Creamy with a slightly nutty flavor, almond milk is a delicious and healthy dairy-free alternative. It serves well as a dairy substitute for lactose-intolerant or vegan individuals.
- Types of Almond Milk
- Can I Freeze Almond Milk?
- How To Freeze Almond Milk
- How To Thaw Frozen Almond Milk
Almond milk purchased in-store is about twice the price of cows milk, which makes it a commodity you don’t want to see go to waste. Although almond milk is not recommended for freezing by its manufacturers, it can still be well preserved in the freezer for later use.
You may not appreciate the altered texture on thawing in your tea, but it is still the perfect dairy-free alternative for baking, smoothies, and for adding to any other cooked dishes. So go ahead and freeze your nutty blend to preserve it for future use.
Here is everything you need to know about freezing almond milk.
Types of Almond Milk
This creamy dairy milk alternative is made by blending almonds at a high speed with water and straining thoroughly. Once all the solids have been strained from the liquid you are left with smooth nutty milk which can be used to replace dairy milk in any recipe.
Store-bought almond milk will generally contain some kind of preservatives or stabilizers to prolong its shelf life. These boxed varieties come sweetened, unsweetened, organic, and flavored with vanilla or chocolate.
Can I Freeze Almond Milk?
There are pros and cons to freezing almond milk. Of course, placing it in the freezer while still fresh will extend its shelf life significantly. However, you have to be aware that the texture of the almond milk will be altered once thawed.
Despite the altered texture, almond milk is still good to use, especially when mixed with other ingredients in cooking.
You might not find the milk texture very pleasant to drink as is, to add to your cereal, or to mix into a cup of coffee. Having said that, the taste will remain unchanged and delicious and the altered texture can be somewhat rectified after thawing, so all is not lost.
Various brands of almond milk freeze differently due to the specific constitution of ingredients. You may have to experiment to see which brand freezes best.
How To Freeze Almond Milk
The same process of freezing will apply to both homemade and store-bought almond milk. To avoid wasting large amounts of almond milk once thawed, you will want to freeze it in smaller quantities so that you can just defrost as much as you need at a time.
Keep in mind that almond milk should still be fresh and of good quality when freezing. Below are two options for freezing almond milk.
Option 1: How To Freeze Almond Milk Ice Cubes
Step 1: Portion and Freeze Cubes
Pour the almond milk into a clean ice tray and place it into the freezer to freeze completely.
Step 2: Pack and Seal
Remove the fully frozen ice cubes from the tray and place them into a zip lock freezer bag.
Keeping the almond milk cubes in an air-tight environment will prevent the milk from absorbing odors from surrounding foods which could affect the taste. Remove the air from the bag by pressing it down before sealing.
Step 3: Label
Label the bag with the date and place it back in the freezer.
Option 2: How To Freeze Almond Milk In Containers
Step 1: Decant
Portion the almond milk into air-tight containers that are freezer-friendly. The containers must be air-tight to prevent almond milk from absorbing odors from surrounding foods. The exposure to air can also result in the almond milk spoiling faster.
Step 2: Close
Leave a little space open at the top of the container as the liquid will expand during the freezing process and may burst open if filled to the brim. Close tightly.
Step 2: Label and Freeze
Label the containers with the contents and date if necessary. Place them upright in the freezer.
How To Thaw Frozen Almond Milk
Almond milk can be defrosted by placing it in the fridge overnight to thaw. Alternatively, the frozen sealed container can be placed in a water bath with room temperature or lukewarm water. Do not use hot water.
Once defrosted, you will notice that the almond milk has separated and does not look very appetizing. This is completely natural.
Place the defrosted almond milk into a blender and give it a whizz for 20 to 30 seconds to reconstitute a smoother consistency. It will also develop a little foam on top during blending.
Most manufacturers do not recommend freezing almond milk due to the separation of the milk once thawed. There are, however, many ways in which defrosted almond milk can be successfully used. It is certainly worth freezing the milk to preserve it for future use.
Once almond milk is thawed and blended on high speed for a few seconds, its creamy consistency will return. You may want to think twice about adding it to your coffee, but it can be used in any cooked recipes, for baking and will still be delicious in smoothies.
Use this dairy substitute as you would milk in any other recipe. If you see almond milk on sale, freezing it makes the bargain worthwhile to benefit from your savings in the long run without the fear of your almond milk spoiling too soon.
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