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Don’t Let Milk Go to Waste

Don’t let that milk go to waste! Use it up instead of pouring it down the drain.

Don't Let Milk Go to Waste - Don't let that milk go to waste! Use it up instead of pouring it down the drain. You'll save money.

They say, “Don’t cry over spilled milk.”

I say, “Don’t cry over milk about to expire. Use it up!”

Wasting food is akin to wasting money. We can salvage our grocery budgets when we reduce waste. And sometimes you have to be on your toes, keeping an eye on expiration dates so something doesn’t slip under your radar.

Use it up — down to the last drop!

It’s not too often that we have an excess of milk around here. My kids drink about 6 gallons a week. I think FishPapa takes at least another gallon with him to work each week.

But, there can be times when you’ve got milk on hand that will expire before you can just drink it. Perhaps you’re about to leave on a trip or your people have been under the weather and not up to their usual milk-drinking prowess. Or maybe you find a great deal on milk being marked down at the store. Snatch it up to reap savings.

That’s when it’s time to get creative and start cooking. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can use it, especially when you dive into one of these yummy recipes:

Many times you can use up the milk in a recipe and then freeze it so that you don’t have to consume it all in that moment. If you’ve got milk about to expire, make homemade yogurt, bake up some pancakes, prepare a homemade pudding, or mix up a white sauce or gravy.

Try one of these milk-based recipes that are good cheap eats.

Milk-Based Recipes:

Don't Let Milk Go to Waste - Don't let that milk go to waste! Use it up instead of pouring it down the drain. You'll save money.

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Don't Let Milk Go to Waste - Don't let that milk go to waste! Use it up instead of pouring it down the drain. You'll save money.

And the Sweet

These are all delicious recipes that will help you use up an abundance of milk. But you know what, if you don’t have the energy to mess with it right now, stash it in the freezer and use it another time. Just be mindful that it’s close to its date.

What’s your favorite way to use up milk?

Don't Let Milk Go to Waste - Don't let that milk go to waste! Use it up instead of pouring it down the drain. You'll save money.

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Comments

  1. Milk that needs to go is usually turned into yogurt, occasionally used for pudding, and sometimes used to make french toast. Stale bread to use up at the same time is an extra bonus!

  2. I freeze it in 1 cup portions to use in baking. I don’t usually have extra milk, but my husband wasn’t feeling well last week, and left nearly 3/4 of a gallon. I cooked day of, and then got out all the jars I had laying around and started freezing. 🙂

  3. ks grandma says:

    I’m with Lee. I don’t usually have milk around, but when the grandkids come. . . Almost always there is some left after they go home. I freeze it in 1/2 C portions – in small containers. Once frozen, I pop them into a freezer bag so I have the use of my small containers for other bits.

  4. Potato pancakes (great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes) and bacon; grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup; and oldie from my Grandmother ‘s recipe box, tuna noodle casserole with peas.

  5. the1chery says:

    I live alone but have grandchildren that visit so I need to have a lot of milk sometimes and not so much at other times. I often have milk that I need to use up! I like to make strata or a quiche with it.

  6. Like you, I use it as a good reason to make hot cocoa on the stove top, unless it is summer and then I make chocolate milk. Another great use is using it to stretch buttermilk (there is a post on my blog, if you are interested in how I do it). You are so right, one of the best ways to keep grocery spending down is not to let anything go to waste. Thanks for sharing the links. That Cheddar Cheese Soup needs to be my lunch soon.

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