How long can almond milk be left out?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long can almond milk be left out” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of almond milk at room temperature. Moreover, we are going to discuss different ways to spot bad almond milk.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How long can almond milk be left out?

Shelf-stable or the almond milk that is sold unrefrigerated lasts for about 1-2 months past its “best before” date, if it is still unopened and stored in a cool, dry and dark corner of your pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

While once opened the clock starts ticking and there is a small-time for which you can enjoy the optimum flavor of the almond milk. Open almond milk lasts for about 2 hours when kept at room temperature. 

Almond milk is a perishable commodity and has a lot of macro and micronutrients present in it. Moreover, it has a lot of water present in its formulation so if it is kept out for more than 2 hours, bacteria and other microbes will find their way into your almond milk and will spoil it. 

You should discard the almond milk that has been left in open for more than 2 hours as bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore there are greater chances of the almond milk being already contaminated with bacteria when left out for more than 2 hours.

Moreover, if the temperature of the surroundings is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, then the process of spoilage takes place at a faster pace and it is recommended to discard almond milk that is left out in the open for more than an hour at 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is worth mentioning that the figures mentioned above are the estimated shelf life of almond milk.

What is the optimum temperature to store almond milk?

You should always store your almond milk at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below in the fridge. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore it is always advised to store almond milk at a lower temperature to preserve its freshness and quality for a long time.

Is almond milk safe to use after the best-before date?

The “best by” or “best before” date that is written on the carton of almond milk refers to the quality rather than safety so almond milk doesn’t necessarily go bad immediately after the best before date. 

This date refers to the time during which you can enjoy the peak quality and flavor of almond milk but you can still use almond milk that is past this date as long as it was stored properly, there is no leakage in the carton and no signs of mold are present.

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Ways to spot bad almond milk

There are a couple of indicators that point out bad almond milk. You should consider the appearance, texture, smell, and taste of the almond milk to give a final verdict of whether or not it has gone bad.

Appearance

If you spot a mold or any other organic growth in your almond milk carton (it is a really rare phenomenon), then the best thing you can do is to get rid of this almond milk as it is an indication of bad almond milk.

Texture

If the almond milk is curdled or has lumps present in it, then it is an indication of bad almond milk and you should get rid of it.

Smell

If you smell something foul or sour while taking a sniff test then it is an indication that the almond milk has gone bad and the best thing to do is to discard it.

Almond milk has a nutty aroma to it, the absence of the nutty aroma is the indication that your almond milk is past its prime age.

Taste

If the almond milk has passed the visual and smell test, then you can go ahead and taste it. If you notice a sour or slightly bitter taste after taking a little sip of milk then it is an indication that the almond milk has gone bad. 

Tips to properly store almond milk

  1. Almond milk can pick up odors therefore it should be stored in an air-tight container or bottle in the fridge. Moreover, it should be stored away from strong-smelling food items like garlic, onion, etc. 
  1. It is better to store almond milk on a shelf of the refrigerator rather than the door as there is a lot of temperature fluctuation at the door of the fridge and that can harm the quality of almond milk.
  1. Almond milk should be stored on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator as it is the coldest part of the refrigerator and has a temperature between 38 °F to 40 °F.

You can read the benefits of almond milk here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long can almond milk be left out” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of almond milk at room temperature. Moreover, we discussed different ways to spot bad almond milk.

Citations

https://www.thekitchn.com/heres-how-to-tell-if-your-almond-milk-is-bad-258188

https://foodsguy.com/almond-milk-go-bad/#:~:text=Finding%20anything%20black%20in%20your,milk%2C%20creating%20a%20black%20fungus.&text=To%20be%20on%20the%20safe,or%20chunks%20should%20be%20discarded.

https://www.purewow.com/food/does-almond-milk-go-bad#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20food%20safety,the%20date%20on%20the%20package.

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Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.