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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 1-2 weeks after "sell by" date on package
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 1-2 months
Tips
  • How long does yogurt last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question 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 1 to 2 weeks after the "sell by" date on the package.
  • How long does yogurt remain at peak quality after opening? Opened yogurt will typically stay at peak quality for 5 to 7 days after opening, but will generally remain safe to consume for at least 1 to 2 weeks after the "sell by" date on the package, provided it has been properly stored— discard entire package if any sign of mold appears.
  • How long can yogurt be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; yogurt should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To further extend the shelf life of yogurt, freeze it in a covered airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • How long does yogurt last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for 1 to 2 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — yogurt that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does yogurt last after being frozen and thawed? Yogurt that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; yogurt that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • 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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