What to Do with Leftover Buttermilk

Buttermilk

Why does buttermilk usually only come in 32-ounce containers? I’ve never in my life needed much more than a cup, never mind four. I’ve washed precious amounts of all that tangy goodness down the drain once the expiration dates has come and gone, that is until recently when I learned this fantastic little fact:

YOU CAN FREEZE BUTTERMILK!

Now, after adding what I need to a recipe, I pour one cup portions of buttermilk into freezer-friendly bags or containers and store them in the ice box. Then, the next time I need it, no special trip to the store required. I just defrost the buttermilk in the fridge or on the counter and it’s “recipe ready” for fluffy pancakes, tender biscuits, and buttery scones. Be sure to give it a good shake before using.

Another terrific use for leftover buttermilk?  Homemade crème fraîche.  Go here to learn how.

What tips do you have for buttermilk?

 

Comments

05.24.2012 at 7:43 AM #

Pam Hochman

That’s a great tip! I sometimes have made my own buttermilk to avoid having that waste, and always feel it’s not as good as the “real” stuff

05.24.2012 at 7:48 AM #

Monica

Bless you for this! Always so frustrating and disappointing to waste it!

05.24.2012 at 7:48 AM #

Pamela

Thanks for this great tip!

05.24.2012 at 7:50 AM #

Annie

Perfect timing as I have almost a whole quart left over from a buttermilk dressing I made on Tuesday!

05.24.2012 at 8:58 AM #

Anne Mullen

Using only 2 cups for the fancy family pancake recipe – make Grace make them for you sometime – I, too, have the leftover problem. This is a great hint. Thanks!

05.24.2012 at 8:58 AM #

katiemorford

Hi Anne, I’ve been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of the family recipe!

05.24.2012 at 9:04 AM #

Heather

You can also “make” buttermilk by adding one cup of regular milk to 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Let it sit for a minute and then add the mixture to the recipe per recipe instructions. I use this all the time when making muffins (and finding, as usual, no buttermilk in my fridge!)

05.24.2012 at 9:04 AM #

katiemorford

I sometimes do that in a pinch, too. Thanks for sharing

05.24.2012 at 10:15 PM #

Amanda Andrus

I freeze milk all the time. Why didn’t I think about freezing buttermilk? Now I won’t let the fact that it is such a big container and I only need a little amount to discourage me from buy it and using it.

09.16.2016 at 12:13 AM #

Roberta

Thqnks for the tip I’ve wasted it so many time only needing a cup for cakes then never know what to do with the rest unless i make biscuts or bread

09.16.2016 at 12:13 AM #

katiemorford

I know, me too. If you freeze the buttermilk, give it a good shake after it defrosts before using.

09.20.2016 at 5:53 AM #

Mary J.

I also freeze left over sour cream and yogurt in 1 cup bags. It doesn’t have the right consistency to use as sour cream and yogurt after freezing, but it works great in baking or as a buttermilk substitute.

09.20.2016 at 5:53 AM #

katiemorford

Great tip! Thanks for sharing.

10.28.2016 at 6:04 AM #

Linda

Thanks for the tip I also would waste the buttermilk and when searching for new recipes to cook that required it I would end up skipping now that I can freeze it or make a substitute I can revisit those recipes

10.28.2016 at 6:04 AM #

katiemorford

Exactly!

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