Are you wondering what to do with leftover buttermilk? This can be an intimidating ingredient to work with as it has a unique texture and flavor that often feels hard to incorporate into everyday recipes.
Today we’ll be giving you delicious ideas on how to make the most out of that spare buttermilk!
From crispy fried chicken sandwiches topped off with ranch dressing to rich pound cakes, and Bundt cakes bursting with sweet vanilla notes. Here are some tasty ways that you can use up all those leftovers in simple yet creative home cooked meals.
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Over 60 Leftover Buttermilk Recipes
We’ve collected some delicious and easy leftover buttermilk recipes sure to turn leftovers into a treat. Whether it’s transforming your buttermilk into fluffy pancakes, tangy dressing, or even light and airy souffles, this roundup of recipes will give you plenty of ideas on ways to use up every last drop. So, don’t let your leftover buttermilk go unused; take advantage of these creative suggestions.
Not only is it easy to prepare and cook homemade pancakes in just minutes, but it also satisfies all your cravings with its fluffy texture, scrumptious flavor, and hearty ingredients.
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These vegan buttermilk pancakes are light, cakey and super easy to make. Stack them up and drench them in maple syrup for the perfect Sunday brunch.
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The buttermilk makes the waffles tender, and it adds a nice tang. Add a drizzle of maple syrup for the perfect quick and easy breakfast.
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These Maple Bourbon Buttermilk Biscuits are flaky outside and tender inside with rich buttery flavor and a hint of maple bourbon and vanilla.
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Bold flavors. Topped with your favorite style of egg, this dish makes a tasty breakfast or brunch, but we love it for dinner too.
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These biscuits are tender, buttery, and filled with juicy fresh blueberries. Made with simple pantry ingredients, these homemade biscuits make the perfect breakfast or dessert treat.
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Make thees fluffy homemade buttermilk biscuits, and serve with honey butter, and jam. They’re beautifully golden brown and crisp on the edges yet fluffy and flaky with a little extra tenderness on the inside.
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Learn how to make a quick and easy recipe for soda scones to celebrate the day of the patron saint of Ireland. Both the Irish and Scots make these versatile scones, or white Bannocks.
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Here’s how to make homemade buttermilk biscuits that are soft on the inside, slightly crispy on the outside, and rise to impressive heights with layer after delicious layer.
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This tasty buttermilk French toast is golden brown on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It’s an easy brunch recipe to make for a crowd of people.
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Flaky and fluffy and melt in your mouth. If you’re looking for a make at home copycat recipe, we’ve got you covered! These will go great with gravy or fried chicken and potatoes.
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Dessert Recipes Using Buttermilk
This iconic cake can be made from scratch with a few simple steps. Top the cake with a whipped cream cheese frosting and your dessert will look like it came out of a bakery.
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Light and fluffy with a tangy lemon cream cheese frosting, it’s a delightfully refreshing dessert that your friends and family will love.
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You could simply make the cake itself without the flambe and caramel, it’s incredibly simple to do. Bake it in a beautiful Bundt cake tin for a gorgeous presentation.
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Moist and fluffy chocolate cake baked into adorable mini Bundt cakes and drizzled with chocolate ganache. This recipe makes 12 perfect mini cakes, perfect for any occasion.
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A light, moist chocolate cake, filled with creamy sweet pumpkin filling and topped with a not too sweet chocolate ganache.
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Combine lemon and blueberry flavors into one fabulous cake recipe. The moist and tender lemon cake is studded with sweet blueberries, then topped with a lemony homemade frosting.
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This easy, one-bowl 30 minute recipe makes a rich chocolate sheet cake topped with fudgy chocolate icing.
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The cupcakes are light yet don’t rise too high so the tops do not need to be cut off. Delicious and easy to make them look professional.
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Tender and delicious, never mind gorgeous decorated but really are very simple to make. Get yourself some donut molds so you can make these often.
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perfectly moist and cinnamon sweet with a little extra spiciness. Great as a breakfast treat with your coffee or as a delectable dessert for a special brunch or dinner.
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A light, fruity frozen treat with just a hint of exotic rose water, a perfect flavor pairing.
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A sweet cinnamon crumble topping adds some crunch to the perfect moist & fluffy muffin.
