Frugal Hack: 5 Things To Do With Sour Milk

by Jodi

Hard as you try to watch the dates on things that get hidden away in your refrigerator, the milk still seems to go bad before it’s been used. We’ve all been there, and that’s why almost every dairy drinking fool smells the milk before pouring it into a glass. You don’t have to let sour milk to waste, though. Believe it or not, some cooks actually make their own sour milk with vinegar. Your grandmother, great grandmother and every famous chef that’s ever lived has used outdated milk to create masterpieces in the kitchen. Here are five ways you can use and enjoy that curdled milk.

1.  Make Ranch dressing

ranch dressing

Ranch dressing is normally made from buttermilk and every good cook knows that milk that has soured is a great replacement for actual buttermilk. You can mix up a hearty, healthy ranch dressing from scratch that’s free of all the chemicals and preservatives of bottled dressings.


–>1/2 cup mayonnaise
–>1/2 cup sour milk
–>1 tsp. dried parsley
–>1/2 tsp. onion powder
–>1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Simply mix all the ingredients together and enjoy. This dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

2.  Make waffles


Outdated milk is the perfect addition to your tried and true waffle or pancake recipes. Back in the day, no self respecting grandmother would think twice about adding sour milk to baked goods, and you shouldn’t either.  Gulping down a glass of sour milk may curdle your stomach, but it lends natural flavor to baked goods like pancakes, waffles, muffins, scones and cookies. has a delicious 50 year old recipe for Homemade Sour Waffles and Milkweed Diaries can get you setup in the pancake department.

3.  Bake cookies


Sour cream is an ingredient often found in sugar cookie recipes, but every good cook knows that sour milk is actually the way to go. You can use up that old milk the way granny did by whipping up a batch of sugar cookies, molasses cookies,  oatmeal cookies, and more.

4.  Make homemade yogurt


It takes just eight hours to turn milk that you almost poured down the drain into delicious, healthy yogurt. If you have a pan, an oven, a jar and a little creativity, you can use sour milk in place of raw milk to create your own homemade yogurt.

5.  Roll biscuits


There’s not a cook in the south that hasn’t put soured milk to good use when making biscuits. Traditional sour milk biscuit recipes have only six ingredients, including sour milk, and take just under half an hour to get on the table.

No need to cry over soured milk! Sour milk is the base ingredient in everything from chocolate cakes to corn bread to scones.




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