Should yogurt taste carbonated?
- wino22 Sep 11, 2007 01:54 PM
Help, I am eating some right now and it smells fine, tastes like peach yogurt, but seems carbonated. I also noticed that the lid was popped up, like air was trapped inside... should I throw it out? Or keep eating?
I had this happen with a whole pack of organic yogurts when I was pregnant (therefore more cautious about what I was eating). It was also new packaging for that brand, so I emailed the company for a refund and to ask if it was dangerous. They did give me a refund, and agreed the yogurt shouldn't have been that way, but also assured me it would not have hurt me if I had eaten it.
That's not a simple question to answer.
Some yogurt actually IS carbonated. Indeed, yogurt soda is common in mid-eastern cuisines.
A natural yogurt with live cultures will continue to ferment in the sealed package. The top seal will, indeed, expand. Some yogurts and similar fermented products (kefir; maslanka) have label statements advising of this. Kept long after its best before date, the fermentation gasses may actually force the seal open. You will likely have very strong, sour yogurt. It may not be to your taste, but it probably won't be spoiled.
In short, if the yogurt has live cultures, no mold, and smells/tastes okay, it's likely fine.
If it seems "off" to your nose or palate, I'd toss it.
But if your yogurt is a standard North American brand with dead cultures, and (especially) if it contains stabilizers, I wouldn't eat it.
I know that I am late to this conversation but I have the same problem. I'm eating astro yogurt and I just had a strawberry yogurt that tastes fine, but I also had this peach raspberry yogurt and it tastes carbonated. The lid was also popped up and the yogurt I had before that was just fine. The due date is Jan 28 - almost a month away. Is there anything wrong?
I would toss it and not eat, sounds like its spoiled.
But then again i ate a bad yogurt and was sick to my stomach all night so maybe I'm overly cautious.
Improper handling can make yogurt go bad before the expiration date- who knows how it was transported/packed/ shipped/distributed/sat on a shelf before you even brought it home.
So I've had this experience, as well. As a matter of fact, last year I had a fridge full of yogurt that was that way--lid pushed up under pressure, carbonated taste, well before expiration. At any rate, I'm here to put the fearful minds to peaceful rest. I ate all the carbonated yogurt, and although it was unusual, it was, indeed, harmless. After a handful of them, I actually acquired a taste for it and grew to enjoy it.
Much of what we think of as spoiled is perfectly edible. Don't be afraid.