SAFE TO EAT? WHEN YOGURT IS PAST ITS PRIME…. 05.09.11

SAFE TO EAT?  WHEN YOGURT IS PAST ITS PRIME….

I love yogurt and so does my 4 year old, so we always have lots of it in the fridge. But as it can happen with a busy family, sometimes the refrigerator is so chock a block full, it’s impossible to see what’s inside, and yogurt gets ‘lost.’ I HATE to throw away food, but I don’t want to make my family sick, either – so what to do if the yogurt is expired?

Here’s a short and sweet answer from Dr. Marion Nestle on whether it is safe to eat yogurt after its expiration date: “This question is easy: smell and taste it. If it’s bad, don’t eat it.”

Two days ago, I ate a Wallaby organic vanilla yogurt that had expired on April 19 (over 2 weeks ago). It was yummy, and I feel fine. In general, most yogurts will last 2 to 3 weeks past the expiration date.

DON’T eat the yogurt if it smells or tastes bad, is blue/green, or shows any signs of discoloration or spoilage. Click here to read more.

Enjoy!
Sarah

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Comments (86)

angela
12.09.11

I went shopping yesterday an d I brought a yogurt.
It kroger yogurt. I decided to eat it tonight half way through eating it i saw the expiration date was “sell by: Jan 09 I freaked out because I ate the same one earlyier what will happen??

angela
12.09.11

I purchased 10 kroger yogurt from a store when i ate two of them, on the second on i relized the sell by date said Jan 09 that 3 years expired, what will happen

liza
01.13.12

so how long does expired yogurt alst 3 vweeks is considire 21 days can it last that long

Jenn
03.15.12

Ummm yes Angela the expiry date was Jan 9th a month after you wrote that post, so it was well within the sell by date. And Liza, did you read the article?? Two to three weeks past the sell by date should be safe, but smell and taste just to make sure

Robert Orlando
04.28.12

Does anyone know how to spell or punctuate?

Doreen
06.04.12

Agree with Robert!!! I couldn’t understand anything they were talking about because their spelling is horrible!! Lazy Americans!!! Their laziness shows in every aspect of American life now, from their house cleaning to even their spelling!!!

Awhite562
06.07.12

WERE ALL GUNNA DIE!!!!!! I ATE ONE FROM ’03 I JUST BOUGHT FROM THE STORE, WERE GUNNA DIE!!!!!

lynn
07.14.12

Doreen – wtf? You assume the poster was an American and then you stereotype all of them?!? Ha! That really says a lot about your intelligence and your character. Way to go. <– That's sarcasm, by the way.

Josh
08.22.12

Well I just ate two cups of month old yogurt and I am fi…LOL bit of humor there. Really, if it smells bad there’s probably no need to taste it to verify if it’s putrid. A sell by date doesn’t mean a product magically spoils the day after. Think of it as a maximum freshness date not a spoil by date.

Julie
09.17.12

Wow. Let’s cut people some slack. These people are looking for guidance, not judgment (and probably didn’t realize there were spelling nazis patrolling this site). Blanket insults lack imagination and betray a general inability to communicate rationally. Look in the mirror and remove that plank from your own eye first…judging people is far worse than not spelling correctly!

Bram
09.28.12

Doreen, hop on your broom and scat before a house falls on you.

Lynn2
11.08.12

I’m not judging, I’m just saying… I agree with Robert. It’s hard to communicate when you can’t understand the language.

Mark
11.14.12

I just ate some that got over looked somehow with the others that was 8months old!! Found another one that was 3wks. Anyhow it tasted ok, OMG I hope I don’t get sick or something…

Andre
12.11.12

To the idiots complaining about spelling errors…GET A LIFE! (Or…Git a Lyfe!)

