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Spoilt milk?

Postby baker's kilobyte » Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:13 am UTC

So, the expiry date on the milk carton says September 25, but I poured myself a glass and out came this weird creamy stuff. I think it's going bad, except it doesn't smell spoiled or anything. It actually smells a little bit like almond milk, but yeah. Anywho, I don't want to throw it out (there's only a bit left in the carton anyway) and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to what I could do with it. Any recipes that work well with ...bad milk? Except I don't think it's bad yet, but I believe I already said that.

(Oh, and Googling "spoilt milk recipes" didn't get me anything useful :(. Oh well.)

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Re: Spoilt milk?

Postby Axman » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:39 am UTC

I just use it to make pudding or banana bread.

I'm not saying it's wrong it's just uncommon.

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Re: Spoilt milk?

Postby baker's kilobyte » Thu Sep 18, 2008 3:20 am UTC

Ehhh, yeah it's one of those words that get me confused, but I find that my reflex is to spell it with a "t" in direct reference to foodstuffs, and with an "ed" when used anywhere else. I don't know why. *shrug*

Also, should I get rid of the watery part (whey?) when I use it?

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Re: Spoilt milk?

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:16 pm UTC

Shake it up first. Sometimes milk has a tendency to separate in the container. I think it's due to how it was processed. The sour smell could be from the carton's opening. Clean it off with a hot, damp paper towel. Pour a bit of milk into a glass, and then smell it. Does it still smell bad? If so, it's best to chuck it. You can use it for some baking recipes that call for milk, which should kill off most of the bacteria in the spoiled milk.

Of course, you could try your hand at homemade yogurt.

But, like my mom, who has a Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology, always says: "When in doubt, throw it out."
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Re: Spoilt milk?

Postby KingLoser » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:29 pm UTC

You can make scones with spoilt milk! I'm hopeless at cooking (maybe because I'm using spoilt milk...) so I can offer zero help on how...
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Re: Spoilt milk?

Postby Bakemaster » Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:29 pm UTC

As long as it doesn't smell questionable, you can use it in anything that calls for buttermilk. Use it as you would normal milk in a pancake recipe, or add a bit of it to your beaten eggs before cooking an omelette.

Incidentally, you can make a pretty good substitute for buttermilk by souring regular milk with vinegar or lemon juice. One tablespoon of the acid per cup of milk, stir and let sit for 5 minutes.
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Re: Spoilt milk?

Postby clintonius » Fri Sep 19, 2008 1:37 am UTC

I like the buttermilk trick, bakemaster -- I'd always wanted to make buttermilk pancakes instead of regular, and could never find the stuff.

Back to the point, though, am I the only one who looked at the phrase "I don't want to throw it out (there's only a bit left in the carton anyway)" in the context of this thread and just went, huh? I applaud your desire to do something creative with the stuff, but I'm not aware of milk having an almondy stage at some point between being drinkable and being rotten. I'd go so far as to say it's never a good sign when the smell of your milk != the smell of normal milk. Please, for the sake of your intestines, toss the stuff and buy yourself a new jug. Really.
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Re: Spoilt milk?

Postby Chai Kovsky » Mon Oct 06, 2008 3:38 am UTC

Well there's no use crying over it.

I would definitely chuck it. The bad smell comes from bacteria hitting critical mass, but just because the smell's not there doesn't mean the bacteria aren't, just that there's fewer of them.

On the general topic of spoilt milk, is there any way to detect its spoilage without smell? I'm anosmic and can never tell when milk goes bad without getting a mouthful of sour.
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Re: Spoilt milk?

Postby Klapaucius » Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:52 pm UTC

Chai Kovsky wrote:Well there's no use crying over it.

I would definitely chuck it. The bad smell comes from bacteria hitting critical mass, but just because the smell's not there doesn't mean the bacteria aren't, just that there's fewer of them.

On the general topic of spoilt milk, is there any way to detect its spoilage without smell? I'm anosmic and can never tell when milk goes bad without getting a mouthful of sour.


You could always stick your finger into the milk and see if it gets stuck. But that only works if the carton has been off for a long while.
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