Uses Of Sour Milk Or Milk Past Its Sell-By Date

Uses of sour milk - pancakes and cakes
Uses of sour milk - pancakes and cakes

Milk is unusually nutritious and also an unusually perishable food which is why we’ve all at one point or another found ourselves with clumpy milk a few days past its sell-by date. Don’t cry over your soured milk, your cuddled milk is not useless, there’s so much more you could still do with it.

Once the milk is past its prime, use your judgment to determine if it can still be used. Milk that’s slightly lumpy but still looks good and has a cleanly acidic smell is safe to use. Milk that has a powerful funk or is mottled with yellow or pink hues is genuinely spoiled by harmful bacteria and should be discarded. Typically milk goes sour a few days after the expiration date.


Sour milk is a good replacement for milk, buttermilk, yoghurt or sour cream. Once it’s cooked, you can’t tell that sour milk was used, and it’s an easy and delicious way to use it instead of throwing it out. It’s a common ingredient in many pancakes, bread, cake and waffle recipes.

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Suitable desserts to make with sour milk include crème brulee, custard, cheesecake and custard pudding.

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Use it in your scrambled eggs. Mix it in when beating your eggs and make your scrambled eggs. Food: Five Easy Delicious Egg Recipes You Should Try


Sour milk is a common ingredient in facial masks. It’s great for the skin – making it smoother and giving it a more even, consistent colour. It’s particularly great as anti-ageing facial. Apply it all over the face, let it sit, then rinse off with milk followed by a final rinsing of water.

Sour Milk Pancakes
Sour Milk Pancakes. Image via

Simple pancake with sour milk recipe 



Sour milk, ¾ cup
Baking soda, ½ tsp.
Melted butter, 2 tbsp.
White sugar, 2 tbsp.
Flour, 1 cup
Baking powder, 1 tsp.
►Egg, 1


►Mix all the dry ingredients properly in one bowl.
►Beat the egg with butter and sour milk.
►Mix the dry and the wet mixture together. Make sure all the lumps are gone.
►Pour some batter on the skillet and cook until they are brown and fluffy.

Sour Milk Cake
Sour Milk Cake. Image via

Simple sour milk in a cake recipe



Sour milk, 2 cups
Eggs, 2
Cocoa, ½ cup
Flour, 3 cups
Sugar, 2 cups
Baking soda, 2 tsp.
Shortening (Fat), ½ cup
Vanilla essence, as per convenience


►Blend the shortening and sugar.
►Mix cocoa, soda, and flour.
►Add the sour milk and the flour mixture to the sugar mixture.
►Oil the pan and spray some flour.
►Keep it for baking for 45 minutes, at 350° F.

Do you dare to actually use your sour milk?

Learn more about Milk Storage Methods and recipes for spoilt milk

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