Almond milk has become a staple in most people’s lives, but if you’re anything like me, you end up throwing out half the carton way too often. There are so many things you can do with leftover almond milk — smoothies, oatmeal, baking — but is it possible to freeze almond milk? Or will it go bad?
The biggest problem when it comes to almond milk is that it comes in large cartons, and if you don’t use up all the contents before its expiration date, you have a lot of waste. If you’re looking for an easy way to store your almond milk so it’ll stay fresh without costing too much money, freezing it might be your best choice!
But is that even an option?
Yes, freezing almond milk is possible. In this article, we’re going to go over how you can freeze it, whether this is the best option for your needs, and what you should consider when storing it in this way.
How To Freeze almond milk
There are three primary ways you can freeze almond milk.
You can pour your almond milk into ice cube trays and freeze them, or transfer the almond milk to sealable plastic bags before putting them in the freezer. Another option is to put your almond milk in a container of its own before freezing it.
1. Freezing almond milk in ice cube trays
This is probably the easiest way to store almond milk. All you have to do is pour your almond milk into ice cube trays and wait for it to freeze. Once frozen, transfer them into sealable plastic containers or freezer bags.
2. Freezing almond milk in a sealable plastic bag
Freezing almond milk this way is not really complicated either. Transfer the carton of almond milk into a freezer bag. Leave some space at the top of the bag and try to get as much air out as possible before closing it. When putting it in the freezer, try to lay it flat so that it can freeze flat and doesn’t use up more space than needed.
3. Freezing almond milk in its own container
This method is like using a bag. Just pour your almond milk into a freezer safe, sealable glass or plastic container and put it in the freezer. Try to store it even, so it will freeze even as well.
Two tips you want to keep in mind:
- Always try to remove as much air as possible when using bags. This will help to prevent freezer burn, which has a negative effect on the milk’s quality and tasting.
- In order to keep track of your freezer inventory, I recommend labeling everything with name and date.
Thawing Almond Milk
To avoid frozen chunks of almond milk in your recipe, aim to thaw it completely before using it. The best way to do this is to take the milk out of the freezer and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours. The time depends on how much milk you have in one batch.
Alternatively, you can also put it in a microwave-safe dish and thaw it for about 10 minutes. Then use it as you wish!
Another way you can thaw almond milk is within a sealed bag placed in a bowl of lukewarm water. This will speed up the process as well.
However, if you forget about your almond milk, simply don’t have enough time or you use it in a cold smoothie anyway, there is another option:
Just pop out some almond milk cubes (if you used that method) or pour the contents into a blender and blend until even. I think that is especially a great way for smoothies.
How long will almond milk last in the freezer?
As long as you followed the recommendations I listed above, your almond milk should stay good for three to six months.
But always keep in mind that it depends on how well you prepare and store it.
Before consuming it, you should always check if there are any changes in the smell, taste or consistency. If it has changed, discard it immediately!
Does freezing almond milk ruin it?
Freezing almond milk will not make it harmful.
It will change the texture and consistency, though, and it will separate. That means that there will be a thick, creamy part that sinks to the bottom.
Can you get rid of the problem?
Absolutely! You can shake it or mix it with a blender for some time before you use it. This will help bring it all together again.
Otherwise, if you don’t mind the changes in texture and consistency, there’s no reason not to freeze your almond milk! The good ingredients will still be there when you freeze it correctly and for not too long.
Drinking it pure won’t be that tasty, but using it in your recipes or smoothies will not make a big difference, I think.
Here are some pros and cons as a conclusion:
Helps you to save time if you need the milk in a hurry
It’s easy and inexpensive way to store high quality protein-rich Almond Milk
Stores well in the freezer for up to six months
It reduces waste
The texture will change when thawed
Separation of the liquid from the cream
Taste will suffer
Almond Milk Recipes
While many people like to drink plain almond milk on its own or use it in their recipes, others prefer to dress up their almond milk a bit and make different types of drinks out of it. Especially for frozen almond milk, a tasty recipe might be a better option because of the product changes, as mentioned above.
If you need some inspiration, here are some ideas:
Almond milk drinks
Vanilla Almond Milk Latte
This is a nice twist on the classic milk latte and it involves blending together vanilla almond milk, coffee, cocoa powder, erythritol sweetener, coconut oil and ice.
You can spice up this drink even more by adding some cinnamon or another type of flavored extract into the mix as well!
Almond Banana Milkshake
If you’re craving something similar to a traditional milkshake but are looking for non-dairy options, then this recipe is perfect for you. It calls for blending together low fat vanilla frozen yogurt with banana slices and almond milk until smooth.
From there, drizzle in some chocolate syrup if desired before enjoying!
Tropical Almond Milk Smoothie
This tropical smoothie is a delicious way to get a serving of fruit in each day and it calls for blending together almond milk, pineapple chunks, mango chunks, strawberries and orange juice.
For even more creamy goodness, try adding some coconut flakes or shredded coconut into the mix as well!
If you’re not looking to turn your almond milk into something that you drink – i.e., if you want to use it in recipes instead – then there are still plenty of ways to use it up.
Here are some ideas:
Food recipes with almond milk
Vegan Chocolate Frosting
This healthy frosting recipe is a great way to dress up an assortment of different desserts in a healthier fashion while also adding a bit of almond milk to the mix.
In fact, this frosting calls for mixing coconut oil, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract along with maple syrup, vanilla soy milk, and almond milk until smooth before spreading over cakes or cupcakes!
Cherry Almond Cookies
These cookies have a nice nutty flavor thanks to the ground almonds that go into them, as well as a hint of cherry flavor from a splash of cherry juice.
They also call for blending together flour, almond meal, baking soda, and salt before combining this dry mixture with egg white and sugar along with cherries and almond milk. You can dress these up even more by dipping the tops in melted chocolate if desired!
Almond Milk Yogurt Parfait
This parfait calls for a base of almond milk yogurt with the top layer made from fresh fruit and granola. You can use any type of fruit you like, but this particular recipe uses blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries to add some color and flavor!
Can you freeze almond milk cartons?
No, I don’t recommend doing that because the high water content in the milk can cause it to expand, and potentially the cartons can burst.
Can you freeze almond milk for smoothies?
Yes… if you plan to use it in a smoothie, then freezing the almond milk works just fine. The best option here is to freeze it in ice cube trays. Whenever you need some for your smoothie, just pop them out or get them out of the bag if you transferred them before.
Can you freeze almond milk for popsicles?
A cold glass of almond milk on a hot summer day sounds perfect. But the thought of drinking the milk cold out of the freezer is not something that would appeal to many people. But can you freeze almond milk to make popsicles? The answer is yes!
Can you freeze almond milk for ice cream?
An equally popular way to use almond milk is to make homemade ice cream. And making ice cream out of frozen almond milk should work without a problem.
Can you freeze almond milk for coffee?
Can almond milk be frozen for making coffee drinks? Yes, it can! Before using it, almond milk is usually shaken up and heated gently to improve the texture.
Conclusion – Is freezing almond milk a good option?
Freezing almond milk is a great way to preserve the product and make it last longer. However, freezing will change its texture and consistency slightly.
But it’s still a good option and reduces waste.
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