Every food after a period gets expired, including almond butter. Have you ever seen Peanut Butter go bad? Probably yes! Similarly, almond butter also goes terrible after some period. The surface area increases a thousand times when the almonds are made into butter. Due to this, it becomes more liable to bacterial and chemical decay. It is a highly fatty product and vulnerable to rancidity.
A jar is shelf-stable for up to two years if it is unopened. However, if you have used half of a jar and then left it, after some time, you want to use it again, but you are not sure whether it is okay to eat or not. If it is years old, it may go wrong, and you don’t want to use it.
How to store Almond Butter?
Almond butter does not have a long shelf life. Therefore, it cannot go well very quickly. So, you have to plan a whole storing procedure to store it. The procedures of storing peanut butter and almond butter are pretty similar. To store almond butter, you need to take care of the following things.
Place it in a cool place.
Always keep your almond butter in a cool and cold place, away from sunlight or other heat sources when it is sealed and unopened. If the jar is kept in a hot place, the oil will get separated from it, and there will be an increase in the chance of mold formation.
Store it in a cupboard
Fresh almond butter should be kept at room temperature for up to a week. Put the jar in a cupboard or a shelf in the kitchen where the temperature stays normal. Please keep it away from refrigerators and oven where the temperature is higher than the room temperature. If the temperature is too high, don’t store almond butter there because it may get heated up and result in oil separation. If you live in an area where the temperature is low, storing almond butter in a kitchen cupboard or shelf is better.
Keep it in a refrigerator.
It is very safe to store almond butter in a cupboard or refrigerator as per your choice. If the temperature where you live is a bit high, it is better to refrigerate the almond butter. It will stay right in the refrigerator for few months. Storing the almond butter in the refrigerator will avoid oil separation from it, and there will be less chance of mold formation. In case of oil separation, stir it well before storing it in the refrigerator.
Can you freeze Almond Butter?
Freezing almond butter is not a bad idea at all. An extra amount of almond butter can be kept in the freezer for some time. Put the extra amount of almond butter that you don’t want to use currently in a separate jar and store it in the freezer. This amount can be kept in the freezer for about 4-6 months.
And when you think of using it, first defrost it in the refrigerator for about 10-12 hours and then take it out of the refrigerator for use. It is good to store the extra jars of almond butter in the freezer that you will not consume for four months.
How long does Almond butter last?
It is difficult to predict a shelf life for peanut butter. Similarly, it is hard to tell the shelf-life of almond butter. However, it can last for about one year if it is sealed. Once the jar is open and exposed to the air, it is up to you to store it well. It is up to you whether you store it in a cupboard or the refrigerator.
On the other hand, an open jar of almond butter, if kept at room temperature, lasts for about 3-4 months. Storing almond butter in the refrigerator increases its lifetime. If almond butter is stored in the refrigerator, it can last for about six months. These periods are from the manufactures and are not the same.
Different manufactures give different periods for long-lasting. But most commonly, almond butter easily lasts more than the period provided by the manufactures.
How to tell if Almond Butter is bad?
Nobody likes to eat rotten foods, and it is harmful to you as well. If you want to know whether the almond butter is good or bad, you need to check its color, taste, or smell.
- The oil can get separated from almond butter at room temperature, but it is not a spoliation sign. If this oil is exposed to air for a more extended period, there will be an increase in moisture and bacteria formation.
- Rancid almond butter has a different taste. If you want to know if it is rancid, you can taste it, and it may taste like paint.
- You can smell it, and if it smells like paints, then it is spoiled.
- You can also see the appearance of black or brown spots on the jar’s surface, which means that the almond butter has been expired, and you don’t want to use it anyway.