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Using Expired Cottage Cheese

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A few times, after finding the cottage cheese container buried in the back of the fridge, well past its expiration date, I've tossed it out. Recently, I got ready to toss out another container, but had a 2nd thought. I opened the container and it was soured. I poured the cottage cheese in a colander and ran cool water over it, till it was thoroughly rinsed.


I let it drain until hardly any more water was dripping out of it. I tasted it, and it tasted fine, not soured like it had been earlier. I was able to use it in my recipe and the food dish was fine, tasted great. So all this time, I've been wasting money by tossing it out. I won't be doing that anymore.

By Terri from NV

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December 1, 20050 found this helpful

thank you for the great tip I have tryed it and was very thankful for not having to throw out the cottage cheese because I am always forgeting to use it so thank you again Jay

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December 1, 20050 found this helpful

After having food poisoning from dairy I wouldn't eat ANYTHING that smells sour. I was sick for five days from cheddar cheese.


My head ache was like migraine. Not a chance I would take again. Not for three dollars! I would of paid $100's not to feel that way!

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April 30, 20180 found this helpful

I agree! Back in the day, I had an opened container of sour cream that sat too long in fridge way past the date. I thought, hey, I will make cookies with it and kill the germs. The only thing it almost killed was me and my friend. We were so sick. I am very good now about not keeping old food. That is why potlucks scare me people don't practice good food saftey.

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By mrc (Guest Post)
December 2, 20050 found this helpful

Outdated "soured" cottage cheese can also be put in the blender and used in place of sour cream in recipes or on baked potatoes.

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December 2, 20050 found this helpful

What an ingenious way to use up something that would have been thrown away! I have used cottage cheese up to a month past its due date without it souring just by turning the carton up-side down when I brought it home from the grocery store.

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By Holly (Guest Post)
December 2, 20050 found this helpful

I think you are pushing your luck.
It's one thing to check and taste to see if the product is 'off' and to use if the expiration is past the date as long as it tastes and smells ok, but to resurrect this from the 'beyond point' is asking for trouble. Maybe you have a tough stomach, but you could make someone with a young or compromised immune system very ill.

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By Susan Larkin (Guest Post)
April 21, 20080 found this helpful

I have a date that is 20 days old and it doesn't smell sour or taste sour. I think I'll give it a try. Maybe cooking it in lasagna will kill germs?

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