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Mar 11, 2011 06:03 AM

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.


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  1. Freeze and when you have enough milk product (e.g. milk, half-and-half, cream) thaw and make some ice cream!

    Make yogurt.

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    1. re: nofunlatte

      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.

    2. Rice or bread pudding!

      1. I make ricotta when I have leftover milk. It is pretty easy and the sweet or savory uses for ricotta are endless.

        1. 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.

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          1. re: LauraGrace

            Good idea. I saw a low-fat bechamel recipe that can be used as a base for lots of dishes, as Laura suggests.

          2. Believe it or not, pork braised in milk is really excellent. I like to do it with shallots and either tarragon or dill.