Milk can be a fickle bitch sometimes. You want to buy enough so you're never in a bind when the late-night cereal munchies hit, but you also don't want to have so much it spoils in your fridge.
I ran into this problem a couple weeks ago when DairyPure sent me a literal shit-ton of lactose-free milk (apparently June is National Dairy Month, I don't know). I'm talking gallons upon gallons of milk and way more than I could ever drink all on my little lonesome.
We've all been there, but luckily there are solutions. So the next time you find yourself knee-deep in milk, don't panic. Find this list and use up that milk like it's nobody's business.
Surprisingly, this is a lot less complicated than it sounds. Check out this recipe for homemade mozzarella cheese to see how.
Make more cheese.
Not a fan of mozzarella? This homemade ricotta recipe has your back.
Add some to a banana cake.
If you happen to have too much milk and some overripe bananas lying around, Kavey Eats's recipe for gooey banana cake is a perfect and delicious solution. Also, we should probably talk about downsizing your grocery list.
Homemade yogurt tastes infinitely better than anything you could buy at the store. However, to make some of your own, you do need a little yogurt to get you started. Once you make some of your own, you can use a bit of that to start the next batch and the next batch... The yogurt cycle goes on and on. Find the recipe here.
Give yourself a milk facial.
According to Women's Health, milk has amazing benefits for your skin. Use extra milk to cleanse, tone and soften that beautiful face of yours.
Use it to cook chicken.
Faith Durand from The Kitchn says Jamie Oliver's recipe for chicken in milk is "probably the best chicken recipe of all time." With that resounding endorsement, why not try it for yourself?
Milk and pancakes go hand-in-hand for so many reasons. You can use milk in pancakes, you can drink milk with your pancakes and you can even use your homemade ricotta in some homemade ricotta pancakes. You're on your way to becoming a regular homesteader.
Macaroni and cheese... and milk.
Milk on milk on cheese on cheese. Check out Creme de la Crumb's pepperjack bacon mac and cheese.
Lattes for dayzzzz.
Don't spend five dollars on a latte when you have spare milk lying around! A Night Owl has dozens of recipes for lattes and mochas of all flavors -- even a pumpkin spice one. Where my fellow basics at??
As a side note, this is a great opportunity to practice your latte art.
Make it chocolate.
Chocolate milk is a classic favorite for a reason. It's sweet, nostalgic and even athletes drink it to repair their muscles after a tough workout. If you don't know how to make it yourself, you probably can't be saved. JK here's a bomb recipe.
Bring boys to the yard.
Here are 50 milkshake recipes to get you started.
If you're not inspired to do any of the above things, just freeze it. It'll be there when you need it.
Oh no! My milk is past the expiration date and stinks like sour armpits!
What did I say about not panicking? Even if your milk has gone a little sour, there are still ways to salvage it. According to TreeHugger, the key is to buy raw milk because even if it starts to go bad, there are tons of ways you can use it. You can use sour raw milk for baking, gardening, cooking, cheese-making, skincare, pet food, crafts and beyond.
But if that sour milk is ultra-pasteurized, just forget about it. It's dead and could potentially be harmful, so dump it down the drain -- or on your nasty neighbor's rose bushes. Not that I would know anything about that, but it's a thought.
Have fun milking your milk down to the last drop, y'all.