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Dec 23, 2008 09:25 PM

What to do with leftover buttermilk?

I've got half a quart of buttermilk leftover after making fried chicken. What can I make with it? Can I freeze it (using an ice cube tray) for use at another time?

I don't want the leftover to go to!


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  1. Use it to make oatmeal, bread, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, chocolate cake, scone & biscuits. And/or put it in cream and let it set until you have crème fraîche.

    Buttermilk is one of those things like brown sugar and browned butter that adds a flavor boost over the pale conventional go-to product. And you get thickness and low fat in the bargain. Just remember it separates when heated so you would do better using sour cream for a hot sauce.

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    1. re: rainey

      Good suggestions. Also pancakes. Or maybe salad dressings. Or just drink it, unless you can't stand the taste.

    2. Buttermilk pie is an old farm favorite and is pretty tasty, actually. Good, too, made with sliced apples.

      Sometimes I just season it with curry and bake chicken breast or pork chops in it.

      1. How about ranch dressing?

        1. The best coleslaw dressings include buttermilk as one of the ingredients, as do the best blue cheese dressings. Many cakes and muffins include buttermilk as an ingredient. Usually buttermilk has a relatively long shelf life - check the expiry date and depending on when you bought it, you might well find the date is one month or more beyond purchase date.

          1. It is freezable....I like the pancakes suggestion. You can use a combination of whole wheat flour and unbleached for a little healthier pancake...mix in some blueberries and you have a pretty nice pancake. Leftover pancakes can be refrigerated or frozen too.