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The taste of soured, mouth-puckering, milk isn’t easily forgotten. Somehow that last bit of milk in the gallon never seems to have a long enough shelf life to finish. To keep your milk from spoiling, we have rounded up 24 recipes that will keep you using milk for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until the last drop is poured.

Instead of pouring money and nutrients down the drain, check out these recipes that include everything from healthy yogurt to hearty lasagna so you don’t find yourself on the wrong end of a glass of spoiled milk.

Milk is an excellent source of calcium, and it’s also fortified with vitamin D, making it one of the only dietary sources of the vitamin, which we otherwise create by absorbing sunlight.

In addition to being a nutritious food, milk is used in so many different recipes that if you plan your meals, it shouldn’t be hard to finish off a gallon a week cooking for a hungry family. Use milk to DIY your own yogurt and ricotta cheese from scratch for a fun kitchen project. Additionally, you can use your extra milk for make-ahead lasagna casseroles with a creamy béchamel sauce, meal prep breakfast with overnight oats or chia pudding, or fiber-rich oatmeal pancakes for a weekend brunch.

For more delicious ways to finish off a gallon of milk, check out these 24 recipes that are sure to keep you cooking from breakfast through dinner.

1-Minute Sausage and Cheese Omelette

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1-Minute Sausage and Cheese Omelette

No time for breakfast? No problem! This sausage and Cheddar omelette can be made in the microwave in just a minute. All you need is one minute for a delicious breakfast! — American Egg Board

For the 1-Minute Sausage and Cheese Omelette recipe, click here.

 

Apple Berry Baked Oatmeal

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Apple Berry Baked Oatmeal

A double dose of vanilla — in both the yogurt and vanilla extract — makes this easy, baked breakfast dish irresistibly rich and fragrant. Serve at brunch, or cut into slices and pack for breakfast, to eat warm or cold. If you prefer, use other frozen fruit like sliced peaches or pitted cherries instead of berries. — Whole Foods Market

For the Apple Berry Baked Oatmeal recipe, click here.

 

Authentic Scottish Porridge

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Authentic Scottish Porridge

The Scots have been enjoying their porridge for centuries, and rightly so. Made from oats, which are one of the few grains that grow well in Scotland's climate, Scottish porridge is tasty and nutritious, and it's also packed full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. As part of a healthy diet, it's a great way to help reduce cholesterol, and the slow-release carbs mean it keeps you full (and full of energy) until lunchtime. —Scottish At Heart

For the Authentic Scottish Porridge recipe, click here.

 

Banana Tapioca Pudding

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Banana Tapioca Pudding

This tapioca pudding is flavored with ripe bananas to create a sort of hybrid banana pudding-tapioca pudding dish. The lime zest adds just a hint of tropical flavor. This pudding is easy to make for a quick dessert or midday sweet snack.

For the Banana Tapioca Pudding recipe, click here.

 

Barbecue Chicken Mac and Cheese

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Barbecue Chicken Mac and Cheese

The barbecue chicken gives this mac and cheese recipe that boost of protein needed to make it a nutritious and filling meal. You can make it ahead and heat it up in the microwave just before enjoying.

For the Barbecue Chicken Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Breakfast Poppers with Grits and Bacon

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Breakfast Poppers with Grits and Bacon

Kick brunch up a notch with these poppable party foods. You’ll love the crunch of the breaded exterior and rejoice at the creamy, bacon-filled centers. These are great to pass around to get your guests excited for the brunch ahead. — Lauren Gordon

For the Breakfast Poppers with Grits and Bacon recipe, click here.

 

Broccoli Alfredo

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Broccoli Alfredo

This Alfredo recipe uses canned condensed cream of mushroom soup and milk instead of the heavier cream traditionally used to give the dish that creamy texture and rich taste.

For the Broccoli Alfredo recipe, click here.

 

Butterscotch Panna Cotta

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Butterscotch Panna Cotta

Milk is an ingredient I’m constantly working with. I’m often creating new recipes with it such as poached fish and variations of Jell-O. This panna cotta recipe is one of my favorite recipes using the ingredient. —David Burke

For the Butterscotch Panna Cotta recipe, click here.

 

Chia Cornbread Muffins

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Chia Cornbread Muffins

These corn muffins are packed with healthy grains, including whole wheat flour and chia seeds, making them a not-so-bad midday snack or side dish with dinner.

For the Chia Cornbread Muffins recipe, click here.

 

Corn Husk Meringue and Corn Mousse

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Corn Husk Meringue and Corn Mousse

This unusual dessert uses corn husks in two ways: in a smooth subtle corn flavored mousse and a crunchy meringue.

For the Corn Husk Meringue and Corn Mousse recipe, click here.

