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Homemade Almond Milk Going Bad?

Hey all,
I just made almond milk myself for the first time and it's delicious! But I have a question about storing it. It doesn't last very long. The recipe I used said it's only good for 3 or 4 days in a jar in the fridge. Does anyone know what makes almond milk go bad? Also, what's a better way to preserve it? I'd like to make it last longer than 3 or 4 days.
Thanks!

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shesfearless
Mar. 11th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Mod Note
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totheminute
Mar. 11th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Mod Note
Oops. Done.
shesfearless
Mar. 11th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Mod Note
Thanks!
gwenyvere4
Mar. 11th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Maybe the oils from the nuts?
brenda_k_a
Mar. 11th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Can it be frozen?
shalora
Mar. 12th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
This is what I was thinking. Freeze in small jars so you're only thawing a couple of day's worth at a time, and the rest ought to keep longer...
hearts_of_hope
Mar. 11th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
It goes bad due to microbial contamination. You can make it last longer by sterilizing a jar (boiling it, perhaps) and then boiling your almond milk and putting it into the jar.

Making your almond milk seems like such a great idea! I'd like to try it sometime.
totheminute
Mar. 11th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea. I'll have to play with it a little and see if it's any good for long term storage.

Making almond milk yourself is so easy! I couldn't believe how simple it was! If you've got time on your hands, you should try it. The recipe I used is as follows:

Ingredients:

1 to 1 ½ cups of raw almonds
4 cups of filtered or spring water
3-8 dates (optional)

Directions:

1. Soak almonds in water for at least six hours.

2. Drain soaked almonds, and blend with 4 cups of fresh water until you get a milk-like consistency. Blend with dates (that have been soaked for at least an hour) if you like a hint of sweetness to your milk.

3. Strain once to remove almond granules.

The result is a delicious, creamy milk that's free of added oils, concentrated sugars, and synthetic nutrients. This all-natural almond milk keeps for four to five days in an air-tight jar in the refrigerator.
kiarrith
Mar. 12th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
I'd love to hear about how your experiments go!
totheminute
Mar. 12th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
Ok! If you want to friend me I'll blog about my attempts in my journal.
electricdruid
Mar. 11th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how to make it last any longer but in my experience almond milk invariably goes bad faster than any other milk I've tried. It's the only reason I don't drink it anymore.:(
a2b3
Mar. 12th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
Does freezing then thawing change the texture? If it doesn't that would be good. Or making smaller quantities.
totheminute
Mar. 12th, 2011 05:26 am (UTC)
I'm going to experiment with freezing almond milk. I just googled it, and apparently it can be done. I'll try it tomorrow.
jovegan
Mar. 12th, 2011 07:18 am (UTC)
Are you adding sugar and salt to it? Both will help it last longer.
totheminute
Mar. 12th, 2011 07:21 am (UTC)
I put stevia in it, but not sugar. I may opt out of adding sugar. Never thought of salting it, though. Do you know how much longer it will last with some salt?
fourgotten
Mar. 13th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
If you're only adding salt as a flavor enhancement, it's doubtful that it will preserve the product at all.

To preserve the product, you'd have to salt it to a level that wouldn't be so tasty.

Boiling and sterilizing everything first will certainly help. Freezing the extra will also help. You could also can some with a pressure canner, though I don't know how it would affect the flavor.
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