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What happens when yogurt goes bad?

Asked by syz (35793points) August 2nd, 2008
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So, I just discovered that I have to throw away a bunch of outdated yogurt in my ‘fridge. If yogurt contains active cultures, do those cultures overgrow or are they outcompeted by other types of organisms? Or does something completely different happen?

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gailcalled's avatar

Other than the little green sweaters that grow alarmingly on the surface, there is a tangy taste (like old-fashioned butter milk or real sour cream.) I don’t know anything about the chemistry, but I say, if in doubt, add to compost.

gailcalled's avatar

P.S.Somewhat like the bite that unpasturized cider gets when it starts to ferment.

Kay's avatar

I think it’s similar to sour cream, in that it’s already fermenting (giving it the tangy taste) but has not finished fermenting (i.e. completely going bad and being stale). So the expiration date is there to tell you that it’s been fermenting too long, thus going from slightly tangy and fun, to stale and moldy.

marinelife's avatar

What happens when good yogurt goes bad? It steals four lawnmowers at 2 A.M. I think you better check the shed, syz!

GreatEscape's avatar

hhhmmmm, I guess it goes in the trash. I wouldn’t take a risk with spoiled dairy…

jmbm's avatar

When it starts to go bad it knocks off a gas station or two. Then it quickly graduates to banks.

gailcalled's avatar

and mugs old ladies, too.

baseballnut's avatar

writes bad checks

gailcalled's avatar

and it says.“I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.”

baseballnut's avatar

makes the cottage cheese drive the getaway car

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