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What To Make When Your Milk is About to Expire
Posted By Guest Writer On April 8, 2011 @ 3:55 pm In Frugal Living,Home and Garden,Organic and Green Living | 30 Comments
I am usually very frugal, especially when it comes to groceries, but there is one item that I indulge in: minimally-processed, organic, whole milk. It is twice as expensive as regular milk, but I feel it is worth the price.
Because of the extra expense, I am careful not to let a single drop go to waste! However, sometimes life happens and I end up with more milk than we normally consume with our meals.
That is when I pay careful attention to the expiration date and start working milk into more of my recipes.
Pancakes are my first line of defense against food waste because they can be made quickly and they don’t have to be consumed immediately. A single batch uses 1 – 1 1/2 cups of milk depending on the recipe.
I can use up quite a bit of milk and make mornings easier by making a double batch and freezing the leftovers. Pancakes will keep in the freezer for up to a month.
Check ou this Pumpkin Pancake Recipe.
**To make a thicker, pie-like filling, reduce milk to 2 1/2 cups.
My husband is not a milk drinker, but he loves yogurt. I can get him to help us consume our milk, by making a batch of yogurt. He stirs in homemade jam to sweeten it and then sprinkles it with leftover bits of granola or cereal.
Depending on how much milk I need to use up, I will look for dinner recipes that use milk like Scallop Potatoes (uses 2 1/2 cups of milk) or Pasta with Alfredo Sauce (uses 1 cup). However, if we are getting ready to go out of town and I don’t have time for any of the above ideas, I freeze my excess milk.
Freeze milk in quantities that you are most likely to use. Squeeze out as much of the air as you can and freeze it as flat if possible. Once it is frozen you can store the milk in the little nooks and crannies in your freezer.
Thaw frozen milk and use it as you normally would in your cooking and baking. I have actually used previously frozen milk in every recipe listed above.
How do you use up milk that is about to expire?
Alea Milham shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home at Premeditated Leftovers. She is committed to providing her family with homegrown, organic produce despite living in an inhospitable climate. Alea chronicles her gardening efforts at One Determined Gardener.
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