Yogurt Basics 101: How Long Can Yogurt Sit Out?

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So, How Long?

As you have probably noticed, there are vast differences in the "Best Before" dates on yogurt containers. For example, a container of Dannon Light and Fit Strawberry Yogurt has a "Best Before" date of Apr 11, while a container of Danimals Light & Fit Strawberry Pouch has a "Best Before" date of Apr 22.

As always, the date on the container is referring to the end of the shelf life, not the quality of the food. After the "Best Before" date has expired, the food can still be safe to eat, but it may be spoiled and inedible. However, this date is decided upon by the manufacturer and is mainly based on the vitamin content or flavor of the product.

Manufacturers keep the best before dates shorter than the product quality date because they want to sell a product in the fastest amount of time possible and they do not want to disturb the quality of their product.

So while a product may last longer than the "Best Before" date, it has a chance of spoiling before then. The "Best Before" date is best used as a last-resort guideline. For best results, always read the expiration dates and follow them.

How to Tell If Yogurt Is Spoiled?

Yogurt is one of the simplest, yet one of the most healthy foods you can prepare at home. It’s easy, it’s tasty, it fills you up and it also happens to be cheap.

If you’re looking to start a yogurt diet, then you are off to a mighty good start. But when it comes to storing yogurt, then it can get tricky.

The best way to get the maximum lifespan out of your yogurt is to store it properly after you have made it. In this post, we will take a look at some of the best practices for storing and discarding yogurt.

Let’s start with the basics. What sort of container should you use? Well, false economies are the bane of any smart shopper so typically, using glass jars will be better than using any of those leaky plastic containers. But that can cost you too much so just go with simple plastic containers that are easy to seal.

Obviously, you also want to store your yogurt in the fridge. But should you also be turning your yogurt into a popsicle? That’s another question altogether. The only way to find out is by giving it a try. I have a feeling you’re going to like what you find out. But before you do, make sure to read this article to its end.

Risks of Eating Stale Yogurt

If you have a little baby or toddler in your home (or if you remember your own childhood), you are well familiar with yogurt. It grows with your children! From a milk-only food, which needs to be thickly sliced to be eaten, to a sweet dessert for adults.

The question is, does yogurt go bad ? How long does yogurt last?

If you check the use-by date on your yogurt, you will probably find that it lasts longer than you imagined. If yogurt, which has been opened, lasts for a long time, then you might be wondering what the "best by" means.

Yogurt is a dairy product. This means that it’s filled with all sorts of good fats and proteins. It’s also made of lactose, which is a sugar that the body needs and uses. Yogurt is considered a healthy food. It’s also a great source of calcium.

This means that you need to keep it well, just like you would chicken or fish. So how long can yogurt last?

If you want to know the answer to this question, you should know that yogurt has many uses. It’s not just a snack. It also makes a great meal for your baby, as well as a good dinner for your adult self.

How to Store Yogurt?

Yogurt is a great source of protein and calcium and is absolutely delicious. It is a great addition to your snack arsenal, but, of course, it needs to be stored properly. Here are some pointers for proper yogurt storage.

What Are the Benefits of Storing Your Yogurt at the Correct Temperature?

Before we go into specific temperature guidelines for storing your yogurt, let’s take a look at why it’s important. In addition to finding a shelf with the correct temperature, you’ll see that there are quite a few benefits to keeping your yogurt in the refrigerator. They include:

A longer shelf life: the initial shelf life of yogurt is at least seven days if it’s stored at or below 40 degrees F. The length of time your yogurt will last in the refrigerator will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of bacteria used to culture it.

The initial shelf life of yogurt is at least seven days if it’s stored at or below 40 degrees F. The length of time your yogurt will last in the refrigerator will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of bacteria used to culture it. Keeps the nutrients intact: The colder you keep it, the more vitamins it retains.


In this post, we touched on yogurt basics, such as what ingredients are added to make all the different kinds, how long yogurt can sit out, how to tell if yogurt is bad, and how to shrink your grocery bill.

Now that you have a good idea of the different kinds of yogurts and their health benefits, the next time you go to the grocery store, you’ll be ready to add more to your shopping cart!

Knowing more about recipes and yogurt will help you keep your grocery bill predictable and manageable, while giving you more nutritious, healthy meals to fill your family.