Left with a carton of buttermilk in the back of the fridge? In this post, you’ll learn how to store and freeze buttermilk, plus pick up 40 leftover buttermilk recipes!
How many recipes do you know of that call for an entire quart of buttermilk? I know of exactly…ummmm…none. Which means if I buy buttermilk for a recipe, I usually always end up with at least 1 cup leftover. Sometimes I have a plan for the rest of it, but often it sits in the back of the fridge until it reaches nuclear status and has to be thrown away.
I hate wasting foods, so I turned to google to see what I could do with all that leftover buttermilk.
Of course, one option is to make another recipe using buttermilk. Below, I’ve included a list of some of my favorites from around the web. You probably already know the obvious stuff- pancakes, biscuits, waffles and the like. But did you know you can also use buttermilk in a savory soup? Or how about stirring some into mashed potatoes? Or using it to make the best chocolate bundt cake of your life? I’ve got over 40 ideas, both sweet and savory, lined up for you below. They’re divided into categories based on how much buttermilk they use, so you can quickly find the perfect recipe to make the most of that buttermilk.
But let’s say you don’t feel like cooking. In that case, you can freeze the buttermilk for later use. I use two different methods for freezing. The first is to freeze the buttermilk in an ice cube tray. Each cavity in my tray holds about 2 Tablespoons of buttermilk. Once the buttermilk is frozen solid, I pop them out of the tray and into a zip lock bag and save them for a morning when I’m craving buttermilk pancakes. 4 Tablespoons is the equivalent of 1/4 cup, so if you have a recipe that calls for 1 cup buttermilk, you’ll need 16 cubes.
The second method I use is to freeze the buttermilk in glass prep bowls in 1/2 cup portions. I do this mainly when I know I won’t need the prep bowls and when I want a larger portion set aside.
With either method, you simply thaw the buttermilk either overnight in the fridge or in a microwave safe container for 2-3 minutes. The mixture will separate during freezing. Don’t worry if it looks a little clumpy after it’s thawed. Just whisk it up and it’s ready to be used in all your favorite baked goods.
There you have it! Be sure to check out the recipes below if you’re stumped for ways to use up every drop of your buttermilk!
Less than 1 cup
Vanilla Orange Buttermilk Biscuits from NeighborFood
Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Buttermilk Hazelnut Praline Cake with Chocolate Frosting from Vintage Kitchen Notes
Strawberry Buttermilk Scones from Vintage Kitchen Notes
Buttermilk Syrup from Cookin Mimi
Irish Soda Bread with Brown Butter from The Food Charlatan
DIY Creme Fraiche from Cookistry
Parmesan and Cheddar Mini Scones from A Dusting of Sugar
Skinny Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Chives from Skinny Taste
Mini Buttermilk Monkey Breads from Bakeaholic Mama
Lemon Blueberry Crumb Bread from NeighborFood
Blueberry Pancake Cupcakes from Annie’s Eats
Overnight Buttermilk Cinnamon Rolls from Averie Cooks
Double Chocolate Waffles with Strawberries and Whipped Cream from NeighborFood
Perfect Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes from NeighborFood
Banana Caramel Bundt Cake from NeighborFood
Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Sprinkles from NeighborFood
Triple Chocolate Punch Bowl Cakes from NeighborFood
Blueberry and Banana Buttermilk Smoothie from Spoon Fork Bacon
Strawberry Rhubarb Dream Cake from Joanne Eats Well With Others
Double Chocolate Buttermilk Bread from Bobbi’s Cozy Kitchen
Chocolate, Banana, and Buttermilk Muffins from Omeletta
Cranberry and Sage Biscuits from Girl In the Little Red Kitchen
Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Balsamic Drizzle from Omeletta
Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread from Or Whatever You Do
Buttermilk and Strawberry Panna Cotta from A Cozy Kitchen
Ricotta Pancakes from The Foodie Army Wife
Buttermilk Fried Chicken from Noshing with the Nolands
Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes from Small Wallet Big Appetite
Brown Buttered Sweet Potato Buttermilk Rolls from Girl Versus Dough
Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes from Rachel Cooks
Buttermilk Ice Cream from Webicurean
Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits from Meal Planning Magic
Barbecue Buttermilk Onion Rings from Joy The Baker
Buttermilk Roast Chicken from Food Lust People Love