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My kids eat a lot of dairy, but it does happen that we find that a bag of milk, cottage cheese, or yogurt will be sitting in our fridge past its expiration date. I have a few recipes ( e.g. pancakes, tuna casserole) that call for buttermilk or another type of fermented milk product. So instead of throwing out these sour products, I put them in the freezer to be defrosted when I have time to prepare the recipes. The end results taste delicious, and no one, except my pocket book, is the wiser.
Milk doesn't sour any more, it simply goes BAD. I wouldn't use it at all. The pasteurization etc. doesn't allow it to sour. I would try freezing it just before the date it expires. Saving money is great, but not if the savings makes you sick.
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I would like to find uses for sour milk.
Pour it in the garden pour it in your compost pile ( you do have one don't you ) :-) use it to water your plants outside , and roses love it !
Only raw milk sours properly. Any milk that's been pasteurized will only rot and never sour. But if you have access to raw milk and it sours you can use it interchangeably with buttermilk. Its delish and tastes like a a mellow buttermilk.
You can add lemon juice to pasteurized milk to try and approximate soured milk, but its just not the same. If you ask me just use buttermilk. Most States make it really hard our outright ban raw milk because of some wonky misguided drive to sterilize the planet.
There should be all kinds of recipes using sour milk. I would google recipes for sour milk and see what comes up.
Not an attack, just a note: Americans (most anyway) know what scones are. ;)
I remember a chocolate cake that called for sour milk and you can also make pancakes and biscuits with it.
Making biscuits and pancakes is a good use for sour milk. Also, if you mash potatoes, it is fine to use this. Even a casserole (such as would need milk) Other than being a little yucky to drink, sour milk can still be used for cooking. :)
Does anyone have any frugal uses for sour milk that is not fit to drink anymore?
The previous comments about only raw milk that has soured being suitable for cooking with sounds interesting. But where are you all getting your information? Why isn't using pasteurized milk that has soured safe for cooking?
Okay, I found the answer! Pasteurized milk that has soured hasn't "soured" in the natural term, but has actually gone rancid. Raw milk, on the other hand, since it hasn't been pasteurized, still has all of the good bacteria that allow it to sour naturally, so it can actually be healthy for you.
Here's the website I got the info from: http://www.west ize_rawmilk.html
Absolute rubbish regarding the not using none pasteurised milk. The pasteurisation predominatly kills coliforms, listeria, salmonella etc.
The souring, which is the same process in both pasteurised and unpasterised milk, is caused by lactic acid bacteria - its the production of the acid that causes the souring and the curdling. This process is absolutely vital in unpasteurised milk as its stops the harmful bactiera (coliforms, listeria etc) reproducing which otherwise would be a significant threat IF you used the milk and it wasnt involved in a cooking process that raised the temperature above about 70oC.
Overall provided the souring has occured and provided a cooking process is used, the milk employed is irrelevant.
What absolute nonsense. Pasteurized milk which has soured naturally is perfectly safe to use in cooking or even for eating as it is. Full fat soured milk ferments to give an almost yoghurt-like consistency. I often add naturally soured milk to my sourdough pancake batter, to my sourdough dough in bread baking and to make scones or girdle cakes with. For the last two add a level teaspoon of baking soda to the mix before mixing in the sour milk. The acid of the milk reacts with the baking soda to effervesce, forming carbon dioxide bubbles which acts as a leavening agent. This method of leavening has been used since at least the 1800's. The same leavening is used to make traditional irish soda bread. Since raw milk is almost impossible to obtain here in the United Kindom, only from the farm gate, I have never used it so can give no informed opinion on it.
Pasteurized milk that has soured naturally has NOT gone rancid, It has been fermented under the action of naturally occuring lacto bacilli in the same way as it effects raw milk. While I sense a movement to return to raw milk, this product was prohibited for sale for the reason that it could possibly be unsafe, harbouring all kinds of pathogens which the pasteurization process kills. I would be reluctant to drink raw milk myself, unless it had soured. The presence of lacto bacilli and its acid environment kills off pathogens which cannot survive in such an environment. Rancid is an emotive word and is not the term that describes soured milk which is a quite naturally occuring process.
What would be the ratio of baking soda to 1 C. of sour milk?
Whomever it was that said raw and pasteurized milk are the same is lacking in the knowledge department. When you pasteurize something, you kill it - good and bad alike. Therefore, there is no such thing as 'naturally soured' pasteurized milk. If it turns, it is spoiled and if consumed will make you sick. Not so with soured raw milk. In fact, it's better for you that way than before because the good bacteria has multiplied and produced more goodies for your body.
Now, if you add an acid or the like to 'regular' pasteurized milk, you'll get a clabber that's much like soured milk in consistency, but it's not the same at all.
And before you start attacking what I have to say, my family (including my children) have been consuming raw milk for over seven years with no ill effects whatsoever. In fact, quite to the contrary, we don't get sick near as much as we used to on store-bought milk. Look at the link provided before for Weston A. Price Foundation - there are many resources that prove that raw milk is better for you and the environment.
What is the difference between sour milk and bad milk? Can I use sour milk in baking? My carton says 11/26.
By nonna1 from Montclair, NJ
I always understood sour milk to be milk that is kind of old, starting to go bad but it's still not horribly bad. Some people call this blinky milk. You wouldn't drink it this way but it's ok to use in pancakes, quick breads, etc. Your carton says Nov. 26th so it won't be sour until some time after that. To make sour milk out of fresh milk, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk and stir. Let it stand for 10 minutes before using.
I welcome soured milk. I use it even if it has separated, just shake it up and use it. Very good for baking anything, use in place of liquid. The best light pancakes you can have. I keep it in the fridge for a very long time. Makes nice bread also.
Soured milk goes through a rancid stage when it smells and tastes bad (you would probably call this "spoiled milk". At this stage, leave it out of the fridge until it coagulates (a day or so, depending on the temperature). You will find that the bad smell and taste have gone. Replace it in the fridge until the sour milk is quite cold. You can either drink it or cook with it (stir first). The taste is fresh and rather like a mild, natural yoghurt. Many Europeans make sour milk as a drink to have with a meal.
Brenda from Oz.
Sour milk only occurs when you have raw milk that has not been pasteurized/homogenized. If you have store milk that smells or tastes nasty, throw it out, it can make you violently sick. Sour milk, on the other hand, has more beneficial bacteria, and is quite good for you. If allows to separate, you can use the curd as sour cream, cream cheese (if you drain it off and allow it to sit in a strainer to get more whey out), and the like, it's much like yoghurt in that aspect. You can also use the whey (the watery liquid left after the curds separate) for many things too.
What are some good, easy recipes that use sour milk?
Very healthy hair rinse.
How old can sour milk and buttermilk be before it's not good to ingest? I am now an old man, alone and don't know much about cooking.
By JG from Holt, MI
unless you bake you probably don't want to eat it
i sincerely don't think there's anything you can do with it if you are not going to be baking with it
you could swap it with a neighbor who DOES bake