Can you freeze almond milk? Almond milk is one of the delicious and often used lactose free milk alternatives. It’s often used by people suffering from lactose intolerance, but also by some vegetarians and vegans. So, what should you do if you’ve got a half full container of almond milk and you can’t find a way to use it within the next couple of days? Or there’s a big sale in a store near your home and you’re thinking about buying a few containers to save some money?
Freezing almond milk seems to be the only solution to both of the mentioned issues. Just to be clear – you can freeze this lactose-free beverage but most manufacturers don’t recommend freezing their products. The good news is – many people freeze almond milk on a regular basis and they are satisfied with the results they get. Let’s discuss the effect that freezing has on this liquid.
How freezing affects almond milk
As I’ve mentioned earlier, freezing almond milk isn’t recommended by manufacturers of brands such as Silk Pure Almond or Almond Breeze®. The big question is – why? Producers state that the texture and consistency of almond milk is affected by freezing and thawing. The changes are noticeable – almond milk separates irregularly which both reduces visual quality and changes the texture. Freezing doesn’t have an effect on safety or nutritional value of almond milk.
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Despite manufacturer’s recommendations, many people freeze almond milk (both homemade and store-bought) with success. If you plan to use your almond milk leftovers for cooking or baking purposes, freezing this dairy free milk alternative is definitely worth a try. If you plan to freeze it for drinking purposes, it might not be the best idea. Fresh almond milk tastes better than frozen and defrosted one. All in all, it’s a matter of personal preferences.
If you want to know whether freezing this beverage for drinking purposes works for you, you need to run a little trial. Also, it’s good to know that almond milk of some brands freezes better than almond milk of other brands. So, if your favorite brand’s milk doesn’t taste good after thawing, freezing milk of other brand might be a good idea. One more tip, frozen and thawed almond milk might go bad faster than a fresh one, so it’s good to use it within a day or two after thawing.
Tips regarding freezing almond milk
Container in which you freeze almond milk should be airtight. That will prevent the liquid from absorbing any odors from the freezer. You can freeze it in its original packaging, but make sure to pour a little almond milk before freezing. Almond milk consists mostly of water so it’ll expand while freezing. If you plan to use only a part of the frozen almond milk at a time, it’s a good idea to freeze it in smaller freezer-safe plastic containers, or even use ice-cube trays. To use the ice-cube trays you just need to pour the liquid into the trays, freeze them, remove almond ice-cubes from trays, put them in a container or a bag and put it into the freezer. This way you can easily defrost only as much almond milk as you need at a time. Please remember that you shouldn’t thaw almond milk and then freeze it again.
Almond milk is a widely used non dairy milk alternative. Manufacturers recommend that it shouldn’t be frozen, but many people do so and those people are satisfied by the results they get.