Raw milk is such a versatile product.  On its own, without any added ingredients, it can be used for a number of things.  With just a few additional ingredients, this list multiplies exponentially.  The cheeses alone that can be made with a mere pinch of culture are countless.

If you ever find yourself with extra milk or soured milk – do not pour it down the drain!  Honestly, it doesn’t really matter how old it is – it does not “go bad” as pasteurized/homogenized/store bought milk does, but simply continues to “change”.  I’m sure that you can find at least one suggestion mentioned below to make use of your extra or soured milk.

Milk Based Recipes

  • Ice Cream
  • Smoothies
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Pudding
  • Milk Kefir
  • Yogurt
  • Use the Cream off the Top as Soured Cream to add to Mexican Food, Baked Potatoes, Soups, Chili, etc.
  • Make Cream Cheese
  • Make Cultured Buttermilk with a Buttermilk Culture
  • Ice Milk
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Homemade Cajeta
  • Clabber
  • Butter & Buttermilk

Baking or Cooking With Milk

You can use soured milk in pretty much any recipe that calls for milk and will never know the difference.

  • French Toast
  • Scrambled Eggs or Omelets
  • Quiche
  • Soak Oats and Make Oatmeal
  • Pancakes or Waffles
  • Cream or Alfredo Sauce
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Cornbread
  • Substitute Soured Milk for Buttermilk
  • Use Soured Milk rather than Water for Soaking Grains
  • Banana Bread, Pumpkin Bread, Zucchini Bread
  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Soaked Muffins
  • Use as a Marinade for Fish
  • Cream Based Soups or Chowder
  • Bread Pudding
  • Soak Chicken for Fried Chicken
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Chevre
  • Ricotta
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Feta
  • Mozzarella
  • Cheddar
  • Farmhouse Cheddar


Use for Alternative Remedies

  • Pink Eye
  • Sunburn
  • Poison Ivy
  • Dry Skin


“Other” Uses (non-consumption)

Maybe you’re just not there yet and still associate soured milk with the milk from the grocery store that has gone “bad”… There are plenty of other uses for soured milk that do not involve consumption.

  • Garden Fertilizer
  • Feed it to your Dogs or Cats (better yet, start adding raw milk to their regular diet!)
  • Bathe in it… or use as Conditioner
  • Make Soap
  • Use to Polish Silverware
  • Homemade Lotion
  • Let it turn to Clabber and Feed to Chickens or Pigs
  • Milk Paint

Freeze for later use!

…and last but not least, if for any reason, none of the above suggestions suite you – return the soured milk to your farmer.  I’m sure that he or she will be happy to feed it to the chickens or pigs.


Do you have any other uses for extra raw milk or soured milk?  Please let us know in the comments.

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