Jess here from Healthy Being Cafe & Juicery. We’ve in business since 2012 but just finding out about this forum! We produce our almond milk in house for smoothies/hot tonics as well as our line of bottled blended with spices/superfoods milks. The past two years (never saw this issue the first 3 years) we’ve been experiencing our nutmilks randomly spoiling on after the first day of production. Mostly we fresh date them at 4 days from production. These nutmilks will go bad on day 2 sometimes. Sometimes they get goopy and a strange consistency, sometimes they smell a little funky and sometimes they become slightly fizzy but look and smell fine. I’ve eliminated every variable I can think of and still randomly seeing 30 or so per month out of about 700 sold being returned by customers or we are catching prior to sell. Obviously this is a huge problem and I’ve been pulling my hair out. Has anyone else experienced this issue with almond milks?
Here are a few of the variables I’ve considered and controlled for…
- our milks are either unsweetened or we use date syrup (investigated shelf stability and proper storage of syrup with vendor)
- freshness of almonds (we received a few batches of almonds with mold from our vendor that wasn’t caught right away. I initially thought this solved our problem, but then even with inspected fresh batch without mold we found bad milks again this week)
- temperature control - excellent cold refrigeration right after bottled and maintained
- superfoods/spices/powders added (we’ve seen the problem across all flavors and blends so no trends here)
- we blend our milks in vitamixes and then press in our juice press, with a clean fresh bag.
- we always use fresh cold filtered water to make the milks
- we only soak the almonds for 8-10 hours in the refrigerator and we rinse them well prior to using
- we bottle in glass for bulk and for retail sales
Any ideas out there?