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    Bitter-tasting yogurt?

    I just got myself a bowl of yogurt and strawberries for a snack and found that the yogurt has a strangely bitter taste to it. Does this mean it's gone "off?" It has been open for a little while. I'm certainly disinclined to eat any more of it (there go the strawberries, too, darn it.)

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    Just some thoughts....
    Is this a brand of yogurt you normally eat? Perhaps the strawberries are a bit more sweet than usual and the combo makes it seem the yogurt is bitter?

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    I find some yogourt just has a bitter taste; I think it's the particular culture a manufacturer uses. And if it's bitter, it will get more bitter as it continues to culture (which it will if it's got live cultures in it -- this doesn't mean it goes "off", just that it gets more...um, yogourty). If it was off (which yogourt very rarely seems to do) it would go kind of yellowish and clotted, and would smell vile. If it still has a sort of fresh/sour smell, it's technically fine.

    I'm really picky about my brand of yogourt, for that very reason. There's only one I really like, which has a very mild culture that never seems to go bitter. Is it a new kind of yogourt you haven't had before by chance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by veschke View Post
    I just got myself a bowl of yogurt and strawberries for a snack and found that the yogurt has a strangely bitter taste to it. Does this mean it's gone "off?" It has been open for a little while. I'm certainly disinclined to eat any more of it (there go the strawberries, too, darn it.)
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    The sell-by date is 6/19, but I don't know if that means anything vis a vis when it will actually spoil.

    It's Stonyfield Farms, which I buy all the time, although this is plain, which I don't normally buy (needed it for a sauce, I think). I tasted it before any strawberries, so that's not it.

    Oh well. Thanks for the description, compassrose, it certainly doesn't look like that! Perhaps it is just more "yogurty" than I am used to....

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    I think your answer is that "it's plain" From what I understand, plain yogurt is tangier/more bitter than, say, vanilla yogurt, which is why it gets used a lot in savory dishes.

    I'd either add some vanilla extract to the yogurt you eat with the strawberries, and maybe a little sugar too.
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    I agree with Erin - probably the plain part since no sweetners are added. I'd toss in some honey or maple syrup.
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    Good to know. Now I feel a little silly for not thinking about that. Thanks guys!

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    It's Really Quite Common

    I've been a fan of a yogurt for I can't remember how many years. Absolutely adore a brand called Onken.

    Onken yogurts are called "Bio pots" and come in a variety of flavours of which Papiya & Passion fruit "Bio Pot" is my favourite. Each of these pots contains hundreds of thousands of live probiotic good bacteria.

    Live yogurt has a shelf life of 3 days once it is open on day for you will begin to taste it becoming bitter and any sweetness starting to fade. It doesn't mean that the yogurt has gone off it means that the bacteria or cultures are changing the yogurt as they do.

    This also seems to happen right on its use by or expiry date as I've just discovered tonight.

    Plain live yogurt has a bitter, slightly salty and lemon taste to it.

    You'll know when yog is past it when there are curds, lumps it and it begins to separate the actual yogurt will break down and become very watery.

    Hope that helps a bit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Gunn View Post
    I've been a fan of a yogurt for I can't remember how many years. Absolutely adore a brand called Onken.

    Onken yogurts are called "Bio pots" and come in a variety of flavours of which Papiya & Passion fruit "Bio Pot" is my favourite. Each of these pots contains hundreds of thousands of live probiotic good bacteria.

    Live yogurt has a shelf life of 3 days once it is open on day for you will begin to taste it becoming bitter and any sweetness starting to fade. It doesn't mean that the yogurt has gone off it means that the bacteria or cultures are changing the yogurt as they do.

    This also seems to happen right on its use by or expiry date as I've just discovered tonight.

    Plain live yogurt has a bitter, slightly salty and lemon taste to it.

    You'll know when yog is past it when there are curds, lumps it and it begins to separate the actual yogurt will break down and become very watery.

    Hope that helps a bit?

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