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20 Ways to Use a Cup of Buttermilk

Buttermilk is something that always lingers in my fridge. I buy it for salad dressing, or something like that, and then have at least two more cups to use once I’ve made the dish I bought it for. I hate to waste food so I often end up baking with it or using it for some other delicious treat. In fact, sometimes buttermilk moves from being a side ingredient to being the main flavor! Buttermilk does such a great job of making cakes sweet and moist, dressings smooth and tangy, and fried chicken taste just right. Here are some delicious ways you can use up a cup of buttermilk from your fridge tonight!

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    20 Ways to Use a Cup of Buttermilk

    If you have buttermilk in your fridge here are some terrific treats you can whip up with it in minutes!

  • Strawberry Buttermilk Pancakes 2 of 21
    Strawberry Buttermilk Pancakes

    Buttermilk lends a great tang to these delectable pancakes. Make them with your kids and let them top 'em with chocolate and strawberries!

    Photo: Nicole Presley

  • Orange Buttermilk Donut Pops 3 of 21
    Orange Buttermilk Donut Pops

    Soft donuts are even better when made with buttermilk. Make these fantastic donut treats for your family with some buttermilk and enjoy them after school.

    Photo: Nicole Presley

  • Cinnamon Swirl Buttermilk Muffins 4 of 21
    Cinnamon Swirl Muffins

    These cinnamon swirl muffins are moist and rich from the addition of buttermilk. Swirl in some cinnamon sugar and you've got the perfect breakfast muffin in minutes!

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

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    Creamy Buttermilk Dressing

    This tangy buttermilk dressing is perfect on all kinds of salads and sandwiches. Make it with just that little bit of buttermilk you have left - it is just the right amount for all your vegetables!

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Buttermilk Banana Bread 6 of 21
    Buttermilk Banana Bread

    This delicious banana bread is moist and rich from the addition of buttermilk. Bake it up for your kids with some leftover bananas and pack it for snack tomorrow!

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Bed & Breakfast Buttermilk Pancakes 7 of 21
    bed and breakfast buttermilk pancakes

    Have you ever wondered how to make those ah-mazing pancakes just like you get from room service? Use a little buttermilk and whip them up in no time with this recipe!

    Photo: Average Betty

  • Scratch Buttermilk Biscuits 8 of 21
    scratch buttermilk biscuits

    The classic buttermilk biscuit is always a welcome nibble. Whisk these together quickly with a little buttermilk and bake them up for breakfast!

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Cheese Drop Buttermilk Biscuits 9 of 21
    cheese drop buttermilk biscuits

    If you don't want to fuss with the biscuit cutters make these easy drop scones. The batter comes together with lots of cheese and buttermilk and a touch of flour.

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Blackberry Buttermilk Upside-Down Cake 10 of 21
    Blackberry Buttermilk Upside Down Cake

    A quick snack cake can be whipped up with touch of buttermilk and fresh berries. Turn it upside down and serve it with whipped cream.

    Photo: Brooke McLay

  • Chocolate Buttermilk Quick Cake 11 of 21
    Chocolate Buttermilk Quick Cake

    This quick one bowl cake comes together in a jiffy. The addition of buttermilk makes it sweet and tangy with just the right spongy texture.

    Photo: Jaime Richardson

  • Tangy Buttermilk Potato Salad 12 of 21
    Tangy Buttermilk Potato Salad

    Potato salad is made even better with the addition of buttermilk. The dressing is tossed with all kinds of delicious flavors everyone will love.

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

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    Buttermilk Fried Chicken

    Fried chicken is the best when it has been bathed in a deep bath of buttermilk. Make this up for your whole family for dinner tonight and serve a big side of mashed potatoes and gravy on side!

    Photo: Laura Levy

  • Blueberry Brown Sugar Buttermilk Cake 14 of 21
    Blueberry Brown Sugar Buttermilk Snack Cake

    This easy cake is rich with brown sugar and buttermilk. Slide it in the oven and enjoy the enchanting aroma that floats through your kitchen.

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Cornmeal Buttermilk Waffles 15 of 21
    Cornmeal Buttermilk Waffles

    It is not just pancakes that love buttermilk. Use buttermilk to make these fantastic cornmeal waffles, too!

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Buttermilk Syrup 16 of 21
    Buttermilk Syrup

    You might not suspect it, but buttermilk syrup is delicious when spread over fluffy pancakes, waffles, or even biscuits. Make this for breakfast tonight and pop it in the fridge until morning.

    Photo: La Fuji Mama

  • Chamomile Buttermilk Ice Cream 17 of 21
    Chamomile Buttermilk Ice Cream

    This creamy treat is usually made with whole milk but this time it is made with buttermilk. With the flavors of chamomile tea it really is a piece of comforting heaven in your freezer.

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Corn Bread with Garlic & Cheese 18 of 21
    Corn Bread with Garlic and Cheese

    Give corn bread a savory twist by topping it with garlic and cheese. This moist corn bread recipe is made with exactly one cup of buttermilk and tastes amazing.

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Honey Wheat Buttermilk Rolls 19 of 21
    Honey Wheat Buttermilk Rolls

    This moist and fluffy rolls are perfect for baking up with a little buttermilk. Make them for holidays or just any day around the house.

    Photo: Stacie Billis

  • Chocolate Chunk Buttermilk Zucchini Bread 20 of 21
    Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread

    Zucchini bread is just ho-hum until you make it with buttermilk. Then it becomes rich and dense and perfect to eat with a bunch of chocolate chips.

    Photo: Julie VR

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    Irish Soda Bread

    Classic Irish Soda bread gets its signature tang from buttermilk. Prepare to make it this March, or whenever you are in the mood for a salty smeared with butter.

    Photo: Julie VR

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