In this article, we will answer the question “How long is yogurt good for?”, and how to tell If the yogurt is bad?
How long is yogurt good for?
After opening, it is recommended to consume the yogurt within 3-5 days for peak quality especially If the yogurt does not have preservatives. The following table shows an estimated shelf-life of yogurt under different storage conditions.
|In the fridge||In the freezer|
|Past printed date||Past printed date|
|Frozen yogurt (unopened)||—-||2-3 months|
|Drinkable yogurt (unopened)||7-10 days||1-2 months|
|Greek yogurt (unopened)||1-2 weeks||1-2 months|
|Reduced-fat yogurt (unopened)||1-2 weeks||1-2 months|
|Yogurt with fruit (unopened)||7-10 days 1 week||1-2 months|
|All types of opened yogurt||1 month|
Dairy products including yogurt will spoil much earlier than their Best-by If they were mishandled during transport or storage. Therefore, read the sell-by and the best-by date before buying yogurt.
Like other refrigerated items, keep the yogurt at the end of the grocery list. Buy it at the last and refrigerate it immediately once you get home.
How to store yogurt?
Yogurt should be refrigerated at all times irrespective of its type. Do not place it in the door of the fridge. Because the temperature fluctuations will make it go bad quickly. After opening, the yogurt container must be tightly sealed to prevent spoilae. Use aluminum foil to cover the package and secure it with a rubber band.
Use clean spoons to scoop out the yogurt. Do not put the leftover yogurt portion back into the rest of the yogurt. Before buying, check the Best-by date on the label. Keep it away from foods that have a pungent smell because the yogurt will pick up odors easily.
Can you freeze yogurt?
Yogurt can be frozen but the quality won’t be the same. Just like buttermilk, the solids in yogurt will separate out leaving the liquid behind. If the yogurt is to be used in baking and cooking, the altered texture won’t be a problem. Yogurt with a thick consistency like greek-yogurt freezes well than its plain counterparts.
How to tell if the yogurt is bad?
- If you notice any discoloration or mold growth near the lid and on the surface of the yogurt, discard it immediately.
- If the yogurt gives off a sour smell, throw it away. If the yogurt looks apparently fine but tastes too sour, it has started to spoil.
- If the smooth texture of the yogurt is lost as it becomes clumpy and the water that separates floats on the top, it is spoiled. However, some of the whey in the form of liquid also sits on top, it is totally natural and the yogurt can be consumed after stirring it in.
How to make yogurt at home?
- 42 ounces organic milk, (whole, 2% or skim milk)
- 1 packet yogurt starter
- Pour milk into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the milk in the microwave until the thermometer reads 180℉. This should take about 10 minutes.
- Remove the milk from the microwave and allow it to cool down to 112-115℉. Use an ice bath to hasten the process.
- Transfer one cup of milk to the glass. Then open and stir the yogurt starter pack into it. Put this milk back into the bowl.
- Fill the glass jar of the yogurt maker. The timer should be set to 7-9 hours. The longer the yogurt is kept inside, the firmer the yogurt will be and the tangier the taste.
- After the incubation period is over, add your favorite toppings like granola and fruits. Then transfer the yogurt to the fridge.
Types of yogurt
Other than the ones mentioned below, yogurt also comes in the form of Coconut yogurt, Soy yogurt, Goat milk yogurt, Sheep’s milk yogurt, Australian yogurt, Almond yogurt, etc.
Traditional unstrained yogurt
As the name indicates, this type of yogurt is unstrained and has s thinner consistency as compared to greek and Australian yogurt.
In comparison to its traditional unstrained counterpart, Greek yogurt has more protein and fewer sugar and carbs. Do not buy any greek yogurt whose label says it has added whey concentrate and modified corn starch.
Skyr or Iceland yogurt
Skyr is a cultured yogurt that originated in Iceland. It has more protein than any other yogurt.
Drinkable yogurt and kefir
Drinkable yogurt comes in a wide range of consistency and flavors.it is the best type of yogurt to consume when you are on the go. Kefir provides enormous benefits for your gut-health.
In this article, we answered the question “How long is yogurt good for?”, and how to tell If the yogurt is bad?