So you found yourself with a half-full container of almond milk and there’s no good way to use it in the next few days. Can you freeze almond milk? Manufacturers advise against freezing but some people have great success freezing almond milk.
There’s one important thing about freezing almond milk that we need to mention right away. The texture of almond milk changes after freezing and thawing. If you’re considering freezing it for drinking purposes, that might not be the best idea. Fresh almond milk tastes better than frozen and defrosted almond milk. You most likely won’t be satisfied with its taste. You can, however, freeze it to use it in cooking and baking as well as to add to smoothies, or other recipes.
One more thing to remember is that almond milk from some brands freezes slightly better than others. So if you really want to make this freezing project work (i.e. it’s not a one-time thing), consider freezing almond milk from many brands and trying to figure out which brands work best for you. Having said that, let’s go through ways of freezing this lactose-free drink.
Freezing almond milk cubes takes more effort, but it allows you to easily thaw as much almond milk as you need at a time. In many cases, it makes perfect sense to spend a few more minutes on the freezing process and not worry about leftover thawed almond milk in the future. Here’s how the process looks like:
- Take an ice cube tray and pour the milk into it.
- Put the ice cube tray into the freezer. Keep it there until the liquid freezes. Freezing should take only a few hours. I usually leave the trays overnight, just to be sure the milk froze completely.
- Remove the almond milk cubes from the tray and transfer them into a freezer bag or freezer container. If using a freezer bag, squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing. Work fast so the warmth of your fingers won’t thaw the milk. Label the bag or container if needed.
- Throw the freezer bag or container into the freezer.
That’s it. Little effort and now you can thaw as little almond milk as you need at a time, even just a cube or two for your morning cup of coffee.
Freezing almond milk in a container requires little effort and time. It takes literally 5 minutes and the milk sits in the freezer. Here’s how to do it:
- Consider portion size. When thawing, you will thaw all the milk that’s in a container. So if you only need one cup at a time and have 3 cups worth of almond milk, freezing three one-cup portions is the smart thing to do. If you have no idea how much almond milk you will need at a time, consider freezing it in cubes.
- Pick a container(s). Almond milk consists mostly of water, so it expands when frozen. That means we need to leave some space in the containers used for freezing. Without it, there will be a mess in your freezer and you don’t want that. If you would like to use the original packaging, feel free to do so. Just make sure there’s space for the milk to expand. You can also use any freezer-safe airtight containers for freezing.
- Pour the milk into the containers. Label them with a name and a date if needed.
- Transfer the containers into the freezer.
That was easy, right?
- Overnight in the fridge. Put the almond milk cubes or container with frozen milk into the fridge in the evening. It will be thawed and ready to use in the morning.
- On the counter. An hour for cubes or 3 to 4 hours for a container should be enough to thaw frozen almond milk. Make sure to use the milk immediately after thawing.
- Throw it in frozen. If it’s a cooked dish, consider throwing in the milk frozen. In many dishes, this trick won’t have any downsides and you won’t have to worry about thawing.
Frozen and thawed almond milk might go bad faster than a fresh one, so it’s best to use it within a day or two after thawing. Of course, ideally, you would use all of it immediately after thawing, but it’s not always an option.
Most store-bought almond milk has a shelf life of at least a couple of months, so if the carton is still unopened, it usually doesn’t make sense to freeze it. Unless, of course, you are certain that you won’t use this milk alternative before the date on the package.
When it comes to homemade almond milk, if you’re preparing a bigger batch, it makes perfect sense to freeze some of it right away. Homemade variety usually doesn’t contain any preservatives, so its shelf life is short and freezing is the way to go.
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 are 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 the safety or nutritional value of almond milk.
Ideally, you want to transfer the product in a freezer-safe container, but the carton it came in is usually fine as well. Assuming that a carton of almond milk has been opened, yes you can freeze the milk in its original packaging. Since the opened carton of almond milk has more room to spare, the milk product could expand without breaking the packaging.
Unopened carton of almond milk isn’t recommended for freezing. The sealed packaging could burst in the freezer at some point, causing a mess in the freezer. For freezing unopened cartons of almond milk, transfer the product in a freezer-safe container just to be on the safe side.
You can freeze homemade almond milk but don’t expect its shelf life to be similar to store-bought almond milk. Store-bought almond milk may contain stabilizers and preservatives that extend the shelf life of the product. Homemade almond milk could spoil easily. The way to go is to freeze the homemade almond milk as soon as possible. Freshly made almond milk could retain its original flavor and consistency better than stale almond milk.
According to the brand’s official website, certain Alpro products are not meant to be frozen. A representative for Alpro said that the brand’s almond milk, in particular, should not be frozen. Don’t let the fact that the brand doesn’t recommend freezing their product prevent you from experimenting with freezing it. As mentioned already a few times, most brands don’t recommend freezing their almond milk and people do it either way.
Thinking of whipping up smoothies for later? Drinking smoothies is a great way to take in more nutrients from whole foods such as fruits and vegetable. But can you freeze smoothies made with almond milk? Generally, smoothies freeze well but their thawed state will depend on the ingredients that you used. The quick answer is yes, you can freeze smoothies made with almond milk. Since smoothies are made from frozen ingredients and these drinks are cold drinks, freezing is a terrific way to preserve the ingredients’ vitamins. Just make sure you are using freezer-safe containers.
Once the smoothies are thawed, the consistency may turn a little watery. This goes especially for smoothies with almond milk. You can restore the smoothie’s original consistency by giving it a good stir or running it through the blender once again. Also, you can pour more almond milk to give the drink a milkier taste.
Alternatively, you can freeze the almond milk and the rest of the ingredients separately and only combine them after thawing. While this adds a bit more work, the results you get will be better.
Definitely. Making smoothies is one of the best ways of using frozen almond milk. For smoothies, freezing in ice cube trays is the best option, because you can easily add as much milk as you need. When it comes to making the smoothie, you can either wait for the milk to thaw, or throw it in frozen instead of ice cubes in the recipe. Choose whatever works best for you.
Freezing almond milk results in, well …, frozen almond milk. It’s just a block of ice with an almond-like taste, and definitely not ice cream. Adding some mashed fruit to the milk and freezing it won’t result in ice cream either. Similarly to soy milk, to make ice cream with almond milk, you need an ice cream maker or at least a high-speed blender. If you have either one of these, check out these recipes for almond milk ice cream.
Just like almond milk itself, almond milk coffee creamer separates after being frozen and thawed. Getting back the texture you like will require giving it a good stir, or even running it through a blender. The best way to go about this is by freezing as much of the creamer as you need for two cups of coffee and testing if you’re okay with how it turns out. Try adding both frozen and thawed creamer, chances are you will like one more than the other.
Just like with regular yogurt, freezing almond yogurt is okay, but separation will occur after thawing. Texture and consistency will be altered, confirms the Amande website. That means it would be best to use frozen and thawed almond yogurt only in cooked or baked recipes, where the texture change won’t be noticeable. Eating it raw after thawing won’t be nearly as pleasant as eating it fresh.