How to Use Sour Milk: 8 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Use Sour Milk: 8 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Use Sour Milk: 8 Steps (with Pictures)

Yuck! The milk went sour! Instead of deciding to throw the milk away, it is still possible to use it. This article provides suggestions to help you experiment in the kitchen.

Note: This article only refers to milk that has gone sour in the fridge or has been forced through the addition of vinegar or lemon juice. If the milk has gone sour in sunlight or near a heat source, throw it away as this is spoiled milk, not sour milk, and may have harmful bacteria.


  • Sour milk
  • Additions such as chopped fresh herbs, vegetables or fruits, or seasonings (for cheese)
  • Carob or cocoa powder (for chocolate)
  • Eggs (for scrambled eggs)


Use Sour Milk Step 1

Step 1. Bake.

Sour milk can be added to a suitable cake or bread; after baking, you won't notice. Look for recipes that contain sour milk (the internet makes this easy!). To start with, try gingerbread with sour milk.

  • Use this milk instead of buttermilk in corn cake.
  • Add to American pancake batter.
  • Add to hand-baked or baked dough.
Use Sour Milk Step 2

Step 2. Use sour milk to make desserts

Suitable desserts include crème brûlée, custard custard, cheesecake and custard pudding.

Use Sour Milk Step 3

Step 3. Make scrambled eggs with sour milk

Use Sour Milk Step 4

Step 4. Make into cheese

  • Line a drying rack with cheesecloth (cotton cloth or muslin will do as well). Pour sour milk. If you want the cheese to taste, add some chopped herbs or spices, or chopped fruits and vegetables, and mix.
  • Lift the sides of the cloth and wrap it in a bundle. Tie a knot at the top.
  • Hang the bundle over a bowl in the refrigerator (use the top shelf or a taller object to hold it in place). Hold in position until it stops dripping.
  • Remove from refrigerator and remove cloth. Place remaining cheese on a plate. Add salt if desired and enjoy with savory crackers. Store in the refrigerator, in an airtight container.
Use Sour Milk Step 5

Step 5. Add sour milk to main dishes that have a creamy consistency or a creamy cheese topping

Dishes such as seafood stew, boiled potatoes, gratin etc. are ideal.

  • Add to meatloaf for a moist consistency.
  • Add to soups to make them creamier.
Use Sour Milk Step 6

Step 6. Make chocolate.

Add cocoa or carob powder, a little sugar and sour milk. Mix well. Enjoy!

Use Sour Milk Step 7

Step 7. Use to make feed

To get started, learn to use sour milk to make chicken food, or add it to a recipe for dog or cat treats you'll make at home.

Use Sour Milk Step 8

Step 8. Make a sour milk mask

Read Using a Sour Cream Face Mask to learn more (replace sour cream with sour milk).


  • Many old recipes use sour milk, because refrigerated milk was a dream a while ago! Browse older recipes for a variety of suggestions.
  • Milk sours because of the action of lactic acid-producing bacteria. It happens in both pasteurized and unpasteurized milk.
  • If you want to sour fresh milk, simply add 1 part vinegar or lemon juice to 20 equal parts milk. For example, this means 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for every cup of milk.
  • Sour milk can be added to many sauces that have creamy textures, such as béchamel sauce.


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