled conditions. 

On the other hand, store bought almond butter is pasteurized and packaged into vacuum-sealed jars, to assure that no microorganisms such as molds or bacteria begin to grow while it awaits purchase on a convenience store shelf. 

Pasteurizing considerably extends the shelf life of many products and is commonly practiced when making spreads, dressings, and other food products. 

However, even among commercial nut-butters, there are distinctions to take into account. 

For example, naturally made kinds of butter have a thin layer of oil on top (which may need to be stirred in), that leaks out from the mashed nuts and sits on top of the mix. These types of butter may have a shorter shelf life if left at room temperature, than other types that are no-stir. 

How do I know if almond butter has gone bad? 

The most telling sign that can indicate whether or not almond butter has gone bad, is to check if it gives off any odd or otherwise unpleasant smells. If the smell is rancid or no longer nutty and instead smells somewhat like a mild solvent, it’s spoiled. 

If no strong smell is given off, it can be lightly toasted. At the first sign of bitterness or something other than the usual almond flavor, it should be discarded. 

Other, more advanced signs of rot setting in, can include odd spots forming on the butter’s surface, which can be attributed to molds or bacteria. 

Naturally, if any of these are present, the butter should be thrown out to avoid the risk of acute food poisoning, or ingesting toxins that may cause long-term damage.  

What is almond butter

Almond butter is a food product made from roasted almonds that have been ground and mashed to a fine paste. Some recipes and brands flavor it with honey and other sweeteners, while others also add salt. 

It is commonly used as a spread and commercially available in retail stores. 

As a spread, it’s often used to make snacks and desserts, and can therefore be used in an array of recipes. 

How can I store almond butter

Depending on its specifications, once opened, a jar of almond butter can be stored in refrigeration or a pantry at room temperature. 

If an almond butter forms a thin layer of oil, it is naturally made and should be slightly stirred with a butter knife before being placed inside a refrigerator. 

If a jar of almond butter is no-stir and no oil seeps up to the top, it can be stored in a pantry or cabinet, away from warmer temperatures.  

However, it’s important to note that both types of almond butter can be refrigerated, and when unopened, a jar of almond butter will not go bad for about six months after the expiration date. 

An open jar of refrigerated almond butter can last up to nine months, while one stored at room temperature can withstand between 3 to 5 months of storage, once opened. 

What is the nutritional content of almond butter

On average, a 16g portion of unsalted almond butter contains: 

  • 98 calories
  • 3.6 grams of protein
  • 9 grams of fat
  • 3 grams of carbohydrates, which within, include 1.6 grams of fiber, and 0.7 grams of sugar. 

Additionally, as it’s a product of almonds, it’s also a good source of calcium, potassium, iron, vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium.

Is eating almond butter healthy? 

Almond butter can be considered as healthy when it is part of a balanced diet combined with exercise. Almond butter is rich in calories, which should be taken into account by those on strict diets, and diabetic patients, as well as people looking to lose weight, should opt for almond butter with no added sugars

In comparison to peanut butter, which is another popular spread, almond butter has a healthier amount of monounsaturated fat, which is associated with lower risks of heart disease and high blood pressure. 

Almonds are also rich in vitamin E which is an important antioxidant, calcium and iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc, all of which are essential. 

However, despite all the aforementioned considerations, almonds are a tree nut and as such may induce severe reactions in those with allergies, in which case, almond butter should be avoided. 

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Conclusion

In this brief guide,  we’ve addressed the query: “Can almond butter go bad?” Also, we’ve explored how to tell if almond butter has gone bad, what almond butter is, how it can be properly stored, what its nutritional content is, and if eating almond butter is healthy. 

References

https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-almond-butter#:~:text=Vitamin%20E-,Nutrients%20per%20Serving,Fat%3A%209%20grams

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/almond-butter-peanut-butter#comparison

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/too-much-sugar#:~:text=Dietary%20guidelines%20suggest%20limiting%20calories,such%20as%20type%202%20diabetes.

https://www.labroots.com/trending/videos/10969/here-s-why-some-peanut-butter-jars-you-open-have-oil-on-top

https://www.myrecipes.com/extracrispy/do-you-need-to-refrigerate-almond-butter#:~:text=Even%20though%20a%20jar%20of,stored%20on%20the%20pantry%20shelf.

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