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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

YOGURT (YOGHURT), COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED, SOLD REFRIGERATED — UNOPENED OR OPENED PACKAGE

RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 7-10 days after "sell by" date on package
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 1-2 months
Tips
  • The precise answer to the question “How long does yogurt last?” depends to a large extent on storage conditions — keep yogurt refrigerated and tightly covered at all times.
  • How long does yogurt last after the sell-by date? Yogurt that has been continuously refrigerated will usually keep for at least 7-10 days after the "sell by" date on the package.
  • How long does yogurt last after opening? Opened yogurt will typically stay at peak quality for 5-7 days after opening, but will generally remain safe to consume until the storage time shown above, provided it has been properly stored— discard entire package if any sign of mold appears.
  • To further extend the shelf life of yogurt, freeze it in a covered airtight container.
  • How long does yogurt last in the freezer for safety purposes? The freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if yogurt is bad? The best way is to smell and look at the yogurt: signs of spoilage include a highly runny and watery consistency, a clumpy texture and a sour smell; if any sign of mold appears, discard the entire package, do not taste the yogurt first.

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