Almond Breeze® can be used in just about any recipes calling for traditional dairy milk. It can be used in baking, soups and sauces, as well as heated up for hot drinks, etc. We do not, however, recommend Almond Breeze for use in instant pudding.
Refrigerated Almond Breeze® is packaged in either gable-top 64 fl oz cartons with a white plastic pour spout fitment, or screw-capped HDPE plastic 96/10 fl oz jug/bottle. All container materials are made from FDA approved virgin materials and an oxygen barrier designed for extended shelf life applications.
Shelf-stable Almond Breeze® cartons are a laminate of three materials: high-quality paperboard, polyethylene, and aluminum. Paperboard provides stiffness and strength to the product. Polyethylene provides a tight seal for the innermost and outermost layer of the carton. Aluminum forms a barrier against oxygen and light which helps preserve product without refrigeration and/or added preservatives. There is no leaching of aluminum or aluminum components through the plastic layer.
Both shelf stable and refrigerated cartons along with milk and juice cartons are recycled through a simple, well-established process called ‘hydrapulping.’ The high-quality fiber is used in the production of paper products such as tissue and paper towels and fine writing paper. In some cases, the plastic / foil residual is being recycled into high-end plastic lumber products.
Nearly 12 million households in 26 states in the US have the ability to recycle shelf stable packages and milk and juice cartons curbside and the numbers keep growing.
Check with your local recycling center to confirm that the container is recycled in your area. Almond Breeze® cartons can be recycled after removing plastic screw caps or plastic spout.
No. Freezing Almond Breeze® causes the product to separate irregularly and greatly reduces the consistency of the product upon thawing.
Refrigerated Almond Breeze® is made using sophisticated equipment in an Ultra Pasteurization process utilizing very high heat for a very short period of time. Ultrapasteurized product, when packed in a specially designed protective carton, results in an extended shelf life.
Unopened REFRIGERATED Almond Breeze® should be stored at a temperature of 35 to 41°F up until the “Use By” date printed on top of the carton. Keep REFRIGERATED Almond Breeze® in the middle of your refrigerator to prevent possible freezing. Avoid refrigerator door storage as it tends to be the warmest part of the refrigerator. REFRIGERATED Almond Breeze is perishable and will spoil if not refrigerated.
Unopened SHELF STABLE Almond Breeze® can be stored in your pantry at room temperature up until the “Best Before” or ""Best if Use By"" date printed on top of the carton. Once opened, SHELF STABLE Almond Breeze® must be refrigerated and used within 14 days or it will spoil.
After opening, REFRIGERATED Almond Breeze® should be used within 14 days and SHELF STABLE Almond Breeze® should be used within 14 days. Because Almond Breeze® does not contain preservatives, it is susceptible to bacteral growth such as mold after being opened for a prolonged period of time at room temperature. Blue Diamond does not recommend extending the Refrigerated “Use By” or Shelf Stable “Best Before”/ "Best if Used By" time frame of Almond Breeze® and Blue Diamond will not guarantee the quality of the product beyond this recommended time frame.
- The carton looks abnormally bloated
- When opened, product appears to be moldy, curdled and/or slimy
- The color has changed
- The product has an off odor or smells like sour milk
- The product texture has changed and is not smooth and creamy
No. Almond Breeze® is not designed for the replacement of breast milk or infant formula.
No. Almond Breeze® cartons are not microwave safe.
No, Almond Breeze® does not contain any egg ingredients.
Both are produced in commercially closed sterilization processes. The shelf-stable products are produced on aseptic production lines – the same as other non-dairy milk alternatives. The refrigerated product is produced in a dairy process, without using any dairy ingredients.
Both processes run at high temperatures – the aseptic, however, remains at a high temperature for a longer duration than the refrigerated product.
The packaging for the shelf-stable product is called tetra-pak and is designed for shelf stability of the unopened product for an extended period of time. The refrigerated product's packaging, on the other hand, is not constructed for shelf stability and must be refrigerated at all times. The same recipes apply for both Shelf-Stable and Refrigerated Almond Breeze® varieties.
Yes. Shelf stable Almond Breeze® is produced via a process called ‘aseptic’. The aseptic process is a closed process and is a form of pasteurization and commercial sterilization which utilizes a very high temperature as required by federal regulations.
Refrigerated Almond Breeze® is produced via ultra-pasteurized HTST (High Temperature, Short Time) process. Ultra high heat eliminates all viable pathogens to ensure product is safe. The Ultrapasteurized product when packed in a specially designed protective packaging results in an extended shelf life (ESL).
No. All Almond Breeze® products are soy-free. They do not contain any soy ingredients or soy derivatives.
