Did You Know – Buttermilk

  1. Buttermilk is a fermented dairy drink that is the liquid left behind after churning the butter out of the cream.

2. It can be drunk as is poured from the carton and is also used in cooking.

3. Buttermilk is wonderful when using in marinating things, especially chicken and pork.

4. Commercially cultured buttermilk was introduced to the US in the 1920’s and has been pasteurized and homogenized.

5. In America, immigrants made buttermilk popular because it was viewed as a food that could slow aging.

6. Liquid buttermilk is used primarily in the commercial preparation of baked goods and cheese.

7. Dried buttermilk stored in a sealed air tight container in a cool, dry location is shelf stable for 9-12 months.

8. Buttermilk solids are what is used in ice cream manufacturing and is added to pancake mixes.

9. 8 oz. of low fat buttermilk has 92 calories, 9 mg cholesterol, 238 mg salt, 7 G protein.

10. If you don’t have any buttermilk you can substitute it by adding 1 Tbsp. white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. Let it sit for about 10 minutes or until it curdles.

Source: Wikipedia

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  2. I’ve never drank buttermilk before but I’ve used it to make fried chicken and it’s a wonderful binding ingredient.

  3. I was a farmer .Cow milked milk separated .Cheese made what was left over went to pigs .Curd and whey, curd formed cheese ,whey fatterned bacon pigs. Blue milk is cream taken off .That is what some call buttermilk .Then butter is made of cream only .So buttermilk is just a dream

  4. It usually goes bad before I use it all, so I rarely get it. It does, however, make wonderful biscuits and pancakes. Lots of interesting info here, Diane.

  5. In the fall I love to make curried zucchini soup by putting a little buttermilk in a blender with steamed zucchini and onions and some curry powder. I top it with blobs if goat cheese and some crumbled corn chips for crunch. 😋
    P. S. I took some to a chili and soup potluck, and 3 people asked me for the recipe!

      • It is so thick and creamy that I wonder why people thought they could lose weight with it – it was recommended for an ulcer as it was so creamy and soothing. Hmm.

    • That’s so funny you say how bad it tastes to drink Ted. When I was a kid I loved it. When I used it in cooking and I had so much left I figured I would just drink it. It was awful! I hate waste so I found the powdered buttermilk and it was the best thing I ever bought.

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