Leftover milk ideas
Something I seem to end up with repeatedly, it seems. For some reason, every few weeks I have a litre of milk about to expire and no inclination to drink it all in one go. Any ideas for what I can make with it?
In the past, I've made condensed milk (then used to make the rice pudding I like) and dulce le leche from scratch, which I then used in desserts. I still have some of the latter from the last time, so don't want to make that again.
I buy low-fat milk. You might know it better as 2% milk.
I don't have an ice-cream machine, and I'm not so willing to do it the long way at the moment :). When I am, I'm happy to buy all of the ingredients.
I'd prefer not to freeze it and rather use it, as I'll just end up delaying the problem for another day.
I'm not a big fan of yoghurt since I had a bad case of food poisoning following consumption once... Best avoided.
I make ricotta when I have leftover milk. It is pretty easy and the sweet or savory uses for ricotta are endless.
How much milk do you buy at a time? Is the milk pasteurized? Ultra-pasteurized? You can solve the problem altogether by giving the carton a vigorous shake every time you use the milk. It'll last much longer. Besides, expiration dates are meaningless as far as whether the milk is usable/tasty or not.
Bechamel uses a lot of milk -- so lasagna, mac and cheese, cauliflower (or other veggie)-cheese gratin, milk gravy for fried chicken or biscuits, etc.
Believe it or not, pork braised in milk is really excellent. I like to do it with shallots and either tarragon or dill.