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22 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Buttermilk

We’ve all been there – we make something that requires buttermilk and we end up with more than we need. So here’s a delicious collection of 22 ways to use leftover buttermilk that solves all our buttermilk woes.

Ways to Use Leftover Buttermilk

Over time I’ve learned to make my own buttermilk when I know I only need a cup: just mix a cup of milk and a tablespoon of lemon juice, stir then let sit in room temperature for 30 minutes.

But this is not for those times. This is for those times when we buy a carton of buttermilk with grand buttermilk plans that just did not happen! So whether you have less than a cup or more than 2 cups left, you’ll find a recipe in here that needs the perfect amount of buttermilk you have on hand.

Ways to use leftover buttermilk: less than 1 cup

Do you have less than a cup left? Don’t even think about throwing it out! Here are recipes you can use that for.

You can make delicious loaves and cakes. Like this Banana & Cardamom Buttermilk Loaf Cake from Janice at Kitchen Heals Soul.

Ways to Use Leftover Buttermilk

Or this scrumptious Banana Bread from Jessy at The Life Jolie.

Ways to Use Leftover Buttermilk

Not in the mood for cakes? No worries, you can also make muffins and donuts. These beautiful Blueberry Cornbread Muffins are from Tina over at The Worktop

Ways to Use Leftover Buttermilk

Brandy over at Nutmeg Nanny made these amazing Blueberry Lemon Thyme Muffins.

Ways to Use Leftover Buttermilk

While these lovely Raspberry Coconut Donuts are from Brie at Toaster Oven Love.

Ways to Use Leftover Buttermilk

Looking for something savoury? You can make pasta! Check out this Potato Leek Bucatini from Manju at Cooking Curries.

Ways to Use Leftover Buttermilk

(Up next – recipes that use 1 cup of buttermilk)


Friday 20th of December 2019

Thank you for this! I never know what to do with leftover buttermilk.


Sunday 24th of March 2019

My husband buys buttermilk for cornbread and I use the leftovers with my sourdough for blueberry pancakes and for English muffins. Cuz I can’t keep up with my starter otherwise, so it helps me use up starter and buttermilk. But I’ve recently given up sugar so I’m head over to look at the ranch dressing right now. I have buttermilk about to expire. Made pancakes this morning and grabbed the wrong bottle. Used the kefir instead of the buttermilk. Duhhh. Read the label Donna. Pancakes were fine but I still have half a bottle of buttermilk to use up.


Sunday 31st of March 2019

LOL I'm glad your pancakes still turned out ok! The ranch dressing looks amazing doesn't it? Hope you like it! My default for leftover buttermilk is usually scones or pancakes or waffles.


Thursday 25th of January 2018

I like how you provided recipes for different quantities of buttermilk. Sometimes I have 1 cup although most of the time more. I have 3 quarters of a carton left now, I hope to make something delicious from your list.

Marissa Zurfluh

Monday 1st of May 2017

I shouldn't read posts like these first thing in the morning. Makes me want to go grocery shopping and buy it all! These recipes look amazing.


Saturday 29th of April 2017

I have bookmarked it. Thanks for sharing :)