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Jul 18, 2012 02:31 PM

Almond Milk?

I'm new to almond milk (and loving it). My question is, "does it go bad" ~~ I have some in the fridge at work but I go through it with my oatmeal every morning. However, I have an opened carton at home in the fridge for the weekend, and it is now at least 10 days.

Does it spoil like cow's milk? Should I smell and toss or just toss?

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  1. well thanks everyone for your input.

    1. Considering I buy it at Costco where it just sits there on the shelf, unrefrigerated, and then I throw the big box in my basement, unrefrigerated...I think you'll be fine.

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      1. re: childofthestorm

        Wow - I'm very surprised. Around here all Almond Milk is refrigerated. Even at Costco.

          1. re: Bacardi1

            It depends on how it's packaged -- if it's in regular milk cartons it's refrigerated, but it also commonly comes in aseptic aka Tetrapak packaging which is shelf-stable and needs no refrigeration.

            How long it keeps once opened it a completely different question. My sense is that it won't spoil nearly as quickly as dairy milk. I've never had it spoil.

        1. There should be an expiration date somewhere on the carton, & you can take it from there. I use it up fairly quickly, so can't help you via personal experience.

          1. I get it at Costco in a large pkg (unrefrigerated) of individual cartons.
            I threw it away, (didn't even smell it) I can use a carton up at work during the week, but not on the weekend. will resort to plan B.

            **off to figure out Plan B**

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            1. re: laliz

              I wonder why that is, since I checked a few manufacturers' websites, & they all say that almond milk is non-refrigerated shelf-stable until the expiration date or until it's opened. After opening, it does have to be refrigerated.

              I can only guess that our Costco wants to keep it in the same place as the other dairy products for customer ease in finding it. I mean, I wouldn't normally look for it amongst the canned goods.

              1. re: Bacardi1

                Its not refrigerated at my Costco (Azusa CA)

                1. re: laliz

                  It's sold in either non-frig. aseptic boxes, or chilled cartons where I live.

                  1. re: pine time

                    Right. Both say to refrigerate after opening, and recommend consuming within 7-10 days of that. Before they're opened though, the 64 ounce cartons must still be kept refrigerated (up to 3 months ?), whereas the 32 ounce aseptic boxes can be kept unfrigerated for a much longer time.

                    1. re: DagingKuda

                      Ah - so maybe the ones I'm seeing in Costco's refrigerated section are the 64-ounce ones. I don't recall the size.

                      1. re: Bacardi1

                        In my area, the 64 ounce cartons come 3 in a box the size of a laptop case.

            2. There's a difference between an unopened box sitting around for a long time, and an opened one in the fridge. Sometimes the boxes have a 'use within xxx days of opening' label, or there might be FAQ on the manufacturer's website.

              Soy Silk says 'will stay fresh 7-10 days after opening' - but that does not mean it will spoil after that. With less protein I suspect almond milk has a longer 'after opening' life.

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