Can out-of-date almond milk make you sick? (+3 Tips)

In this article, we will answer the question “Can out-of-date almond milk make you sick?”, and how to tell If the almond milk has gone bad?

Can out-of-date almond milk make you sick?

Out-of-date almond milk will not make you sick unless It was spoiled. Almond milk stays goof even after the printed date as long as It is stored correctly i.e sealed tightly and kept in the fridge. Consuming out-of-date almond milk that is spoiled will cause food poisoning which is reflected in an upset stomach.  

How long is almond milk good for?

The following table shows an estimated shelf-life of almond milk under different storage conditions.

In the pantryIn the fridge 
Almond milk (shelf-stable, unopened)1-2 months past the Best-by date 
Almond milk(shelf-stable, opened)7-10 days 
Almond milk (refrigerated, unopened)5-7 days past the Use-by date 
Almond milk (refrigerated, opened)7-10 days 
Homemade almond milk3-4 days

How to store almond milk?

Almond milk can be stored the same way as oat and soy milk. Almond milk usually comes in either unrefrigerated or refrigerated form. Treat unrefrigerated almond milk like unrefrigerated coconut milk and dairy milk. 

An unopened carton of unrefrigerated almond milk should be kept in a cool and dark place, away from heat sources like direct sunlight and stovetop.

Pantry or kitchen cabinets are good choices for storage. Once the carton is opened, it should be refrigerated at all times with a tight seal.

Refrigerated almond milk should always be stored in the fridge. Do not keep the almond milk carton in the door of the fridge. This area of the fridge suffers the most temperature fluctuations.

Homemade almond milk does not have preservatives and must be kept in the fridge at all times.

Can almond milk be frozen?

Almond milk can definitely be frozen for an extended shelf-life. But the texture won’t be the same after thawing. 

The liquid will separate from the milk solids upon defrosting. While such milk mighty not be suitable for drinking or frozen desserts, it can be used in cooking and baking with no hesitation.

For freezing almond milk, pour it into an ice cube tray. Once the milk is frozen, transfer the cubes into a freezer bag. Squeeze out the air from the bag and chuck it in the freezer. 

Alternatively, you can skip removing the cubes from the tray. Keep it as is in the freezer. Label the bag and thaw as many cubes as you want at one time.

How to tell If the almond milk has gone bad?

  1. If the almond milk develops a sour or rancid odor, toss it in the bin.
  1. If the almond milk has a clumpy texture, it has gone bad. If the almond milk feels chunky, it has gone bad.
  1. In case of any mold growth or discolorations, almond milk should be discarded. A bloated carton is an indication of spoilage, do not consume milk out of such a carton. Fungal growth in the form of black specks is common and almond milk should be discarded If you see any.

Why is some almond milk not refrigerated?

The shelf-stable type of almond milk is contained using aseptic packaging that keeps the microbes at bay while protecting the contents of the package from oxygen and light. 

These aluminum packages are lines with a food-safe polyethylene plastic on the inside to keep the aluminum from leaching into the almond milk. 

The almond milk is sealed and packed in a sterile environment. When the seal is broken and the package is opened, refrigeration is needed for preserving the quality of milk.

Does almond milk go bad If unopened?

It depends on the processing and packaging of the almond milk. Shelf-stable almond milk won’t go bad If It is not opened. However, once past the best-by date, It won’t taste the same. 

On the other hand, almond milk that is not shelf-stable will invincible to go bad even If It is unopened. The spoilage rate will be higher If the milk is not refrigerated.

Does almond milk curdle?

Almond milk most likely curdles up when It comes in contact with an acidic ingredient or is heated to a very high temperature in a short span of time. 

You might have come across this problem If you have recently switched from traditional sources of milk to almond milk, the reason is the acidity of coffee. The process of curdling is especially pronounced If the coffee is too hot.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can out-of-date almond milk make you sick?”, and how to tell If the almond milk has gone bad?

References

https://www.streetsmartkitchen.com/does-almond-milk-go-bad/#:~:text=Effect%20of%20Spoiled%20Almond%20Milk,milk%20and%20observe%20hygienic%20handling
https://foodsguy.com/almond-milk-go-bad/
https://www.doesitgobad.com/does-almond-milk-go-bad/

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.

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