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My yogurt expired a while ago

Jpan99 Aug 14, 2013 07:30 AM

Muller Greek yogurt with a corner of nuts. The best by date is May 13. It looks good, smells good, tastes good. I just ate it. Delicious. Should I have any concerns?

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  1. pinehurst Aug 14, 2013 07:30 AM

    Nah, I wouldn't be concerned.

    1. tcamp Aug 14, 2013 07:39 AM

      If it was bad, you'd have noticed.

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        Bkeats Aug 14, 2013 07:43 AM

        I have 2 containers of fage yogurt in my fridge that have an expiration in 2009. I'm keeping them to see what eventually will happen if anything. Maybe I should open one and test it. Since yogurt is milk that's already gone bad, what is yogurt that's gone bad?

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          Jpan99 Aug 14, 2013 07:56 AM

          Um, I still feel okay. But I wouldn't eat some yogurt 4 years old! I'd open one to see what it looks inside. I bet either green or drying out. I'm sure the moisture finds a way out eventually.

          1. re: Jpan99
            girloftheworld Aug 14, 2013 01:07 PM

            maybe it will turn into expesive cheese

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              greygarious Aug 14, 2013 03:19 PM

              An opened container of heavy cream forgotten in my fridge turned into perfectly-edible cream cheese, much to my surprise.

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                pinehurst Aug 14, 2013 03:49 PM

                I love that scientific happy accident!

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                  girloftheworld Aug 14, 2013 04:25 PM

                  that is amazing!..too bad heels of bread dont turn into bagels

            2. re: Bkeats
              Tripeler Aug 15, 2013 02:06 AM

              Gosh, 2009. That's four years ago. You'd better have a grater ready when you open the containers.

            3. greygarious Aug 14, 2013 03:18 PM

              None. I have eaten (unopened yogurt) over a year past its best by date, and noticed no change in taste or texture.

              1. iL Divo Aug 15, 2013 02:41 AM


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                  treb Aug 15, 2013 04:40 AM

                  The best buy date is a marketing thing, as Andrew Zimern says, "If it smells good ,eat it".

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                    kseiverd Aug 15, 2013 06:32 AM

                    Wondering if that "best by" date applies to AFTER it's opened?? Realize the small containers are snack-sized... one and done... GONE right after opening. Remember finding a container of UNOPENED ricotta... SEVERAL months past the date, and it was perfectly fine.

                    1. Ttrockwood Aug 16, 2013 07:49 PM

                      I spent a night on my bathroom floor a few years back due to a month old yoplait (aka pre greek yogurt craze). Soooooo i eat within a week of the sell by date. But i also shop often and would have noticed a lingering yogurt before two months went by.

                      1. EWSflash Aug 17, 2013 05:38 PM

                        Doesn't yogurt usually mold before it actually spoils?

                        1. ipsedixit Aug 17, 2013 08:21 PM

                          Yogurt is borne expired.

                          1. Jasz Aug 18, 2013 10:39 AM

                            I just opened a single-serving container with a best before of July 9 and it had gone moldy but a second one from the same package was fine.

                            And for what it's worth, I've been told that our food bank will accept yogurt for 90 days past its best before.

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                              wellbaked Aug 18, 2013 11:01 PM

                              Learning a lot of new things on this site ! Always pitched after Exp. date. Will try first. Notice things that have vinegar in them, last well past date. Something that usually say "Best By".

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                                Kalimah Mar 14, 2014 05:04 PM

                                I just opened a 32 oz. container of Price Rite Vanilla yogurt with an expiration date of May 2013. Today is March 14, 2014. I knew that it had been in the refrigerator forever and was ready to toss it. When I opened the lid I did not see any discoloration under the plastic seal. I opened it, smelled it, spooned it to check the texture, and then tasted it. It was fine. I was pleasantly surprised. I did not have any cramps the next day. The next day I had another generous portion after dinner. Tomorrow I intend on purchasing some fruit and making smoothies.

                                1. The Professor Mar 14, 2014 05:29 PM

                                  When I buy yogurt, it goes to the back of my fridge and stays there. I don't even like it until it's at least 2 to 3 months past the so called "expiration date"...and sometimes longer.
                                  In 40 years, it has never made me sick.

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