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Avocado Lime Crema with Yogurt is a lightened up healthy crema for tacos and so much more.
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Warm up with our comforting pear cobbler with spiced juicy sweet pears topped with soft and tender biscuits.
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It is a tender and moist muffin with warm cinnamon and nutmeg spices, with a decadent cinnamon sugar topping.
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Make these muffins in one bowl with fresh or frozen blackberries. The tangy flavors compliment the fresh fruit and lemon zest deliciously.
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This homemade Bundt cake is moist, flavorful, not too sweet, and packed with bananas. And that glaze really finishes off this dessert.
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Pretty cupcakes that are bright, colorful, and certain to brighten anyone’s day. With a yellow cupcake base and rainbow buttercream frosting.
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Bake the best of a brunch situation and whip up these tasty Buttermilk Blueberry Scones for your breakfast table. They’re so easy and quick to mix up using ingredients from the pantry.
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This German torte filled with buttermilk lemon mousse is one of the most refreshing, best-tasting cakes you can imagine.
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Red velvet muffins with chocolate chips are the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day this year. Tender and delicious and ready in about 30 minutes.
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There’s something so simple and so perfect about these soft vanilla sugar cookies. A soft, tender interior with just the hint of a sugary crunch on the exterior.
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Coated with sumptuous cream cheese frosting, this cake is moist, soft, and perfect for holidays, weekends, or just because.
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Easy to make and full of flavor. Using both bananas and pureed pumpkin, they are extremely moist and tender.
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Salads and Salad Dressings with Buttermilk
Unlike traditional Caesar salad dressing, ours uses no oil and no eggs in the dressing. Instead, it relies on tangy buttermilk and mayonnaise along with a few other ingredients to make amazing.
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Whether you put it on your salads, drizzle it on a sandwich, or use it as a dipping sauce, this salad dressing is just delicious.
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Sriracha Ranch requires just a few simple ingredients to make. A little Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, buttermilk, sriracha sauce, sugar, sea salt, dried parsley, and freshly ground black pepper.
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A zippy salad topper of your dreams! It’s packed full of flavor from garlic, herbs, lime juice and zest. And of course, it has a smooth, creamy texture and beautiful green color thanks to the addition of ripe avocado.
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This salad dressing is creamy, packed with protein and bursting with fresh flavor. It’s tangy and flavorful with buttermilk, lemon juice and plenty of fresh herbs.
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This dressing is simple, delicious, and perfect. Five minutes of prep with fresh ingredients.
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Dinner Recipes and More with Buttermilk
Buttermilk grilled chicken is so juicy, tender and flavorful that you’ll never go back to any other marinade.
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The perfect combination of flavors hot, crispy chicken melted cheese, bacon and that oh so dreamy Sriracha Mayo.
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Make this delicious twist from Mama Robin’s Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe (Pressure Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast) that took the internet by storm.
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Delicious copycat recipe right at home. It’s super easy to recreate at home and you can bite into this in only 30 minutes.
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Creamy and delicious, with the flavors of garlic, rosemary and tangy buttermilk! They’re an easy gluten-free side dish that the entire family is sure to love.
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Tender, delicious and just so easy to make. These small bite-sized pieces of chicken are full of flavor and can be baked in the oven or fried.
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Can buttermilk be frozen for later use?
Yes, freezing buttermilk is a great way to extend the life of it. For easier use in recipes, store in 1 cup portions in freezer-safe containers.
Since it is a liquid, when it freezes, it will expand. Therefore, leave room for expansion in the container. Your buttermilk will last in the freezer up to four months.
When you are ready to use, just thaw.
Is it safe to bake with expired buttermilk?
Generally, buttermilk can be used up to one week after the expiration date. However, before using, make sure to smell it and look for visual signs of mold and spoilage.
How to Tell When Buttermilk has Gone Bad?
There are three methods that I use to check my buttermilk to see if it is still fresh or has gone bad.
First, smell the contents. If it smells rancid, do not use, discard.
Secondly, look for a change in the consistency. The buttermilk should be smooth and creamy. It is is separating and clumpy, it is spoiled. Do not use.
Lastly, look for any mold or discoloration. This is a sure sign that the buttermilk is beyond the expiration point and should not be consumed.
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