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

Liana Krissoff Aug 13, 2006 10:21 PM

In a buttermilk pie?

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  1. zorra RE: Liana Krissoff Aug 13, 2006 11:00 PM

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

    1. mcel215 RE: Liana Krissoff Aug 13, 2006 11:06 PM

      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.

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        Sherri RE: Liana Krissoff Aug 14, 2006 12:22 AM

        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.

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          Nyleve RE: Liana Krissoff Aug 14, 2006 12:59 AM

          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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            adamclyde RE: Nyleve Aug 14, 2006 01:24 AM

            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...

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              Nyleve RE: adamclyde Aug 14, 2006 02:06 PM

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

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              Millicent RE: Nyleve Aug 14, 2006 11:50 PM

              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.)

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              malibumike RE: Liana Krissoff Aug 14, 2006 07:23 PM

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

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