 

Cranberry Ice Cream

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Cranberry Ice Cream

A fun-flavored ice cream, best made in the fall with fresh cranberries, but also festive all winter long. — Michael Gabriel

For the Cranberry Ice Cream recipe, click here.

 

Custard Cream Pie

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Custard Cream Pie

“This old-fashioned pie celebrates the simple goodness of eggs, cream, butter, and milk,” says recipe creator Tom Hudgens. Check out the recipe to learn how to turn it into a classic banana cream pie with just a few additions.

For the Custard Cream Pie recipe, click here.

 

Easy Homemade Ricotta Cheese

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Easy Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Minimally pasteurized milk works better than the ultra-pasteurized brands at producing robust curds. Being the locavore that I am, I chose Hudson Valley Ronnybrook Farms milk for its extra creamy cow-to- table freshness and grass-fed flavor. — Lighthearted Locavore

For the Easy Homemade Ricotta Cheese recipe, click here.

 

Easy Overnight Tortilla Strata

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Easy Overnight Tortilla Strata

Turn milk, eggs, cheese, and tortilla chips into a delightful make-ahead brunch casserole with this recipe that will leave you more time to mingle with your guests.

For the Easy Overnight Tortilla Strata recipe, click here.

 

Fettuccine Alfredo

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Fettuccine Alfredo

This version of the classic Italian-American dish, fettuccine alfredo, is significantly lighter than the original, but you'd never know by tasting it. The key to this recipe is cooking the pasta risotto-style, which coaxes the starch out of the fettuccine to create the rich and creamy basis for the sauce. After the pasta is done cooking, a touch of milk (or light cream) and a sprinkle of cheese are the finishing touches for this endlessly comforting dish. — Molly Aronica

For the Fettuccine Alfredo recipe, click here.

 

French Toast with Orange Yogurt

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French Toast with Orange Yogurt

This French toast recipe is a brunch favorite at NOPI in London. Yotam Ottolenghi uses a simple combination of milk and eggs for dipping his bread, but tops the finished French toast with a creamy, tart Greek yogurt sweetened with orange juice.

For the French Toast With Orange Yogurt recipe, click here.

 

Greek Lasagna

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Greek Lasagna

Greek lasagna, also known as pastitsio, is made up of a meat filling, a creamy white sauce, and pasta layered and baked in a pan until golden brown. — Emily Jacobs

For the Greek Lasagna recipe, click here.

 

Indian Pudding

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Indian Pudding

Similar to hasty pudding, this American version is made with whole milk, cornmeal, molasses, and eggs. The pudding is studded with plumped raisins, and spiced with ginger and cinnamon.

For the Indian Pudding recipe, click here.

 

New Orleans-Style Barbecue Shrimp with Cheese and Bacon Grits

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New Orleans-Style Barbecue Shrimp with Cheese and Bacon Grits

The grits in this rendition of the classic Southern staple, shrimp and grits, are cooked in a blend of milk and chicken stock giving them a creamy texture and lots of flavor.

For the New Orleans-Style Barbecue Shrimp With Cheese and Bacon Grits recipe, click here.

 

Oatmeal Almond Pancakes

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Oatmeal Almond Pancakes

Fizzled out on the same old flapjacks? These incredibly light-tasting and satisfying oatmeal-almond pancakes will turn breakfast from black and white into full color. To make these pancakes gluten-free, sub in almond flour for the all-purpose flour. — California Almonds

For the Oatmeal Almond Pancakes recipe, click here.

 

Pumpkin Rice Pudding and Walnuts

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Pumpkin Rice Pudding and Walnuts

This pumpkin spice rice pudding is made with whole milk and Arborio rice. The starches from the rice make the pudding exceptionally creamy.

For the Pumpkin Rice Pudding and Walnuts recipe, click here.

 

Slow-Cooker Easy Chocolate Pudding Cake

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Slow-Cooker Easy Chocolate Pudding Cake

We love homemade desserts, but they usually take so much time and effort to make. This dessert only uses a few ingredients to make a deliciously moist pudding cake.

For the Slow-Cooker Easy Chocolate Pudding Cake recipe, click here.

 

Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake

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Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake

This decadent milkshake is one delicious way to use up the remaining milk in that gallon jug. The milkshake is topped with torched marshmallows for an impressive presentation.

For the Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake recipe, click here.

 

Yogurt

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Yogurt

This two-ingredient yogurt recipe makes a cooling sauce that is perfect to serve with spicy meat dishes, mixed into marinades, or topped with fruit for breakfast. You can even use homemade yogurt to make delicious and healthy smoothies that taste like dessert. The possibilities are simply endless!

For the Yogurt recipe, click here.

 

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