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sour milk pancakes use up spoiled milk

“Sour milk” pancakes


The pancakes will make quick work of milk that’s starting to smell off.


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (can also use all purpose flour or a combination of both)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups milk that’s starting to spoil (but isn’t chunky and doesn’t smell absolutely terrible).
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil. I use canola.
  • Butter for the pan


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda) until well mixed.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and oil together.

  3. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until it’s relatively smooth, but don’t stress about some small lumps.

  4. Put a pan/skillet/griddle on medium heat, place a pat of butter in the middle and swirl it around.

  5. Ladle batter into the pan to create pancakes of your ideal size. (Mine tend to be about 3 inches in diameter.) Little bubbles will form on the pancakes’ edges. When they look “dried out” flip and cook for at least one more minute, until the center has cooked (You may need to test a few of the early pancakes to get a sense of the timing for your batter, skillet and stove set up).

  6. When each pancake is finished, I like to put it on a plate in our large toaster oven, which is set at “keep warm.”

  7. As you go, add more butter to the skillet as needed.

  8. We like to top with maple syrup, Nutella and banana.


Make sure to freeze some for later. They warm up perfectly in the toaster!

If you don’t have time to make pancakes when you first detect milk starting to spoil, you can freeze the milk for later. The amount of milk needed for this recipe is roughly the same as what fits in one of those tall, clear, roud takeout “deli containers.”