Almond butter is a great alternative for people who are allergic to peanut butter or who may want to add a new nut butter to their diet.
Since it’s more expensive than peanut butter, you are going to want to make sure you keep it fresh and prevent spoilage.
A lot of people wonder, what is the best way to store almond butter and can I freeze it? These are great questions and today we’ll answer them in detail.
So, can you freeze almond butter? Yes, you can! Once frozen, almond butter will last about six to twelve months in the freezer. Just portion it into the proper serving sizes, make sure it has an air-tight seal, and leave space for it to expand as it freezes.
There are a few more things to know about freezing almond butter, so read on to find out what the best way to freeze and defrost your almond butter is!
Can You Freeze Almond Butter?
There are a few reasons you might want to freeze your almond butter. Maybe you’ve bought a container in the past and didn’t finish it before the almonds went rancid. Or you might want to freeze it in portions to throw into smoothies.
Freezing your almond butter in the container it comes in won’t be very helpful since when you thaw it, you will be right back where you started in terms of trying to use it before it goes bad.
Follow these simple steps to freeze your almond butter like a pro.
Portion and Seal
Figure out how much almond butter you would reasonably go through in a few days and purchase containers that are as close to that size as possible.
Portion your almond butter into the containers. Make sure you leave some space at the top for expansion.
When foods with water content freeze, they will expand a little so leave some room to prevent you container from warping or opening.
You might want to place some plastic wrap over the top of the almond butter before you seal the container to prevent any air from getting in and causing freezer burn.
Label & Freeze
Once your almond butter is sealed, you will want to take a piece of masking tape and write the date and contents on it, then stick it to your container.
It might be tempting to skip this step, but sometimes after a few months it’s hard to remember when and what you froze.
Pop it in the freezer and use within 6 to 12 months.
How Do You Freeze Almond Butter For Smoothies?
If you want to freeze your almond butter for smoothies, you can portion it into ice cube trays.
Once it’s frozen, I like to move it to an air-tight freezer bag to prevent freezer burn and keep it fresh and delicious. It will take about 24 hours for your almond butter to freeze through.
How Do You Defrost Almond Butter?
How you defrost your almond butter depends on how you are planning on using it. If you have frozen it into ice cubes for smoothies, then you don’t need to thaw it at all. Just throw one or two cubes into your smoothie and blend away.
If you are defrosting one of your containers of almond butter, I recommend taking it out the day before you will need to use it.
You can let it thaw in the fridge overnight. Sometimes if I’m in a rush, I will just place the container on a small plate (to catch any condensation) in my kitchen.
Once your almond butter is defrosted you will want to give it a stir, especially if you’re using a natural brand.
Often the oil and solids can separate giving it a slightly off-putting texture. Just grab a spoon, stir it around, and you’ll have delicious, smooth almond butter again!
How Do You Preserve Almond Butter?
Almond, and other nut butters, contain essential fatty acids called omega-6 and omega-3.
These fats are incredibly healthy, but also sensitive to heat, light, and air. That means that they can spoil quickly and leave you with an unappetizing almond butter.
When you get your almond butter home, stir it to mix the oils and solids. For optimal freshness you will want to store almond butter in the fridge.
If there is no space in your fridge, then keep it in a dark, cool pantry to prevent the oils from going rancid.
How Long Does Refrigerated Almond Butter Last?
If you are storing your almond butter in the refrigerator, then it will last about one month. You will be able to tell that it has gone bad because the fats in the almond butter go rancid and taste sour or bitter.
Check out our recipe on almond butter cookies for a tasty way to enjoy this peanut alternative!
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