9 Reasons You Should NEVER Throw Away Spoiled Milk

It’s the worst: you go to grab some milk for your morning coffee or to accompany some delicious cookies, but when you open the carton, the smell hits you — that unmistakable smell that tells you the milk has been sitting in the fridge for a little too long.

So not only do you not have milk, but now you have to toss all that milk. All that food, just going to waste. Such a shame.

Stop! You don’t have to toss it out. After all, not too long ago, people were stretching their food, clothing, and other items to make them last as long as possible without wasting anything, including their spoiled milk. Food waste is a huge problem these days, which is damaging to both the environment and to humans.

If you want to reduce waste just a little bit (and every little bit counts!), don’t just pour your turned milk down the drain.

Instead, take a cue from the past with these clever and frugal ways to turn spoiled milk into something great.

First, know what kind of milk you’re dealing with.

If you’re using pasteurized milk, like the kind most commonly found in supermarkets, be sure that the milk your using is just a bit off, still at the point when it’s too icky to drink plain or put in coffee, but before it gets really bad.

If it’s started to separate and you can see lumps, or if the color’s changed, unfortunately it’s too late and there’s nothing to be done.

If you’re using raw or unpasteurized milk, you don’t have to catch it as quickly, and you can actually use it for much longer. Raw milk turns into a thick substance called clabber, which can be used for all sorts of things.

#1: Bake Just About Anything

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Sour milk is perfect for baking.

The other ingredients and the baking process will mask any unpleasant taste, and your milk doesn’t have to get wasted.

There are so many recipes that use sour milk, you might start letting it go bad intentionally!

Try in corn bread, scones, pancakes, and anything you can think of.

#2: Make Dinner A Little Creamier

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Janine Ngai for LittleThings

Like with baking, cooking with sour milk will cover up any gross taste, so it’s perfect for thickening up soups and casseroles.

If you feel that a soup or stew is a bit lacking, add a splash of the sour milk and you’ll have a richer experience.

Just go slowly and taste test to make sure the sour milk flavor doesn’t become too pronounced.

#3: Tenderize A Steak

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Janine Ngai for LittleThings

The lactic acid in the milk is great for tenderizing meat. Soak your meat in sour milk before cooking.

You can also use sour milk in marinades, the way you’d use buttermilk.

If meat isn’t your thing, you can also use sour milk to soak dried grains like wheat berries and barley.

#4: Make Some Cheese

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Janine Ngai for LittleThings

Sour milk is perfect for creating some homemade cheese, just like they did in the old days.

If your milk has turned, try turning it into cottage cheese right in your own kitchen, which goes great with salads, fruit, and as a snack.