Jorge with a J
12.16.12

I ate a month out of date yougart that tasted bad though it was cause I just took a zicam melt , I couldn’t smell it nose was stopped up . After I ate it i saw it was outof
date I suddenly got sick to my stomach took a Zantac went to bed , this morning on the thrown getting rid of yogurt . I more than likly will ck date next time if I live through the day haha

Agonizing Expired-Yogurt-Induced Death
01.01.13

I just put a yogurt dated May 01 12 into my breakfast shake. It smelled and tasted OK, but I just realized that’s a long time ago. I will post updates of my agonizing yogurt-induced illness and ultimate death as the events unfold…. It was peach, by the way.

KD
01.09.13

It’s nice to know that aside from Doreen, the posters here have a sense of humor!! Here’s hoping that Jorge feels better (and has learned – don’t eat stuff that smells bad, except for stinky cheese…).

Snowybreeze
01.14.13

Just ate some good stinky cheese and a good brand of yogurt dated Over a month old, still alive to tell it! And the yogurt was fine.

CATHERINE
03.06.13

Past week at remaining 6 Greek yogurts ALL with an expiration date of August 24, 2012. Today is March 6, 2013. Taste, texture, and smell were all good – the same things I check with any food.

Philip
03.17.13

Just because they don’t know how to spell you automatically assume they are American? Fuck you, I’m sure there’s ignorant Britons(or any other english speaking country)as much as in America. I know how to spell and I’m not fat.

Sincerely,

An American

karen
04.04.13

im an aussie living in the usa and robert and doreen this is not about grammar, spelling or anthing to do with that it is about use by dates. get a life and go on a spelling site in future. there r people in all countries who cant spell. its really annoying how everything gets blamed on americans. shut the F**k up.

Tina
04.10.13

I just ate a Fage Greek yogurt that expired in June of 2012. Was impressed when I opened, no smell, and taste great!

Erik "the menace" Maldonado
04.24.13

Well I guess it’s time to throw away all the blueberry yogurt. I noticed a slight blue discoloration in the cups. How peculiar.

Mommy of 4
04.30.13

This has been very amusing….where am I?

darcy
05.28.13

By the way, Doreeeen, since you are the expert, since when would eleven exclamation points in one paragraph be grammatically correct?!!!

Zech
06.09.13

Haha! Good come back Darcy!

Spelling and grammar police
06.12.13

To Darcy: it’s correct to have eleven exclamation points in one paragraph if you have eleven exclamatory statements which require said punctuation.

To Doreen: you do need to get a life. We all know there were words misspelled. Unless you are the editor of this page and its contents, who are you to openly criticize others statements? And cut the American bashing. Yes, many Americans (generally those of an age to text on their phones, that goes for the same group in other countries as well) are lazy when it comes to grammar and spelling. But answer me this, did you understand the statements that were made? I have a master’s degree, majoring in English, and had no problem understanding the misspelt, incorrect grammar in the statements you referenced. While I would have preferred correct spelling (and punctuation for that matter), it got Angela’s point across. Go hurl your insults somewhere else Doreen.

To all, the same basic principle applies to all food that my mother taught me years ago, “when in doubt, throw it out. If you already ate it, just wait and see.” If it looks and smells good, you are fine.

Shauna
06.16.13

After reading generally intense bits if this and that birthed from the question of the longevity of yogurt, I just thought I’d add…for the fun of it…plain yogurt, youthful, dead or loooong expired, makes a great hair treatment. :) just slather it on and leave it in for as long as you want, wash it out…your hair will love you for it. American bad-spelling or ethnic, grammatically correct hair.

Leesh
07.12.13

Lol so I was really hungry and just wanted to find out if it were safe to eat my one month past exp. date chobani. Oh my goodness never expected all the mean mud slinging. The human condition is very interesting. How bored are we folks? I’m not one to talk.. I read them all, lol. Please don’t judge my grammer I’m sure something was incorrect. Btw, totally ate the chobani (blood orange) and it was amazing. Lol, that was 10 min ago so I still may die.. Keep posting folks, you’re hilarious!!! But seriously, lets try to be kind. You never know what someone is going through. Was this about yogurt?? Ha

Whitney
07.17.13

Sour cream is technically already “soured.” Does the same apply to yogurt? I live by the smell and look rule. Milk especially. Just because it says it is good until a certain date doesn’t mean it will make it that long.

