Five days ago, I went to the market and purchased a tub of plain yogurt. As the days passed, I was craving yogurt, but couldn’t find it in the fridge. After some searching it turned up: in the trunk of my car. The yogurt was still in the trunk of my car, and had been “cooking” in the 90 degree heat of August for four days.
Never wanting to waste food, and wanting some yogurt, I peeled off the protective plastic cover and took a sniff. It smelled okay. It looked good. Into the fridge it went.
Tonight, I ate some of this yogurt. It was very transformed – the curd was a bit firmer, and the flavor extremely tart. The bacteria had grown and released a lot of lactic acid. In some ways, it tasted better than the regular yogurt. It’s like a very tart, thin cheese. Think of it as the opposite of cloyingly sweet “Yoplait.”
I was worried about getting sick, but, so far, so good. I’m not feeling light-headed, and have no stomach pains.
Whenever I do something stupid like eat yogurt that’s been heat-treated for 96 hours, I check the internet… after doing it. It’s the wrong order, but better late than never.
The internet had no answers, but did have some clues. A fellow on YouTube consumed a two-year-old cup of yogurt. Verdict: good.
Two people asked about eating month-old yogurt. The verdict: if there’s no mold on top, and it’s not pink, it’s okay.
When the bacteria consume all the milk, they start to die off, turning pink. The mold forms because the “good” bacteria are being out-competed. Supposedly, you can scrape off that mold, toss it away, and eat the rest. Yogurt is very resistant to spoilage, because, in a way, it’s already “spoiled” by the beneficial bacteria.
It seems safe, and I’m inclined to agree. It certainly tasted okay. I added two tablespoons of jam, and ate half of the large container. It was sour, and could have used more sugar, but overall, quite good.
I’m lactose intolerant, but can eat yogurt. Eating a large bowl of this stuff has not caused any cramps, gas, or bloating. In fact, it’s the least “eventful” bowl of yogurt I’ve ever had. Perhaps the lactobacilli have consumed the lactose, leaving little in the yogurt.
In the future, if I need sour yogurt, I’m going to leave a new tub of yogurt out for one day, to let the cultures grow and release more lactic acid. This stuff is good!
Idiot eats two year old yogurt:
I just ate old yogurt:
Year old yogurt: