In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Does rice milk go bad?” and tell you how long it lasts. We will also give you tips on how to properly store it and if you can use rice milk past its best before date. We will also tell you how to spot spoiled rice milk and if you can freeze it.
Does rice milk go bad?
Yes, rice milk goes bad if not stored properly. Rice milk bought from the store is usually shelf stable and lasts longer. Rice milk made at home has not been sterilized and does not have any preservatives so it goes bad within a few days.
How long does rice milk last?
Store-bought rice milk comes with a ‘best before’ label on its packaging. It is shelf stable and lasts for about 3 to 4 weeks past its expiry date when unopened and stored properly. After opening it, it lasts for about 7-10 days given that it was stored properly.
Homemade rice milk is not very shelf stable and only lasts for 3 to 4 days when stored properly.
How to store rice milk?
Rice milk that you buy from the unrefrigerated section of the grocery store should be kept in a cool, dark and dry place in your pantry. Since it is shelf stable and has been treated, it lasts at room temperature.
Once you have opened it, it needs to be refrigerated. Keep it on a shelf in the fridge away from the fridge door as that is where a lot of temperature fluctuations occur.
Homemade rice milk needs to be stored in the fridge at all times as it has not been treated and can go bad very quickly. It should not be left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature as bacteria can start to grow in it and contaminate it.
Can I use rice milk past its ‘best before’ date?
Yes, once unopened, you can use your rice milk for up to 3 to 4 weeks past its best before date. The best before date is provided by the manufacturer which tells us about the amount of time rice milk will last in its peak quality.
Rice milk may taste a little different or may have an altered texture but it will be safe to consume as long as it was stored properly.
However you should always check for signs of spoilage before using rice milk.
How to tell if rice milk has gone bad?
You can tell if rice milk has gone by if it has one or more of the following signs of spoilage.
- Smell the rice milk and see if it smells fine. If the smell seems off then that means the rice milk has gone bad.
- Look for any discolorations or growth of mold inside the carton or its packaging. If you do see mold, toss it out.
- Inspect the packaging for any leakage or bloating. Bloated packaging is usually a sign of spoilage or contamination.
- Look at the texture of the rice milk. Spoiled rice milk will have a weird texture and it will have clumps in it.
- If all else looks fine, give it a taste test. If the taste seems off then it is better to toss it out.
Learn about the nutritional value of rice milk here.
Can you freeze rice milk?
Yes, you can freeze rice milk to make it last longer. Rice milk stored in the freezer will last for about 3 months. You should store it in a heavy duty freezer bag to avoid freezer burn.
However the milk will lose its texture when you defrost it and may even taste weird so it is better to refrigerate it and use it up close to its best before date. Store it in the freezer when you absolutely have to.
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In this brief guide, we answered the question “Does rice milk go bad?” and told you how long it lasts. We also gave you tips on how to properly store it and if you can use rice milk past its best before date. We also told you how to spot spoiled rice milk and if you can freeze it.