Don
08.08.13

Glad to find the forum answers between the spelling errors and corrections. Now to check my yogurt. It’s expensive and I cannot understand why one day I buy a dozen little cups, eat one or two and then ignore the rest that are in plain sight. Maybe because I equate it with medicine or am afraid it will do too good a job. The ads kind of back up my suspicions.

liliputh
08.10.13

http://www.nutrition-health-articles.org/yogurt-expiration-date.php

this article is so wrong in SO many ways, i encourage you to read a reliable source and not this gibberish

Lear your facts!

David
08.22.13

this thread is unbelievable. makes me think twice about judging. Doreen, how did you know my house is a mess? Liliputh, I want to lear.

Jane
08.22.13

Um, don’t any of you people know how to READ THE EXPIRATION DATE before buying it? Start reading labels, people.
And what kinds of stores are these that are selling perishable food a year or more past their freshness date? I find that alarming. I never see that in the stores I shop in…Maybe a few weeks past the date, but then I tell the manager that they are selling expired food, and they pull it from the shelves.
This isn’t really a joking matter – people give yogurt to young children, elderly people, and immune suppressed people, and if it makes them ill, they could end up in the hospital.

Yuna
09.05.13

Wow! I’m Japanese and absolutely amazed by how rude people from the United Kingdom are. Always stereotyping and making false accusations! Is this really how you British want the rest of the world to view you? As rude, ugly, hateful people? Maybe you should worry about yourselves! I HATE people like you with a passion. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2122007/Illiterate-Britain-One-adults-struggling-read-write-t-use-chequebook.html

Dusty
09.08.13

I ate some expired yogurt and died.I am now in Heaven where nothing has an expiration date. Heavenly!!

annie
09.10.13

Cleaning out the fridge have found yoghurt expire date june 13 Opps nearly 3mths but looks, smells and tastes fine :)

june
09.16.13

I read all the comments (and hope I will spell and punctuate correctly here although my house is a mess–let me see, what was the connection again?) and can’t believe that NO ONE (sorry for yelling) missed the original question. The first poster DID NOT eat out of date yogurt. The expiration date was for the following month. It said Jan 09 (month and day, not month and year) because I’m sure the maker assumed people buying small individual yogurts won’t be storing them long term! So while this has been an amusing and even informative post, I think we can all feel better about Kroger that it doesn’t sell 3 year old yogurt.

Yogh-meister
09.29.13

Our best guess is that it was produced around 9 minutes past some hour or other e.g 01 05 11 10 09, and probably not 2009. The yogurt would probably not even resemble yoghurt in fact I would be surprised if the container would still look remotely normal having either swollen like a balloon, collapsed in on itself or split and crawled away to establish a new sentient culture (badam kerching!)

Good luck and don’t worry we all make little mistakes best not to panic. More people are killed in accidents while losing control of their car while dealing with a spider than all other spider related deaths. Keep calm and carry on.

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10.05.13

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Spencer Montgomery
10.27.13

My boyfriend brought home some yoghurt that was 5 weeks past the date, and it smelled fine. We both ate it without incident.

dale
11.24.13

Hey. Anyone ever think that it may be typing errors verses errors in spelling or grammer? tthe keyboards get any smaller I will hav

Cow
12.05.13

I noticed that none of the people who ate expired yogurt actually came back to inform us that they did not die. I think they died.

Denise
12.09.13

I ate some expired yogurt. I feel fine. If you eat bad yogurt what happens? Do you develop obvious symptoms such as not being able to decipher phone texts, extreme hatred of misspelled words and lack of punctuation and the overwhelming urge to hurl random insults at an entire country? Mad Yogurt Disease?

