If you’re looking for a tasty milk alternative, almond milk is one of the popular choices. Can it go bad? It surely can. Of course it won’t go bad as quickly as cow’s milk does, but after a certain period of time it isn’t safe to drink anymore. If you’re new to almond milk, this article is for you. It cover all the way from storing almond milk, its shelf life to telling it it’s bad and should be discarded. If it sounds interesting, read along!
Storing almond milk
There are many brands that offer almond milk, but it’s quite possible that you have already (or will in the nearest future) found one that you like the most. They taste different, so you will probably somewhat like few brands and dislike others. That’s just the nature of the beast. As long as the almond milk is unopened, you should store it in a way the manufacturer recommends. Some of them require you to keep it in a cool place (e.g. in the pantry), while others specifically say that it should be stored in the fridge and anywhere else. Follow those requirements. If it isn’t explicitly written how it should be stored, store it in similar conditions to in which it was stored in the store (put it into the fridge if it was in the refrigerated part of the store or keep in the pantry otherwise). Home made almond milk should be stored in the fridge.
After the milk is opened for the first time, it should be stored in the freezer, no matter what company manufactured it. Of course you also need to make sure it’s sealed tightly when not in use. You might an airtight pitcher useful in this situation. That’s about it when it comes to almond milk storage.
Shelf life of almond milk
As long as almond milk is unopened, the “best by” date on the label is the best indicator of how long it will be fine (approximately). Of course the milk won’t go bad in a day or two after the mentioned date. If stored properly, in most cases it will be fine for at least a few weeks more. If it’s past the “use by” date, you should definitely check if it’s bad (you can find some of the most important guidelines later in the article) before drinking a glass or two. Once the milk is opened, it should be used within a week or two. Chances are it will be fine for up to 3 weeks or even a little more, but it’s always better to consume it right away than wait until it starts to deteriorate quickly and (possibly) go bad.
How to tell if almond milk is bad
If the milk is in carton that is still unopened, make sure the carton isn’t unnaturally bloated. If it is, the liquid is probably spoiled. When examining almond milk look for color and smell changes first. Color changes should be easy to spot. If the drink smells somewhat similar to sour milk, you can be sure it’s bad already and should be discarded. Check the consistency of the liquid – if it has any thick parts or is curdled, throw it away. The last thing is the taste of the milk – if it doesn’t taste right, it’s probably not safe to consume.
As you can see, almond milk can go bad. In this article we covered its storage, shelf life and how to spot spoiled almond milk.