Yoghurts are often filled with probiotics – the good bacteria that give the drink majority of its health benefits. These probiotics will only survive at a certain temperature, hence, yoghurt is advised and expected to be kept at this temperature at all times. Asides from the survival of the probiotics that should be ensured, improperly stored yoghurt will result in the drink turning sour in taste and watery in texture.
Generally, yoghurt will remain at its best quality for 5 to 7 days after opening and will remain safe for consumption for at least 1 to 2 weeks after the “sell by” date on the package, provided the manufacturer had stored the product properly. The bulk of preservation – where and how to store – lies with the consumer and the following conditions are expected to be met in storage.
It is recommended to consume yoghurt immediately after opening or a maximum of 2 hours after opening. For those that want their yoghurt kept for a longer time, opened or not, a temperature of 4° c is highly recommended for it to be stored. This ensures the probiotics are kept alive, and the taste and texture of the yoghurt remains at best for a longer period of time.
The helpful tips to have at the back of your mind when you want to keep your yoghurt in good condition are summarized below:
- Yoghurt should be stored immediately in a refrigerator after buying. Ensure not to leave at room temperature for more than an hour or two. If kept longer than two hours at a place of room temperature, harmful bacteria can begin to grow.
- Keep yoghurt stored in the refrigerator at 4°c or below. At this temperature, the shelf life of your yoghurt will last as long as stated on the package, and the taste and texture will remain at the best quality.
- If yoghurt is left unrefrigerated for two hours or less, it can be put back in the refrigerator for later consumption. However, this will shorten the shelf-life indicated on the package.
- Always remember that bacteria, healthy or not, left unrefrigerated or at their recommended temperature, will grow faster and harmful with added sugar and fruit.
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