After you pick up your new Base Culture almond butters, you may wonder whether they’re best stored in the refrigerator or in the pantry - or, right on the counter next to the blender for your almond butter protein shakes.
Here are five tips for storing almond butter to preserve its freshness for as long as possible.
- Keep the almond butter in a dark, cool place before opening.
Before the seal is broken on the almond butter container, it is just fine outside of the refrigerator. Find a lower shelf in the pantry that is often hidden from the sun, and keep it there until you need it. The cooler and darker the storage location, the better!
- After opening almond butter, keep it refrigerated.
Once you’ve opened and used the almond butter as an ingredient in a savory dish recipe or as a midday spoonful snack, store it in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. It can stay in the refrigerator for months, and the coolness will prevent bacteria from growing and the nut butter’s oils from going bad.
- If you’re about to cook with the almond butter or use it, take it out of the refrigerator early.
Remember that the coolness of the refrigerator can slightly harden the almond butter, making it harder to spread on your paleo bagel or stir in with your banana pancake batter. To soften the nut butter before use, take it out of the refrigerator 15 minutes early while you prepare the rest of your ingredients.
- If it’s been a while since you’ve used the almond butter, give it a good stir.
Almonds have natural oils, which naturally lift to the surface when they’ve been sitting still for a while. So, if it’s been a while since you last used the almond butter, take a big spoon and stir the oils back into the nut butter.
- Keep tabs on the shelf life of your container.
The shelf life of Base Culture’s almond butter is six months ambient, nine months refrigerated, and one year frozen. Mark your container with the purchase date and the date you opened the butter to keep track.
Finally, if you or your family are big almond butter lovers and go through the containers quickly, we recently launched a subscription program for almond butters. Choose the frequency and timing of the almond butter delivery, and cancel anytime. Even better: price per product will be discounted 15% if you subscribe.
To create an almond butter subscription, shop on the Base Culture website and check out as you usually would. There will be two choices: “one time purchase” and “subscribe and save 15%.” Input your specifications and voila - almond butter forever!
In the meantime, you’ll know how to store it!