Don’t Let Milk Go to Waste: 14 Recipes To Use Up Milk

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

pouring milk into pot of vegetable soup

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.

How Do You Use Up Milk Before It Goes Bad?

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 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 I’m going to share today.

How to Use Up Milk

Many times you can make a recipe with milk then freeze it so that you don’t have to consume it all in that moment. If you’ve got any 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 recipes that are good cheap eats.

14 Recipes To Use Up Milk

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Aunt Sandy’s Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

quarts of soup ready for the freezer

This rich and creamy soup is super comforting and freezes beautifully.

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Homemade Cream of Celery Soup for Cooking

Ditch the can, man. Make your own cream of celery soup to use in cooking.

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Alfredo Mac and Cheese

Homemade macaroni and cheese is delicious, especially when made with a touch of Alfredo.

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How to Make a White Sauce

White sauces are the base of a myriad of amazing recipes. Use this in lasagna, croque-monsieurs, casseroles, and even soups.

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Vegetable Cheddar Cheese Soup

Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe from Good Cheap Eats

This cheesy soup is just what the doctor ordered!

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Stovetop Mac and Cheese – No Need for a Box!

Better than the box, this mac and cheese will having you coming back for second and thirds.

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Homemade Yogurt

homemade yogurt in large glass bowl and glass jar

Learn to make your own homemade yogurt without a fancy machine!

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Pancakes - An Easy Pantry Staple

Pancakes are delicious for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Make your own from scratch!

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Milk and Honey Cornbread

Milk and Honey Cornbread - Bake up a batch of this Milk and Honey Cornbread. It's lightly sweetened and delicious for breakfast or the bread basket.

This milk and honey cornbread is incredibly comforting -- and super easy to stir up, no mix required.

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Homemade Milk Nog Recipe

Move over, Egg Nog. Milk Nog has arrived.

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Stovetop Hot Cocoa

No need for packets of dry mix when you can make your very own hot cocoa on the stovetop.

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Skip the packaged mixes. This homemade chocolate pudding is the real deal. And super-duper chocolatey.

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Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie

Yes, you can make your very own chocolate cream pie. It will be amazing!

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Better than Robert Redford — Layered Chocolate Dessert in a Jar

Enjoy this vintage layered dessert in minutes. Layered chocolate pudding and a cream cheese filling sit atop a tender crust. Yum!

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How Do You Freeze Milk?

These are all delicious recipes that will help you to take care of that leftover gallon. 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.

Just simply place the milk (in the original container) or in a freezer-safe container and place in the freezer. Just make sure to leave room at the top for it to expand. Then when ready to use, just simply let it thaw in the fridge.

What’s your favorite way to use up milk?

Don't Let The Milk Go To Waste: 14 Recipes To Use Up Leftover Milk

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Sandi says:

    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. Lee says:

    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. Janet says:

    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.

  7. Miriam says:

    There is a yummy Dutch cake that takes a litre of milk. I usually make that when I have milk needing to be finished.

    1kg brown sugar
    1kg self-raising flour
    4 tbsp golden syrup or honey
    1L milk
    Mixed Spice

    Mix all ingredients together with an electric mixer. Pour mixture into 4 loaf tins and bake in moderate oven until cooked (about 40min I think).

    It’s such an easy recipe and it tastes great even if it’s not so healthy! 🙂

  8. Rose says:

    I am so happy i found your site. I was looking for recipes to use milk, I have so much. Your recipes are easy to follow and delicious!! Cheap and simple are my way of life. Plus not too time consuming which is great for a busy mom. I wanted to know if you offer any sugar-free recipes?

    • Hi Rose! Nice to meet you. I’m so glad the recipes have been helpful. I do have sugar free/naturally sweetened recipes, however, I don’t have them marked as such. If you check out the Whole 30 recipes, there will for sure be some there.

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