Refrigerated Almond Breeze® is certified Kosher OU-D, meaning they are dairy free products made on heated equipment that may also be used for dairy products. Blue Diamond uses stringent equipment cleaning and testing procedures to ensure that products made on dairy equipment are dairy-free. For individuals following orthodox kosher rules, dairy-free products processed on heated equipment also used for dairy may not be eaten together with a meat product. Refrigerated Almond Breeze is safe for individuals with dairy allergies.
All Shelf Stable Almond Breeze® products are certified Kosher OU meaning that all ingredients are kosher certified containing neither meat nor dairy ingredients or derivatives.
Both Refrigerated and Shelf Stable Almond Breeze® are safe for individuals with dairy allergies.
The almonds are grown in orchards by our grower co-operative members in California.
No. Our suppliers have confirmed that they do not use BPA in their packaging materials.
Products are produced in Blue Diamond approved manufacturers across the United States.
Almonds naturally have good fat that provides for a naturally creamy texture. Blue Diamond has developed product formulas that deliver a mild tasting almondmilk with a smooth and creamy texture. Almond Breeze® is made with carefully selected almonds and quality ingredients which when combined and processed in the proper ratios results in truly unique product.
No, the refrigerated Almond Breeze® products are not available directly from Blue Diamond Growers.
Blue Diamond uses “Dutch Process” cocoa in Almond Breeze® Chocolate products. The term “Dutch Process” refers to cocoa beans that have been treated with alkali to neutralize acidity, improve color and enhance flavor.
It is required by law for food manufacturers that use preservatives in their foods to declare them in the ingredient statement. Blue Diamond does not use any preservatives in Almond Breeze® products.
No, the potable water used in Almond Breeze® is not fluorinated.
The fat found in Almond Breeze® comes primarily from the almond oil naturally occurring in almonds with small traceable amounts from vegetable oil found in the vitamin and sunflower lecithin ingredients. Our Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend and Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend varieties also contain fat from the cashews and coconut cream.
Blue Diamond does not add MSG (monosodium glutamate) to our products.
Yes, Almond Breeze® manufacturing facilities also handle coconut and cashew. All products are produced in a stringent allergen control environment to ensure that there is no cross-contamination in finished goods.
No. Almond Breeze® products are wheat and gluten free.
No, Almond Breeze® does not contain peanuts.
Almond Breeze® is produced in a stringent allergen control environment.
No. All Almond Breeze® products are dairy-free. They do not contain lactose or casein.
Almonds are not made using bioengineering.
Indonesia and the Philippines.
MCFA’s stand for Medium Chain Fatty Acids, a type of fat in coconut.
All but two of our Almond Breeze® products are considered vegan and do not contain any animal products, by-products or derivatives. The exceptions are Almond Breeze® Hint of Honey and Almond Breeze® Hint of Honey Vanilla that are not considered vegan because of the honey that is used in the making of these products.
All Almond Breeze® varieties, except the Hint of Honey varieties, are Non-GMO Project Verified.
No. It does not contain dairy.
We use coconut cream to make Almond Breeze® blends. Coconut Cream is the emulsion of water and coconut oil extracted from the coconut meat by physical pressing. The coconut cream is physically pressed from the coconut meat without chemicals.
Blue Diamond Almond Flour has a nutty and pleasant aroma. Signs of spoilage include:
- When opened, product appears to be moldy
- The color has changed from off white to brown or yellow
- The product has an off odor, or a rancid aroma
The almonds are grown in Blue Diamond almond orchards by our 3,000+ grower cooperative members in California. Learn more about our growers here
Yes. Blue Diamond Almond Flour is certified Kosher and approved for Passover.
Blue Diamond Almond Flour is produced in the United States.
Yes. Blue Diamond Almond Flour is made in a peanut free plant.
No. Blue Diamond Almond Flour is wheat and gluten free.
No. Blue Diamond does not add MSG (monosodium glutamate) to our products.
No. Blue Diamond Almond Flour does not contain any soy ingredients or soy derivatives.
No. It is required by law that food manufacturers who use preservatives in their foods to declare them in the ingredient statement. Blue Diamond Almond Flour does not use any preservatives.
No. Blue Diamond Almond Flour do not contain peanuts.
No. Blue Diamond Almond Flour does not contain any egg ingredients.
No. Blue Diamond Almond Flour does not contain any dairy ingredients.
Yes, the 48-oz (3-lb) almond flour bag is available directly from Blue Diamond Growers. You can click here to order.
Blue Diamond Almond Flour is non-GMO project verified.
If you are pregnant or nursing, be sure to talk with your doctor about food or nutrition concerns.
There are about 4 cups of Blue Diamond Almond Flour in one pound.
