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Don't Let Your Dairy Go Sour—Here's How to Use It

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If one were to do a taxonomy of the contents of the average omnivore's fridge, I would wager that this is what they'd find: an unruly and wide-stretching series of pastes and condiments (miso, gochujang, anchovy paste); a couple of wild leftovers (pizza, mashed taters, egg yolks, breadcrumbs); funky things in jars (pickles, kimchi, olives); and a many-armed swath of products united by their dairy status: yogurt, buttermilk, crème fraîche...

These are arguably some of the best dregs to have. Use them in any meal, sweet or savory, as a main player or dolloped joyfully on top. But use them: They'll only stick around for so long before venturing towards the sour or funky.

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Here's how to get to the bottom of whatever dairy dregs you've got:

Waste No Heavy Cream! Use the Last Few Tablespoons Like This
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Waste No Heavy Cream! Use the Last Few Tablespoons Like This

Turn all the cream into whipped cream (you can even make it ahead of time)! Drizzle over pasta! Or throw caution to the wind and add some to the milk you're making yogurt with.

9 Ways to Put Your Yogurt Dregs to Good Use
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9 Ways to Put Your Yogurt Dregs to Good Use

Speaking of yogurt—fold those leftovers into tuna salad, make a creamy salad dressing or pesto, or even shake it into a cocktail. (Really, really.)

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More: Yogrut + green sauce = something much more versatile.


How to Use Up the Last Few Spoonfuls of Sour Cream
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How to Use Up the Last Few Spoonfuls of Sour Cream

Extra-thick tzatziki, here you come. Sour cream frosting, cake batter—even fruit tossed with a little sour cream and brown sugar—are all good options, too.

How to Use Every Spoonful of Crème Fraîche
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How to Use Every Spoonful of Crème Fraîche

Crème fraîche can make the humble lentil or mushroom positively sing, and bring buttery richness to panna cotta, cheesecake, or a coddled egg.

So You Have an Overload of Butter—Now What?
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So You Have an Overload of Butter—Now What?

Uh, lucky you. Freeze it! Or turn it into semifreddo or shortbread or make yourself a stash of pie crusts.

10 Ways to Turn Cheese Nubs into Meals
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10 Ways to Turn Cheese Nubs into Meals

Cheese toasts, gratins, pimento cheese, a giant, cheese-topped puff pastry appetizer—all within reach.

How to Use Up the Last of Your Lingering Buttermilk
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How to Use Up the Last of Your Lingering Buttermilk

If you're looking for an excuse to make waffles, this is it! Alternately, marinate meat in it, dredge chicken in it, dress potato salad with it, bathe in it (just kidding...).

What dairy dregs are taking up space in your fridge right at this moment? (Cream cheese? Me, too.) Tell us in the comments—we might give you some ideas for how to use them!

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