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Does soy milk go bad?

post #1 of 31
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I realized this morning that on my carton of Silk soymilk the expiration date is today. How long do I have before it goes bad? I still have a lot left and I'd hate to throw it away, but I don't want to get sick, either.
post #2 of 31
of course it goes bad. i wouldn't drink it, but if it smells normal and tastes normal, it's probably okay.
post #3 of 31
I usually toss my cartons after they've been in the fridge (open) for 8 days. My sister's gotten a sour stomach before, after drinking old/sour soy milk, but nothing serious. As long as it smells/tastes/looks (not clumpy) okay, you should be fine.
post #4 of 31
Why yes it does. <--- Speaking from personal experience.



It will smell/taste funky. Kinda sour/moldy/pine tree-y.
post #5 of 31
When in doubt, throw it out.
post #6 of 31
You won't drink it when it's really gone bad. It smells really bad!
post #7 of 31
you'll know from the smell!



also the cap sometimes gets "crusty" too, a hint it's time to pitch!
post #8 of 31
What about egg substatutes?
post #9 of 31
Very good thread btw
post #10 of 31
Mollie~ think ya posted on the wrong thread
post #11 of 31
well, it was along the same theme of the thread.....: how can you tell if egg substatutes have gone bad?
post #12 of 31
oh! my mistake!



Thats a very good question By the way too.
post #13 of 31
You're not talking about dry powdered egg substitutes are you? They might go stale after 3 or 4 years?



Flax goes bad quickly -- I think it will have a chemical smell. Flax and linseed are the same thing.
post #14 of 31
Ewwww - bad soy milk = STINKY



My bf didn't notice the soy milk was bad one early morning and made me a soyacino. It was revolting. Don't know how he managed to miss the stink!
post #15 of 31
I only use soymilk for cereal so I buy the little juice box sized ones, so I don't wind up wasting half a carton. (The only downside is more packaging)
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post #16 of 31
I made an observation. I didn't have milk for a long time, but after opening the milk an not using it up in time it went bad, stale and had to be thrown away. But I remember, when I was a kid, that milk was different, it didn't go bad, but went sour and could still be eaten. I had the same experience with soy milk recently. It didn't turn bad but sour. If it's sour you can eat it, if it's bad/stale you have to throw it away. It depents on which kind of germ gets into soy milk.

Expery dates: I think the industry likes expery dates as they make people throw away things prematurely.
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post #17 of 31
I eat expired soy and rice milk all the time. (Kickback from my job.) It's fine for at least a month after the date..
post #18 of 31
To clarify: If it's been opened do use it within 7-10 days. But the stuff, unopened, in the asceptic packaging... It'll keep for a while after the date.
post #19 of 31
its best to finish before expiration date. I havent had a problem. On the carton it says to drink within 7 days after opening.. but i usually dont, and never had a problem as long as i finish before the expiration date.
post #20 of 31
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Originally Posted by CharityAJO View Post

To clarify: If it's been opened do use it within 7-10 days.



That's correct and it should state that somewhere on the package. I wouldn't use it if it's been opened more than 10 days. If it's not been opened and you're only worried about the printed expiration date I'd probably try to use it within a week or two after the expiration date, assuming it smells/looks/tastes ok.
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post #21 of 31
Hrm...any soy milk I've used (in Ireland) always comes with 'use within 5 days of opening' - I wonder what the difference is, if you guys all have 'within 7 days'....
post #22 of 31
[slight thread hijack]I tried soy milk for the first time yesterday! Why didn't anyone tell me it tasted so good? [/slight thread hijack]
post #23 of 31
I've been using the same box of Ener-G Egg Replacement ever since I went vegan 6 years ago, so if the stuff goes bad I don't know how I'm supposed to be able to tell. I've often wondered that, but oh well, I still use it.
post #24 of 31
Hehe, does it? I'm afraid to taste it 'straight'!!



That's an odd comment, sorry. Have only been using it in cereal/coffee though - I really like it in cereal. Not the sweetened one though, bleurgh!!
post #25 of 31
When I open a carton of Silk, I write the date on the carton, and throw it away after a week if I haven't finished it. I've had food poisoning twice, both times serious enough to send me to the hospital, so I'm super-strict about sanitation & food safety.
post #26 of 31
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Originally Posted by kpickell View Post

I've been using the same box of Ener-G Egg Replacement ever since I went vegan 6 years ago, so if the stuff goes bad I don't know how I'm supposed to be able to tell. I've often wondered that, but oh well, I still use it.



Mine has a best before date on the box.
post #27 of 31
Tonight on Lifetime: When Good Soymilk Goes Bad; a Veggieboards Story.





Oh it goes bad alright....sooooo bad *shudder*
post #28 of 31
What about 6 months ? I have been very very reckless recently and I didn't check the date on it before I drank it. It doesn't smell bad though.



Damn me.
post #29 of 31
Yes It does.....It gets lumpy and a greyish color and tastes awful.....I go by the 5-7 day rule and pitch cause I dont wanna deal with the tummy trouble again.



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post #30 of 31
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Originally Posted by Gracie View Post

When I open a carton of Silk, I write the date on the carton, and throw it away after a week if I haven't finished it. I've had food poisoning twice, both times serious enough to send me to the hospital, so I'm super-strict about sanitation & food safety.



Good idea. I always forget how long it's been since I've opened a container, as there's always open containers of at least two varieties (plain and chocolate and sometimes vanilla) in my fridge. If it's not opened yet, the expiration date is good enough, but once it's opened, I forget how long ago I opened it.



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