Almond oil is a versatile ingredient used in a variety of culinary and beauty applications. But can it go bad? And how long does it last?
Well, unopened almond oil typically has a shelf life of about 6 months to a year or more. However, once you open that bottle, you have about 6 months to use it.
Below, I’ll cover how to extend its shelf life, signs of spoilage, and more!
What is the shelf life of almond oil?
The shelf life of almond oil can vary depending on several factors, including how it is processed, stored, and whether it contains any additional preservatives.
Generally, almond oil has a reasonably long shelf life compared to many other natural oils due to its relatively low susceptibility to oxidation.
Unrefined or cold-pressed almond oil typically has a shorter shelf life, typically around 6 months to 1 year when stored properly. This type of almond oil retains more of its natural nutrients and aroma but is more prone to spoilage because it contains more impurities and may not have been treated to remove potential contaminants.
Refined almond oil, on the other hand, has a longer shelf life, usually ranging from 1 to 2 years or even longer, provided it’s stored correctly. Refined almond oil undergoes a process to remove impurities and is often more stable due to this processing.
Note that refined almond oil is better for cooking and will be the type of almond oil I’ll focus on for the rest of the article.
How long does almond oil last after opening?
Once you’ve cracked open that bottle of almond oil, its shelf life shortens, but you still have plenty of time to enjoy its benefits. In the pantry, you can expect it to stay good for about 6 to 12 months.
If you live in a particularly hot or humid climate, I recommend keeping almond oil in the fridge. It may become cloudy or solidify due to the lower temperatures. This is normal and does not harm the oil. When you take it out of the fridge, it will return to its liquid state at room temperature.
Always check the manufacturer’s label or recommendations for specific storage and shelf-life information, as it may vary slightly between brands.
|Room temp (counter/pantry)||Fridge|
|Sealed almond oil||1-2 years||1-2 years|
|Open almond oil||6-12 months||6-12 months|
Can you use almond oil after its expiration date?
Technically, you can use almond oil if it’s just past its expiration date and it still looks okay. Expiration dates or best-before dates on most oils are more about quality and freshness rather than safety.
Just know that over time, the quality of almond oil may degrade. It might also become rancid, develop an off-putting odor, or taste bad. So, it’s really up to your best judgement. However, I always recommend using products within their expiration date for the best results.
How to tell if almond oil has gone bad
To ensure you’re using fresh almond oil, here are some indicators to look out for:
- It smells rancid or off. Fresh almond oil has a mildly sweet, nutty aroma.
- You detect a bitter or unpleasant taste.
- It appears clumpy, grainy, or thick. Almond oil should have a smooth and liquid consistency.
- It has turned dark or cloudy. Almond oil is typically a pale yellow color.
- Any visible signs of mold or foreign particles in your almond oil are a clear indication that it’s spoiled.
- Damaged or leaking bottles can compromise the quality of the oil.
Remember, your senses are your best tools for determining if almond oil is still good!
What’s the danger in using almond oil after it’s gone bad?
Using almond oil after its gone bad can be risky and may not be safe for various reasons.
Over time, the quality and flavor of almond oil can deteriorate. Expired almond oil may develop an unpleasant taste or odor.
As almond oil ages, it may also lose some of its nutritional value, such as vitamins and antioxidants. So using expired almond oil in cooking or skincare may not provide the same benefits as fresh oil.
Almond oil can also become rancid when it’s past its expiration date. Rancid oils can be harmful to consume as they may contain harmful compounds that can lead to health risks, such as gastrointestinal discomfort or inflammatory diseases over time.
Best storage practices for almond oil
Storing almond oil properly can make a significant difference in its shelf life and quality.
To maximize the shelf life of your almond oil, follow these storage tips:
- Store unopened almond oil in a cool, dark pantry away from direct sunlight and heat sources. For opened bottles, consider transferring them to the fridge.
- Opt for almond oil packaged in dark glass bottles to protect it from light exposure, which can lead to spoilage.
- Ensure that the cap or lid is tightly sealed after each use to prevent air and moisture from entering the bottle.
- Keep an eye on the temperature of your pantry or fridge to make sure it stays within the recommended range.
You can determine if almond oil is expired by checking for changes in its smell, taste, texture, color, the presence of mold or particles, or any damage to the packaging. If it shows any of these signs, it’s best not to use it.
Expired almond oil typically smells rancid, off, or unpleasant. It may have a sour or bitter odor that is noticeably different from its usual mild, nutty aroma.
Yes, nut oils can go bad over time, especially if they are not stored properly, and they may become rancid, leading to an unpleasant taste and odor.
Almond oil should have a mild, slightly sweet, and nutty aroma, reminiscent of fresh almonds.