I don't know about you, but I always seem to have leftover sour cream. I buy it for one reason or another and then it just sits in my fridge until it goes bad. I always feel like I'm being wasteful. 

After some careful consideration, I've come up with the ultimate list of 5 quick, cheap, and easy ways to change this. No more half-used sour cream containers going to waste. 


Two words. Taco Tuesday. You can whip up some simple meat and/or vegetable tacos, or try something a little more involved like homemade street tacos.

Add on the sour cream and pico de gallo to pull all the flavors and textures together. 

Baked Potatoes

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Sabrina Knap

Baked potatoes are a go-to of mine. You can go pro and actually bake your potato in the oven or follow this easy recipe to get it done faster.

Baked potatoes are a perfect way to get rid of your sour cream if you're being lazy and don't feel like cooking, but don't want to spend money on take out either. 

Potato Pancakes

You can go with some simple potato pancakes, or you can beef them up with a cheesy recipe. Top them off with some sour cream and green onions, and you're set. 

4. Strawberries and Rice

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Sabrina Knap

Okay, I know this one is going to sound weird but you have to trust me. My family is Polish and we always make strawberries with sour cream and sugar, and put it on a bed of rice.

It's a strange combination to Americans but it works, just like french fries and a milkshake. If that's too adventurous, the strawberries and cream alone are scrumptious. 

5. Face Mask

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If you're not hungry but still want to use up your leftover sour cream, these two face masks work wonders for either dry skin or blotchy and red/irritated skin. 

If you tried all of these recipes and still have leftover sour cream, you're buying too much sour cream and should probably cut back. Check out this article to learn how to grocery shop like an adult.