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Of course, all types of milk alternatives last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, milk substitutes, like most dairy products, usually have a sell by date which is the last date the product should remain on a store shelf. Because of this distinction, you may safely use milk alternatives such as almond milk, rice milk and soy milk to compliment your favorite meals even after their "sell by dates" have lapsed.
How to tell if Almond Milk is bad, rotten or spoiled?
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent foodborne illness.
Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your milk alternative has gone bad. Similar to milk produced by mammals, some common traits of bad milk alternatives include discoloration, a thick lumpy texture and a rancid sour smell.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods before their shelf life has expired!
How to store Almond Milk to extend its shelf life?
Interestingly, milk substitutes typically come in two different types of packaging. One type requires the product be refrigerated both in the store and at home because it is not completely sealed. The other type, what's called aseptic packaging, can be found unrefigerated on the store's shelves and can remain on the shelf until opened.
Once opened, you can help milk alternatives stay fresh longer by keeping them away from light and by placing them back into your refrigerator immediately after use. Store milk substitutes on an interior refrigerator shelf rather than in the door, where the temperature fluctuates with frequent opening. Additionally, keep the opened milk alternatives stored tightly closed in their original container as the milk alternative containers are specifically designed for this purpose.
Unfortunately, freezing milk substitutes isn't a great option as frozen-then-thawed milk substitutes are dramatically inferior in texture.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.
Interesting facts about Almond Milk:
- the product must be refrigerated in the store and at home because it is not completely sealed
- the product is contained in aseptic packaging that allows it to be sold in a store's unrefrigerated section.
How long is Almond Milk good for when prepared in a dish?
How long do milk substitutes such as soy milk, rice milk, almond milk and coconut milk last? That depends. How long does cereal last? In general, milk alternatives last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient it is mixed with.
What are our shelf life resources?
In determining how long Almond Milk lasts, our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Almond Milk.
*An important note about expiration dates...
Although the Almond Milk shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not a replacement for your health care professional. Please eat responsibly!