Blue Diamond Almond Flour is produced in a facility that also processes eggs, dairy, wheat, soy and other tree nuts. Blue Diamond Almond Flour is produced in an allergen-controlled environment to ensure there is no cross contamination.
Blue Diamond Almond Flour will not dissolve in a liquid, so it will be a bit grainy and not smooth to drink. However, almond flour is safe to be consumed as packaged.
The almonds are not de-fatted before grinding. Blue Diamond Almond Flour is made only from ground blanched almonds.
Blue Diamond Almond Flour is manufactured in a facility that also processes other tree nuts in addition to almonds. All products are produced in a stringent allergen control environment to ensure that there is no cross-contamination in finished goods.
For the best quality, we recommend consuming Blue Diamond Almond Flour before the “best if used by” date.
Blue Diamond Almond Flour is packed in a plastic bag which has an inner layer of low-density polyethylene material which protects the product.
After opening, Blue Diamond Almond Flour should be stored in original packaging with zip closure or an airtight container away from direct heat and light. If stored well, it may be used anytime within the best before date which is printed on the bag.
Yes, Almond Flour may be stored in the freezer for up to 18 months. It is recommended to allow the almond flour to come to room temperature prior to use.
Once opened, store the Almond Flour in original packaging with zip closure or in an airtight container. Store Blue Diamond Almond Flour away from direct sunlight and heat.
Blue Diamond Almond Flour has a shelf life of 18 months from packing date. The “best if used by” date is printed on the bag. Store in a cool, dry location free from infestation and odors to ensure product freshness.
Please refer to Blue Diamond Almond Flour Recipes. These recipes have the exact amounts of Almond Flour to be used in place of other flours. However, if you are preparing a dish not included in the recipes above, you may need to experiment.
Usually up to 25% of All-Purpose Flour in your recipe may be replaced with Almond Flour without having to make further changes. For 100% replacement of wheat flour for Blue Diamond Almond Flour, you may need to experiment with the addition of an extra egg or xanthan gum.
Almonds are blanched (passed through boiling water) to remove the skins and then ground into a very fine texture.
You can use equal parts of Blue Diamond Almond Flour for the almond flour called for in your recipe. 1 pound of almond flour equates to 4 cups of almond flour.
It approximately takes ¾ cup of blanched whole almonds to make 1 cup of Blue Diamond Almond Flour.
No, all Blue Diamond® Baking Mixes are dairy-free. They do not contain lactose or casein. The chocolate used in the Chocolate Chip Cookies is a semi-sweet chocolate and does not contain dairy. It is not a milk chocolate.
The cocoa used in both Blue Diamond® Chocolate Cake Mix and Blue Diamond® Brownie Mix do not contain dairy.
Yes, Blue Diamond® Baking Mixes do not contain any gluten-containing ingredients.
All products use only supplier verified free of gluten-containing ingredients and are produced in registered food facilities with extensive food safety and quality programs including GMPs, allergen control, sanitation, and HACCP to ensure that products are not cross contaminated with gluten allergens during production. Each product is tested for gluten-free verification.
No, Blue Diamond® Baking Mixes do not contain any soy-containing ingredients.
Blue Diamond® Baking Mixes are produced in a facility that is peanut free. We do not process, manufacture, store, or handle peanuts or peanut products in the facility.
No, Blue Diamond® Baking Mixes do not contain other tree nuts. Almond is the only tree nut being used in the product.
Yes, all Blue Diamond® Baking Mixes are verified by Non-GMO Project Verified.
Blue Diamond® Baking Mixes do not contain any ingredients derived from animals. However, the products are not vegan certified as the cane sugar is filtered through bone char, a common manufacturing process in the sugar industry.
No, Blue Diamond® Baking Mixes are not Keto friendly as they contain sugar and other carbohydrates restricted in the Keto diet.
Blue Diamond® Baking Mixes contain white sugar, brown sugar and powdered sugar. See individual product ingredient statements. All sugars are derived from sugar cane.
Yes, Blue Diamond® Baking Mixes are certified Kosher.
The interior bag is not recyclable. Please be mindful when discarding the bag and throw it away in an appropriate trash receptacle.
The cardboard carton is recyclable.
No, the bag does not contain BPA.
Please consult with your physician regarding food and nutrition concerns while pregnant or nursing.
The almonds are grown in orchards by our grower co-operative members in California.
No, Blue Diamond® Baking Mixes do not contain MSG (monosodium glutamate).
Store Baking Mixes away from heat and humidity in a cool, dry place.
For best quality, we recommend consuming the products before the listed date.
Yes, you may add Unsweetened Almond Breeze® in place of water in the chocolate cake, yellow and brownie mixes. It is recommended to line baking pans with parchment to allow the product to more easily be removed from the pan.
