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Sour Milk Cooking

Updated on October 15, 2012
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Sour milk! Yuck!

That is the reaction of many new generation people, cooks or not. Hopefully anyone who has had a grandmother or old country cooking aunt or uncle of the south have experienced recipes that called for sour milk, or buttermilk.

Sour milk usually has a bad rap. Yet it doesn't have to be that way. Old time recipes and old time cooks will stop you from wasting your money and throwing out that milk that is a little or a lot off.

Not intentionally of course!

Those old frugal habits have left us trying to invent other ways to make some of the best recipes we love having and typically end up in the food category as comfort food.

Sour milk may not be appealing in your cereal, but it can be used in other foods that end up not being noticeable or as a tangy flavor that makes one feel like they are eating something new.

How to use

  • cooking
  • baking
  • making soft cheese
  • pet food
  • beauty secrets

Extending life of milk

  • keeping milk out of light
  • wrapping the milk container with a dark plastic bag or paper bag
  • putting milk in an opaque container
  • making sure it stays cold
  • adding salt

How to tell

  • smell
  • taste
  • shake the container, noticing lumps

What it looks like

  • curdled
  • lumpy
  • separated, liquid and solids

How it happens, the lactic acid or milk sugars end up going off...

Comfort foods

  • mashed potatoes
  • mac n cheese
  • hotcakes or pancakes or waffles
  • biscuits
  • herb soft cheese

Other ideas

  • sauces
  • soups
  • breads, corn breads

Southern classics that ask for buttermilk are a good place to use sour milk.

Southern desserts like

  • Red Velvet cake
  • Cobbler crusts
  • Chocolate cake

Other desserts

  • cheesecake
  • creme brulee
  • cheese custard

All of these ideas are ways you can use sour milk and not feel as if you have lost your money, as you pour your sour milk down the drain.


Making Sour milk, is easy just add 1 tablespoon to every cup of milk. So if you need sour milk or buttermilk substitute this is an easy way without having to spend any extra money


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