YOGURT (YOGHURT), COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED, SOLD REFRIGERATED — UNOPENED OR OPENED PACKAGE
1-2 weeks after "sell by" date on package
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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