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#1 of 8 Old 09-06-2007, 09:53 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My DH just fed our toddler some yogurt which had a sell-by date of 8/21. It had been unopened. How worried should I be? Is there anything I can do to help my son not get sick? Or is it probably fine? It smelled okay.

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I think that's just the "sell by" date, not necessarily the "eat by" date. I have eaten expired yogurt many times, because I always forget about it in the frig! I'm sure he'll be fine.
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Don't worry, you would have noticed if it was bad.....yogurt is vile smelling when it turns.
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I say it's good until it grows fuzz.

I've been making yogurt from the same starter for a few months now and it's still good. Heck, it's sour milk already, right?

One time I shoved a quart of plain Dannon to the back of the fridge. I discovered it about three months past the sell-by date, still sealed. I opened it and other than having a little extra whey, it was perfectly good and still tasty! Well, as tasty as plain yogurt can be.
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I eat my yogurt past date, too. I think it's especially OK since it was still sealed - I get a little nervous when an opened container gets old.
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thanks guys, so far, so good!

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I never pay attention to expiration dates. If it smells OK, I eat it!
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I worry less about expiration dates with yogurt than with some other things (like hummus, which seems to go bad really fast, for example). If it's live yogurt, I figure the good bacteria help keep other (bad) things in check. Usually when you leave it past the sell-by date it gets a little tarter-tasting, but that's all -- until it looks or smells bad.

I don't always just go by smell though -- ESPECIALLY with leftovers. If something has been sealed in a store-bought container, and looks and smells fine, it probably is. But the same doesn't apply to stuff cooked at home, served, cooled, transferred to another dish, refrigerated for several days.... I always heat leftovers thoroughly if they're more than a day old.

Sorry, got a bit off-topic!
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