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Oct 9, 2011 10:37 AM

Cooking with spoiled milk

So I am making spaghetti & meatballs for dinner. I used perhaps an eighth to a quarter cup of milk to moisten the bread. About 45 meatballs later, someone in the house poured themselves a glass of milk and spit it out--it was spoiled. (Don't ask me why I didn't realize this.) So anyway...the meatballs smell ok, but dinner ruined?

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  1. My Depression-era mother would *never* toss spoiled milk. She made a chocolate cake or pancakes with it. Back then, if someone didn't have any spoiled milk for such things, they added lemon juice to fresh milk and let it curdle before they continued with prep.

    Think of it as buttermilk or sour cream with the plus of tang to the flavor. No one is going to get ill or even notice it in any negative way. If anything, they may notice that what you made is particularly flavorful. I sub buttermilk for fresh milk in baking, mashed potatoes, etc. for just that reason.

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    1. re: rainey

      I've seen many a southern cake recipe calling for "sour milk" I've used it before in muffins or scones, don't throw it out. I do the same with yogurt, sour cream and cream cheese.

      I've not added it to meatballs, the only thing I can think it would do is add a tang.

      1. It will be fine. When I have spoiled milk, I use it for conrbread or mashed potatoes, occasionally flapjacks. I've used it in mac&cheese too, but if it's far gone it seems to contribute to a grainy, curdled bechamel.

        1. Lightly soured milk is fine for cooking. Use it just like buttermilk or sour cream. It's great in pancakes, chocolate cake, biscuits... I'm sure your meatballs are just fine. I always end up with some leftover 'sour' milk and I use most of it in cooking before it's too far gone and I have to toss it out.

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          1. re: Kajikit

            Yeah, I prefer the term sour or soured milk, rather than spoiled milk. While lightly soured milk is great for cooking/baking, full on spoiled milk is really nasty tasting. Goes right down the drain in my house. So it's about degrees of spoilage.

            This reminds me of the current Toshiba Galaxy laptop ad, where the laptop is dropped, the laptop's damage causes a massive power outage, the milk sours, the drinker turns into a zombie, etc.

          2. Just curious. Did anyone die?

            1. I need to know how old is to old to use in baking.
              Thank you,