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Aug 13, 2006 10:21 PM

Buttermilk sell-by date's 7/26; today's 8/13. Use it tomorrow?

In a buttermilk pie?

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  1. I think it should be all right. Shake it up well, because it may have separated.

    1. I don't use buttermilk very often, so I don't know.

      But, I use cream/light/heavy way beyond it's experation date.

      I find that the dates, are for observation. If my cream begins to taste or smell like it's not fresh, then I toss it.

      I usually have used it about a week longer than the experation date.

      1. I made delicious buttermilk pancakes this AM with product whose "Sell By" date was Jul 21. No ill effects (so far) and am rolling out pizza dough for tonight's grilled pizza feast. At least, if I keel over, it will be with another great meal in my tummy.

        1. Seriously - I've had buttermilk survive, seemingly unchanged, for a couple of MONTHS beyond the expiry date. Smell it. You'll definitely know if it's gone off. If it still has that sweet buttermilk-ish aroma, it is perfectly fine. I always shake buttermilk before using anyway.

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          1. re: Nyleve

            yeah, I've had the same... why is that? It's kind of crazy. I've had some go bad rather quickly, (well, normal) but some that's lasted ages. Must have something to do with the cultures in there...

            1. re: adamclyde

              Can't explain it. Definitely lasts longer than yogurt, even.

            2. re: Nyleve

              Yep, it lasts a long, long time. Just shake it and smell it before using -- it should be fine. (The other obvious clue that it's bad is if it's moldy.)

            3. I actually DRINK lots of buttermilk and have had buttermilk weeks beyond the sell date with never a problem.