13 Best Sour Milk Recipes To Use It Up

Sour milk may seem like a waste product, but it can actually form the basis of several delicious recipes and dishes. Wondering how you can transform sour milk into something new?

13 Best Sour Milk Recipes To Use It Up

Then read on for our top 13 recipes to give your sour milk a new lease of life!

1. Sour Milk Pancakes

Sour milk pancakes may not seem like a delicious dish on the surface – but don’t be fooled by the seemingly strange combination!

These pancakes are surprisingly light and fluffy, thanks to the addition of baking powder. They’re also perfect if you want to use up any leftover sour milk in your fridge.

To get started, you will need :

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup sour milk
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ⅓ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

You’ll then need to combine all these ingredients until they form a dough-like consistency. After this, simply heat some oil in a pan over medium heat and drop spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil.

Let them cook for about 3 minutes before turning them over so that both sides turn golden brown.

2. Sour Milk Biscuits

For super simple, light, and fluffy biscuits, why not try something new with a sour milk recipe? You will need :

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tbsp baking soda
  • 8 tbsp cold butter
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
  • ⅔ cup sour milk
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 ½ tbsp honey

Mix everything until it forms a soft dough. Roll out the dough and cut it into circles using a biscuit cutter or glass. Bake at 200°C for 15-18 minutes.

3. Sour Milk Soda Bread

Soda bread is always a treat that is guaranteed to go down a storm – so why not make the most of your sour milk by creating something delicious? You will need :

  • 2 cups flour
  • 450g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 350ml sour milk

Combine all these ingredients until you have a smooth dough. Roll this out, and then pat it into a round shape and bake for 15 minutes at 230 degrees.

Turn the oven down to 200°C, bake for 20 minutes, and then turn over and bake on the other side for 10 minutes. When done, the bread should emit a hollow sound when tapped.

4. Sour Milk Gingerbread Cake

A festive favorite, this tasty recipe will go down a treat at any time of year! To prepare, you will need :

  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1⁄3 cup sugar
  • 2⁄3 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3⁄4 cups flour
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp ginger
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2⁄3 cup sour milk

 Start by creaming the first four ingredients in one bowl, and mix well. Fold in the dry ingredients, add sour milk each time, and mix.

Pour the batter into a pan, bake at 350°C and use a toothpick to check progress – once the toothpick emerges clean, your cake is made.

5. Homemade Cottage Cheese

Another great way to use up your own sour milk is to create your very own homemade cottage cheese – and this is easier than you may think! You will need:

  • At least 2 liters of sour milk
  • 6 tbsps white vinegar or lemon juice
  • 6 tbsps heavy cream.

To get started, simply bring the milk to a boil, and then remove it from the heat and stir in the vinegar. You will see yellow whey separating from the curds – allow this to cool for 30 minutes.

Add cheesecloth to a colander and strain the mixture, allowing it to drain for 5 minutes. Gather the cloth, and squeeze until all whey is removed.

You can then unwrap the cheesecloth and use the cheese as is, or stir in heavy cream to make cottage cheese.

6. Oatmilk Raisin Cookies

To add a unique taste to traditional cookies, try this recipe based on sour milk rather than buttermilk.


  • ½ tbsp vinegar
  • ¼ cup sour milk
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup cane sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups oats,
  • 1 cup raisins

Mix sugars and butter in a bowl, and then stir baking soda into the sour milk. Add the dry ingredients, and then mix into the creamed mixture.

Add raisins and oatmeal and mix well, and then scoop the dough onto a baking tray, shaping with your fingers. Bake for 12-15 minutes, remove and allow to cool.

7. Sour Milk Muffins

These muffins are delicious and easy to make, using only seven simple ingredients! They take about 25 minutes to cook, so they’re perfect for busy days.


  • 1 cup sour milk
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 egg

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, and then beat the egg in a separate bowl. Add the milk to the egg, add to the dry ingredients, and mix. Pout into cupcake or muffin trays, and bake for 15-20 minutes.

8. Sour Milk Spiced Cake

This spiced cake offers plenty of flavor and texture, making it an excellent choice for any occasion.


  • 1 cup Sour milk
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp raisins

Mix wet ingredients to form a paste, and add brown sugar. Add the other ingredients – minus the raisins – and mix. Once well mixed, add the raisins, then pour into a cake tin and bake for 40-50 minutes at 375°F.

9. Cornmeal Sour Milk Biscuits

Cornmeal biscuits are a classic Southern treat that are always popular. This version uses sour milk instead of buttermilk, which makes them even more flavorful.


  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • ⅓ cup cornmeal
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tbsp sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter (cold and cut into small chunks)
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat your oven to 425 °F and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Add the milk and lemon juice to a jar, stir, and sit for 5 minutes.

Add the baking soda, baking powder, cornmeal, salt, and sugar to a food processor. Blend, and then add butter chunks and pulse into breadcrumbs.

Add dough to a bowl with sour milk, mix into a dough, and then knead and roll. Cut out circles, add to a baking sheet, and bake for 12-15 minutes. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container.

10. Farls

Farls are a Scottish favorite, made from leftover oatmeal. In this recipe, you can use either regular milk or sour milk, depending on what you have available.


  • 2 cups flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 100ml sour milk
  • 2 tsp Apple cider vinegar

Add ingredients to a bowl and mix, and then add sour milk and shape the mixture into a dough.

Shape the dough into small circles, around 2 cm thick, and fry until the base just starts to catch. Flip over, and cook on the other side until done. Serve and enjoy.

11. Sour Milk Waffles

Waffles are a great breakfast option, especially when served with fresh fruit and maple syrup. These waffles are made with sour milk, which adds an extra depth of flavor.


  • 1 ⅓ cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sour milk
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 eggs

Sieve flour, salt, and baking soda into a large bowl. Then, separate the eggs in a separate bowl, and beat the yolks until light and fluffy.

Add the butter and sugar mixture to the egg yolks and mix, and then whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed. Add milk and dry ingredients to the egg yolk mixture, fold in the egg whites, and bake in a waffle iron.

12. Marinade

Another surprising use for sour milk is to use it to marinade your meat – this adds an unusual flavor profile that can bring the taste and flavor of your dish to life.

Simply allow your chosen meat to marinate in a dish of sour milk for a few hours before cooking, then remove, prepare and cook as usual.

13. Sour Milk Scones

These scones are perfect for brunch, and they’re also delicious served warm with jam and cream cheese. They’re also very easy to make, so there’s no excuse not to try them!


  • 16 oz self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 oz caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3.5 oz cold butter
  • 10fl oz / 284 ml sour milk

Sift flour and sugar into a bowl, and rub in the butter to make breadcrumbs – you can also use a food processor for this. Add the milk a spoonful at a time, making sure it is not too wet, and bring it together in a ball of dough.

Flatten the ball on a floured surface, roll out, and cut out the shape of your scones. Sprinkle with flour, and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Final Thoughts

The uses for sour milk are endless, but these 13 recipes will give you plenty of ideas to get started – and you will never have to worry about throwing out milk again!

13 Best Sour Milk Recipes To Use It Up

13 Best Sour Milk Recipes To Use It Up

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