Nate
01.01.14

Just ate some Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt that expired a month ago. Let’s see how this turns out! It smelled and tasted fine.

Aria
01.01.14

Doreen, I would just like to thank you for your insightful input on how lazy we Americans are. I am sure you are right and would like to thank you for showing me how wrong I have been my whole life. Promptly after reading your comment I studied very intently (which is hard in America because everyone is so lazy) and now I believe I have achieved eloquence. Again, I would just like to thank you for pointing out a flaw in someone, maybe next time you should compliment them instead of criticizing them, its not very nice and you wouldn’t want to be the one person who starts a stereotype for a whole group of people.

Will
01.05.14

Some things do get better with age-cheese for example. Which is a dairy product as I am sure is well enough known (I hope).

(This site needs comment like buttons..or something. Some of these are hilarious responses!)

And this spelling/grammar debate is old… Some people may not be able to spell correctly for reasons other than just wanting to piss off the crazed grammar/spell bots.

Or perhaps they are foreigners learning a language? Or some other reason.

Will
01.05.14

Never assume… because you know what it makes you!?

TestTaster (the artist previously known as TasteTester)
01.11.14

Eating out-dated ideas will make you bitter and display poor judgement in the form of text critique, nationality bigotry, and inability to see flaws when looking in a mirror.

Iron Stomach, Empty Wallet
01.14.14

Hello All. Thank God for these postings. I ate most of a Dannon Greek Yogurt Cup from October 2013 last night. I am still here to tell the tale. I did take a natural enzyme chewable. But I am still here.

Iron Stomach, Empty Wallet
01.14.14

Also, to Doreen, if she ever returns. Americans are overworked, not necessarily lazy. Many Americans can’t explain an opera or speak another language but it doesn’t mean we don’t work hard. We work more hours than most nations (excepting South Korea, Japan) and we don’t take many vacations. There have been studies that “say so”….This is an INFORMAL place to share views. You don’t need to give it the weight you would give an essay on a Greek tragedy or a dissertation. I hope you aren’t IN AMERICA if you hate us so much. It’s terrible that so many people enjoy our freedoms and the right to make money amongst us “lazy” people, but can’t muster even a bit of empathy for us. If we were any less kind, you wouldn’t be here. We would have closed immigration.

Rebecca Addington
02.05.14

Wow. I was browsing, just wanted to know if my one-month-past-date light and fit Dannon Greek yogurt would be okay to eat and here I am in the middle of a sh$t storm! I will say I think Doreen is taking the ugly American thing a little too far – really? All of us are lazy and have unfit homes? It’s the whole texting thing I think that has made people lazy in their grammar and spelling – speaking “bingo” as one woman elsewhere put it (i.e. B4 ). But I do run on and by the way, I consumed the month old container and STILL have the strength to comment….so, yes, Virginia! you CAN eat out of date yogurt with no harm. And I am not shouting, simply putting emphasis on certain words….thanks for listening and sharing everyone. Really entertaining.

Stomach of Steel
02.07.14

I just ate a yogurt which expired in November 2013. I think I might actually have obtained super powers.

Brent
02.08.14

I ate some that expired over a year ago..tasted good..no effects..sniffed it first..all good.

Toni Harbage
02.23.14

It truly is amazing we read comments to critize and find fault. Discussing the topic is the item not generalizing ethnicity nor where we were born or chose to be. The topic is the expiration date and expiration date of said yogurt. After all, that is why I was reading the post. And our cell phones are not always gracious with our spelling. Now I am going to take the yogurt out of the garage refrigerator and add it to my vegetable broth soup I just made from scratch. Thank you everyone for your help.

