We always have a few extra things stacked up in the pantry, especially if the food items are storable and dry. People usually believe that dry fruits like almonds can stay good for years. Well, they might if stored correctly. But, even properly stored almonds can go bad. This is why you need to look for the signs of spoilage, check shelf-life, and learn the proper storage.
Do Almonds Go Bad? The Spoilage Signs
Almonds are just like other edible items that turn bad with time. The spoilage signs for all the dry fruits vary. For example, some might change their color, while others get sticky, fungi-like, or turn sour and bitter. The spoilage signs include:
- Mouldy kernels
- Dried out
- Bug invasion
- Rancidity and bitter taste
- A strong, unpleasant odour
- Discoloured kernels
If you find any of the above signs, you should dispose of them off.
Storing Almonds the Right Way
Before we go on and store them, you must check if you have the bought shelled almonds or the one without the shells.
Storing Without Shell
- We can save shell-less almonds by storing them at the temperature of 32 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit with an overall moistness of 60 to 75 per cent.
- Bundle them in an impermeable plastic or glass container to keep dampness and scents.
- Try to keep them in a heat-free and dry place such as; a cupboard in the kitchen or storeroom (away from the oven).
- They have a preservative covering that can aid in their storage and elongate their shelf-life
- Their kernels stay good for long as the shells provide the perfect storage conditions.
- All you want is an all-around ventilated sack (for room-temp stockpiling) or a few compartments or freezer packs (for cold stockpiling).
- Unlike shell-less almonds, Shelled do not have that defensive layer, so you want to step in.
- That implies you should keep them in an airproof or waterproof container or pack. This will help reduce the oxidation and save it from any scent.
Almonds are cholesterol, sodium, and gluten-free with minimal saturated fats that can help maintain your weight and keep heart diseases at bay. In addition, they are enriched with fiber, thereby helping digestion.
How Long Do Almonds Last?
Their shelf-life varies from packaging to packaging. However, to have a fair idea for the time you can keep your almonds safe and good, here is what you need to know:
- With shells can stay perfect for eight months at 20 °C (68 °F), 16 months at 10 °C (50 °F), and for quite a long time at 0 °C (32 °F)
- Without shells can only be stored for a limited time period.
Is It Safe To Eat Expired Almonds?
No, it’s not safe to eat expired almonds because they can hamper digestion or cause long-term harmful effects on your body. Eating expired nuts may not affect you immediately, but it can make you sick gradually.
What Amount Of Time Does It Require For Almonds To Turn Bad?
We can save unshelled almonds for a long time in the pantry, 20 months in the freezer, and 16 months in the fridge. And shelled almonds can be saved for four months in the pantry, eight months in the refrigerator, and ten months in the freezer.
How Long Will Vacuum Sealed Almonds Last?
The less air, the better. Vacuum sealed nuts can endure as long as two years in a freezer without losing texture and taste. That’s why saving almonds in a vacuum-sealed bag is one of the most reliable almond stockpiling methods. Also, they can be sealed in their shell or without.