The products are designed to be baked in a conventional oven. It is not recommended to make the products in the microwave.
Light metal pans can be shiny or matte finish and are silver or grey in color. Dark metal pans are brown, very dark grey or black in color.
Choose 325°F or 350°F based on the type of pan being used. Temperature recommendations vary by product. Each Blue Diamond® Baking Mix has a unique table of estimated bake times based on the type of pan being used and are provided for guidance. Always monitor the product while baking and check to ensure it is completely baked by inserting a toothpick in the middle. When the toothpick comes out clean, your product is done.
Also known as “Dutch Process” cocoa, the cocoa beans have been treated with alkali to neutralize acidity, improve color and enhance flavor.
Blue Diamond® Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix and Blue Diamond® Chocolate Brownie Mix can be made as directed on the package at any elevation.
Blue Diamond® Chocolate Cake and Blue Diamond® Yellow Cake Mixes require the following preparation modifications.
|Chocolate Cake||Yellow Cake|
|PREP||Preheat oven as directed on box. Line baking pan with parchment or coat pan well with oil spray. For cupcakes use paper baking cups.||Preheat oven as directed on box. Line baking pan with parchment or coat pan well with oil spray. For cupcakes use paper baking cups.|
|MIX||Combine 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with dry cake mix. Stir until well combined. Add ½ cup water, 2 eggs, and ¼ cup of vegetable oil. Mix until combined, about 30 seconds. Pour into prepared pan.||Combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with dry cake mix. Stir until well combined. Add ½ cup + 1 tablespoon water, 2 eggs, and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Mix until combined, about 30 seconds. Pour into prepared pan.|
|BAKE||Bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Bake times provided on box can be used as a guide. (Note that extra bake time may be needed)||Bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Bake times provided on box can be used as a guide. (Note that extra bake time may be needed|
Our Nut-Thins® are packaged in air tight containers to preserve freshness. Once the packages are opened the crackers should be consumed within one to two weeks. Protect the crackers against absorption of moisture and odor by keeping the package closed in storage.
The inner bag aluminum is sandwiched between layers of plastic. Nut-Thins® are in contact with FDA approved food grade plastic film.
Yes, some of the ingredients used in the seasonings and flavors are derived from corn.
Yes, the butter flavor is derived from dairy milk.
No, the inner bag is made up of layers of plastic and aluminum foil and is not recyclable.
Spread almonds uniformly in a shallow layer on an ungreased baking pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 325-350°F for 15-30 minutes until the internal nut color is golden in color. Stir occasionally for an even roast. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Almonds will continue to roast slightly and darken while cooling.
Salt and vinegar flavored almonds contain dairy.
Some products use soy, such as in soy sauce, or soy derivatives, such as hydrolyzed soy protein and/or lecithin as food additives for integrity and quality. As soy is a food allergen, any product containing it will indicate "soy" in the ingredient declaration and/or "contains" statement on the label.
Blue Diamond does not add MSG (monosodium glutamate) to our products.
Our Smokehouse® almonds contain an FDA approved natural smoke flavor derived from the burning of hickory wood and is considered vegan.
We currently do not offer organic products.
Products such as Smokehouse contain ingredients other than almonds. These additional ingredients have fewer carbohydrates than the almonds resulting in a product with fewer carbohydrates per serving overall.
The salt is not iodized.
Blue Diamond branded products produced in our facilities are peanut free. We do not process, manufacture, store, or handle peanuts or peanut products in our facilities.
No. Blue Diamond uses California almonds grown by our grower co-operative members without the use of genetic engineering or gene manipulation. The varieties of almonds available were developed using traditional agricultural breeding techniques.
Most of our products do not contain ingredients derived from wheat or other gluten grains. The following Blue Diamond products contain gluten:
- Jordan Almonds
- Wasabi & Soy Sauce Flavored Almonds
Add almonds to a sauce pan containing water. Bring the water to a boil for about one minute. Remove the almonds from the heat and let stand for several minutes. Pour the almonds and hot water through a colander. Rinse the hot almonds with cold water until they are cool and can be safely handled. Remove the skin by pinching the almond between your thumb and forefinger. Dry the blanched almonds in a 250°F oven until crisp.
Our snack almonds are packaged in air tight containers to preserve freshness. Once the packages are opened the almonds should be consumed within one to two weeks. Storing almonds in the refrigerator will extend the shelf life after opening to about four weeks. When storing products in the refrigerator use sealed containers to protect against absorption of moisture and odor.
While some forms of maltodextrin can contain gluten, we utilize maltodextrin made from corn, and it does not contain gluten.