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zohaib
04.03.14

which chemical is use for yogurt to maintain taste in refrigerator fo a month in plastic packing

Death in a plastic tub
04.12.14

I keep putting off eating some Greek yogurt I’ve had for a month past it’s use by. Not a big fan of the stuff. This site has inspired me to leave it another couple of months! On the subject of grammar and racism, I love the way peole assumed Doreen and Robert were British. I’m British, a little overweight and very lazy, and grammatical errors are a forgivable sin in my country, you only need to read Facebook to see that. I love Americans. It just makes me chuckle when some people complain about someone’s racist assumptions by making their own. We don’t all twizzle pointy moustaches while stroking cats and laughing maniacally in our underground lairs over here you know. I have a dog.

Death in a plastic tub
04.12.14

Sorry that should’ve been people not peole. See grammar. Sigh.

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Joe
05.10.14

I have eaten yogurt that expired over a year ago and I was fine. It tasted good. In some countries, they store yogurt on the shelf instead of in the fridge because they like that extra kick it gets. Yogurt is sort of like cheese. But don’t eat it if it’s green and fuzzy or smells bad.

Nikki Ty
06.11.14

Thanks Joe …. and all you encouraging people who like me sometimes find a yogurt which has wandered away to the back fo the fridge. Two weeks seems safe. I just compared two cups … with edible dates a good two months apart. Both tasted exactly the same . .. the usual nasty sour taste of yogurt. Which I eat only to balance stomach flora .. and my excess consumption of chocolate.
I find it odd to see so much bavarcation about spelling and grammar on a forum about yogurt longevity. And yes …. I spelled “bavarcation” correctly. I know … because I coined the word myself on a dare … and now it’s all over the internet. Too funny.

Now continue with the bavarcations …

Woody
06.17.14

I’m here to join the old yogurt eaters of America club. Just consumed a plain Greek yogurt that “expired” 34 days ago. Best yogurt I ever had. Now where’s my T-shirt?

American Yogurt Eating Chick
07.17.14

I love that this post started as expired yogurt and slowly turned into a rant about spelling and grammar. I was trying to figure out if I’d get sick after eating 5 month old yogurt, but the comments were much more entertaining. #proudtobeanamerican

Amy Starowesky
09.21.14

You want to answer or ask a question, be clear. Spell correctly! Ya all sound like a bunch if middle school drop outs. You give the right information but can’t put it into correct wording, it could cause illness or death. Typing could be the problem. Not spelling. Hats off to you, Doreen. Thus we should use core values in every state. Geesh !!!!!!!!!!!

kMa
10.07.14

I just opened a cottage cheese that was never opened before and has expiration date of 5/14 and it was all off white colored liquid and chunky. Funky smell too. Surprised as it is not THAT far off from being expired. Having said that I found in the back of the fridge also an unopened Kirkland brand (from Costco) Greek yogurt with a 6/13 expiration date and I openbed the foil seal and everything looked normal and smelled normal. Maybe a little more liquid than you’d normally see, but I mixed it around and attempted to taste it. Low and behold it tastes normal. What do I win for eating yogurt OVER a year old. 1 year and 4 months PAST expiration. I wonder if anyone has hit the 2 year past expiration date before with Greek yogurt? Also is there special properties of Greek yogurt that make it last longer? The oldest yogurts still edible I have read on here just so happen to be of the Greek variety?

Isabella
10.26.14

I just ate a yogurt that was only about a week over the Best Buy date. It wasn’t moldy, nor did it smell or taste bad. But it was a little liquid-y. I know it’s safe, but I wanted to know yogurts general shelf-life. This is really good to know!

E Galavic
10.27.14

Jus ate a 2 MONTH OLD ACTIVIA… date on top of yogurt was 9/27/2014 — strawberry flavored — purchased at costco — Today is 10/26/2014…. It tasted DELICIOUS and had not mold or discoloration.
My theory is that the sugar and live bacteria cultures kept mold from growing or from spoiling the yogurt… ill keep you updated!!!

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