Using Expired Yogurt?

How long after it reaches the expiration date can I still use yogurt?

By Elizab from Fort Myers, FL


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January 3, 20121 found this helpful
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That date is the sell by date, not end of life. As long as it smells OK and isn't moldy, I would use it.

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January 4, 20120 found this helpful

If you turn containers of certain dairy products upside down, they will last for months! This works best for cottage cheese or sour cream, but it works for yogurt as well, though the usable life seems somewhat shorter. I've used them up to 2 months after the container date (and that was just out of fear of keeping them longer).

The larger containers seem to last for longer. I've never gotten sick from eating any of those products, but the ones with added sugar or fruit don't last nearly as long as plain yogurt or even the kind that is just sugar free flavor and not fruit. I'm beginning to think that cottage will last indefinitely like that~ LOL

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July 24, 20180 found this helpful

If you turned it upside down in the fridge, would that make mold form on the "top" and then when you took it out of the fridge to eat that would be on the bottom of the container?

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January 9, 20120 found this helpful

Go to; you'll find the answer there. I seldom ever throw out anything before going there.

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January 20, 20120 found this helpful

With dairy, I wouldn't even try that.

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January 19, 20151 found this helpful

I dilute expired yoghurt to use in baking. Milk or water will do. This replaces buttermilk. Also there is a form of cheese using drained yoghurt which I keep meaning to try. I'd drain the yoghurt using cheesecloth or a clean ironed fine teatowel - it becomes very firm. Then to that I'd add garlic, herbs, cream, whatever. In fact I'll try it today. The tip for storing dairy upside down works very well.

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November 10, 2012

I was given several containers of non-fat, 1% skim milk, plain yogurt on November 8th that had expiration date of November 5th. I took them home, opened up one, and well, it did not look like any yogurt I had previously purchased. I tasted it, and it was very tart. Thing is, I have never purchased non-fat before, so i do not know what it is suppose to taste like. Does the tart taste mean it is not good?

By Zenia R.


November 12, 20120 found this helpful

Plain yogurt is more tart tasting than regular yogurt. It is "real' yogurt, most of the stuff with fruit added is little more than a dessert. Plain yogurt is an acquired taste, really. I doubt the taste had anything to do with the expired part.


I don't recommend it but a couple of months ago I had a tub of yogurt that expired a year ago and it was never opened, I opened it and ate it up in a hurry. I am still alive to tell about it. Yogurt is a fermented food to start with, so expirations are not as vital as they would be with other foods.

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November 13, 20120 found this helpful

Personally, I think that spoiled yougart has either a really noticeable off-taste or has developed a mold. We have eaten fruit that was over due by 5 or 6 months.

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