24 Things you can do with milk before it expires

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In this post you’ll read 24 things you can do with milk before it expires to help you reduce your waste.

Have you ever purchased more milk than you know and you asked yourself what to do with it?

Maybe you forgot you already had a carton of milk in your fridge. Here is how to preserve and use it.

So if you have cartons of milk in your fridge nearing its expiration date, these brilliant ways to stop wasting milk will give you the motivation to try a new recipe or a new milk craft skill.

Although milk is considered a valuable and nutritious food, 19% of the wasted food in USA are dairy products. Source

Throwing food away wastes all the resources ( land, water and labor).

So, if you want to go Zero waste, you definitely need to look for ways to stop wasting milk.

I wrote earlier few posts about how to reduce your waste to protect the environment, prevent pollution, preserve natural resources, and of course, save money. You can check out these posts:

Things you can do with milk before it expires

How to store milk properly?

Storing food properly helps to preserve the quality and nutritional value of the food you purchase, and also helps make the most of your food dollar by preventing spoilage.

Add to that it can help prevent foodbrone illnesses caused by harmful bacteria.

To keep milk fresh, it need to be refrigerated at a temperature of between 0°C and 4°C. Keeping milk cold is critical to ensure it stays fresh, lasts longer, and keeps it delicious taste.

Read more:

34 creative ways to use leftover food

24 Things to do with milk before it expires:

Here are some ways to use extra milk (and a lot of great milk recipes).

1- freeze it!

Yes! You can freeze milk. Just pour about 1/2 cup out of your plastic bottle or cardboard carton to allow for expansion, and then place it at the back of the freezer to ensure its temperature remains constant.

Milk can be stored frozen for up to 3 months.
Thaw milk in the fridge to ensure it doesn’t go above 4°C. Shake well before using to return to its smooth texture.

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2- Make feta cheese:

This homemade no rennet feta cheese recipe is so easy to make and will give you all the resources you need to make a wonderfully tasting cheese at home.

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3- Make Ricotta cheese:

Homemade Ricotta cheese made with fresh milk and cream, is so delicious, and an easy way to learn about the cheesemaking process!

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4- Make yogurt:

Homemade yogurt is easy to make. This step-by-step recipe is fail-safe way to make yoghurt at home.

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5- Try Turkish rice pudding:

Sutlac or Turkish rice pudding is a traditional Turkish dish made from rice mixed with milk and some other ingredients and flavored with vanilla.

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6- Make Condensed milk:

Homemade Condensed Milk using three simple ingredients. Its texture is supremely creamy and thick. This stuff tastes just like milky caramelized sugar!

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7- Bake cake with it:

An old-fashioned recipe for the most tender and delicious Hot Milk Cake! It’s just like the author’s grandma used to make, and melt-in-your-mouth.

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8- Make a delicious icecream!

Silky smooth, creamy, milky, and tastes like the cornflakes-soaked milk at the bottom of your cereal bowl – this Cereal Milk Ice Cream is a simple recipe with an unforgettably unique flavor that both kids and adults will enjoy!

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9- Make banana honey walnuts milk shake:

Banana, Honey and Walnut Shake is nutritious and delicious! Great for a snack or quick breakfast plus perfect for students as contains memory boosting ingredients!

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10- Make Biscoff milkshake:

This Biscoff milkshake is a delicious dessert to make with leftover milk. It’s refreshing, thick creamy and so good. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to put together.

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11- Make strawberry milk:

This recipe combines a homemade syrup made from strawberries with cold milk to create a delicious dairy beverage.

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12- Pamper yourself and children with a Babyccino:

Here’s how to make perfect homemade vanilla steamer – an incredibly comforting, warm, fluffy milk drink, with a touch of cinnamon and maple syrup. A simple, delicious, and winter-worthy warming drink for both kids and adults!

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13- Enjoy some Mexican ice coffee:

Mexican iced coffee is a refreshing and delicious drink that everyone loves. The great thing about it is it can be adjusted to suit your own personal preferences.

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14- Have you ever tried Starbucks Iced Green Tea Latte?

Starbucks Iced Green Tea Latte Recipe is a refreshing and healthy drink that combines the natural goodness of green tea with the creaminess of milk.

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15- Make golden milk:

Golden Milk is a delicious warming beverage for those chilly days that also packs in spices with a number of health benefits!

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16- Make banana pudding:

Banana pudding is a Southern classic, but everyone can enjoy these rich, creamy, silky banana pudding cups made from scratch. We’re using fresh ingredients with lots of variations to suit your tastes.

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17- Bake a Greek milk pie ( Galatopita):

Galatopita, (pr. Gha-lah-TOH-pee-tah), which translates milk pie in Greek, is a simple and easy Greek dessert, made with milk,eggs, semolina, butter and vanilla, which is baked in the oven.


Milk for skin care:

Many modern skin care products contain milk is a main ingredient. That’s because it’s rich in protein, acids, vitamins and minerals the skin needs to stay healthy and glowing.

18- use milk as a skin moisture:

Raw milk gives the best glow to your skin because it contain vitamins B12, A, D, B6, biotin, calcium, protein and other nutrients. So, if you want to keep your skin moisturised and even, apply the full cream milk on your skin once a day as part of your normal skincare routine.

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19- Make milk face-mask at home!

Mix two tablespoons of honey into one cup of milk and mix well. Apply this mixture onto hair and leave it for 20 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat this process weekly.
This mask helps hydrate, restore, and make hair shinier.
The protein content of milk strengthen hair and increases the growth of hair follicles, and it is a great cleanser of flaky, dead skin cells on the scalp.

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20- Use milk to treat sunburns and skin inflammation:

According to healthline, Applying cool milk with a wash cloth may help draw heat out of the layers of your skin after prolonged sun exposure.

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21- Milk is a great exfoliating scrub:

Use the milk to get rid of that top layer of skin and expose a brand new one. That’s because milk contains lactic acid, which is a form of AHA that works to reduce wrinkles and boost collagen.

To make natural milk exfoliating scrub at home, just mix 1 tablespoon of milk with 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of rose water.

Apply it on your face and neck, and leave it for 15 minutes. Then wash it with lukewarm water, and pat dry your face gently using a clean towel.

Repeat the process at least twice a week for the best results.

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22- use it to lighten and brighten the skin:

Using milk and rice face mask can help lighten and brighten the tone of your face and make it glow.
Mix 2 tablespoons of rice flour with enough milk to make a spreadable paste. Apply a thick layer on your face and neck and massage for a few minutes. Let it completely dry then wash your face with lukewarm water.
Repeat the process 3 times a week.


Milk crafts at home!

Learn how to make some fun and useful milk crafts at home:

23- milk soap:

Milk benefits for skin is well-known. So, why you don’t try this simple milk soap recipe from milky day that doesn’t require any special skills or much time to make.

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24- milk candles:

While candles add warmth and light to every space, they don’t last forever and can be a little pricey.
So, if you have extra milk, why not try making milk candles at home. Here is a tutorial to make these candles.


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