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I Have Leftover Buttermilk. Now What? 

Whether it’s a cup or just a few tablespoons, we’ve got ways to use up every last drop. 

Published Oct. 25, 2022.

Let’s set the scene. You buy a quart of buttermilk to make Sunday morning pancakes.

The recipe calls for one cup.

What do you do with the rest of it? Drink it? Bathe in it?

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In the test kitchen we’ve developed dozens of recipes to use up the rest of your carton of buttermilk. Here are a few of my favorites.

When you’re left with nothing but a glug?

  • Stir it into creamy soups
  • Add it to chicken brine
  • Make a tangy vinaigrette
  • Blend it into a smoothie
  • Whisk it with cream cheese for a tangier toast spread

Can’t decide how to use it just yet? Turns out buttermilk freezes really well. Simply pour it into an ice cube tray until frozen, then transfer your buttermilk cubes to a zipper-lock bag until you’re ready.

Because no buttermilk gets left behind.

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