In this brief guide, we’ll address the query: “Can you freeze almonds?” Also, we’ll explore how almonds can be frozen, what other ways almonds can be stored, what the nutritional content of almonds is, and what are the health benefits of eating almonds.
Can you freeze almonds?
Yes, it is possible to preserve almonds in the freezer. These can be whole, sliced, ground, or even mashed and made into a paste before being stored at subzero temperatures.
Freezing extends the shelf life of almonds, though exactly to what extent, will depend on if they’ve been processed, and how.
Below, we’ll review a few outlines for freezing almonds.
How can I freeze almonds?
Whole almonds can be frozen by being scooped into a tight-sealing container (such as a Tupperware), or by placing them within a quality freezer bag and then having all the air drawn out. This assures that the almonds will not come into contact with the air in the freezer, and as a result, they won’t suffer burns.
Some authors recommend blanching almonds before freezing them, and this consists in boiling them for one minute and then submerging them in icy water for a whole other minute. This deactivates microbes and enzymes on the surface.
Frozen, whole almonds can be preserved for two years or more, while roasted almonds can remain frozen for about 12 months.
Almonds that have been made into paste or butter can be stored similarly, or jarred, but these will remain fresh for 1 to 2 and a half years. Similarly, almond flour can be preserved for 1 to 2 years if properly frozen.
What other ways can almonds be stored?
Besides being frozen, almonds can be refrigerated, and they can be stored at room temperature.
Refrigeration and/or freezing may be more convenient for large volumes that won’t be readily eaten or cooked, as this reduces the ambient temperature to which they’re exposed, and also the oxidation process that breaks down the fatty acids found in almonds.
Storing them in the pantry or a cabinet may be convenient for smaller volumes, such as those that will be used in their entirety in the short term.
When shopping, users should always be mindful of what volume they’ll require, what they’ll require, and how they should store it, to reduce waste in a monetary sense, and in the literal sense.
What is the nutritional content of almonds?
On average, a 52- gram portion of whole almonds will provide:
- 308 calories
- 10.8 grams of protein
- 27.2 grams of fat
- 10.8 grams of carbohydrates – of which 5.6 grams are dietary fiber, and 2.4 grams are sugars
- 256 milligrams of sodium
- 368 milligrams of potassium
As well as 10.8% of the suggested daily intake of calcium and iron.
What are the health benefits of eating almonds?
The health benefits of consuming almonds (and products made from almonds) are several.
Namely, they are a good source of unsaturated fats, which can help lower bad cholesterol levels and promote circulatory health.
They are also a source of antioxidants; substances that have been shown to mitigate the damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals. In the long-term, these damages are associated with the (early) onset of diseases such as type II diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart disease, fatty liver disease, and various cancers.
Almonds are also a good source of dietary fiber, which stimulates digestive health and function.
Other elements present include calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese, which are associated with bone health, adequate muscle and nerve function, stimulating cellular processes, and other structural functions.
Products made from almonds such as flour and butter may be ideal for substituting other products such as peanut butter and wheat flour.
Almond flour can be used as a substitute for wheat flour in ketogenic diets, and by those diagnosed with celiac disease, or who have gluten sensitivities.
As a paste or spread, almond flour can replace peanut butter, as it has more unsaturated fat, and its calories come mostly from fat, whereas peanut butter’s come mostly from sugar.
However, almonds and all derived products are contraindicated to those with tree nut allergies, as they may trigger severe reactions.
To summarize, almonds are a healthy food that can be consumed in weight loss dieting and by those who have sensitivities to gluten-containing products. They can be used in cooking, or eaten raw, and freezing them extends their shelf life.
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In this brief guide, we’ve addressed the query: “Can you freeze almonds?” Also, we’ve explored how almonds can be frozen, what other ways almonds can be stored, what the nutritional content of almonds is, and what are the health benefits of eating almonds.