How to Make Your Own Buttermilk

| 5/11/2013 8:35:11 AM

Buttermilk is the secret ingredient to good baking and cooking. It is used in many recipes to add flavor. And oh what flavor it adds! Also buttermilk improves the texture of the food by making it lighter. Buttermilk can practically be used in any recipe by substituting it for milk when cooking soups, sauces, breads, desserts and much more. Also buttermilk can be used to tenderize meat, make homemade salad dressings, and used to make your own sour cream, cottage cheese, feta, and hard cheeses.

Once you discover the many uses of buttermilk you will be using it a lot. Instead of buying buttermilk make it yourself; it is so easy to make it at home. To make your first homemade buttermilk you will need to buy cultured buttermilk from the store. Once you use it to make your first batch of buttermilk you will need to retain at least a ¼ cup of your homemade buttermilk to make your next batch of buttermilk.

Homemade Buttermilk 

¼ cup of cultured buttermilk 

1 quart of milk 

Add Buttermilk Starter 

Texas Pioneer Woman
5/15/2013 7:28:24 PM

Yes, to make your first batch of buttermilk you do need to purchase buttermilk from the store. To make buttermilk you need a starter, which is your purchased buttermilk. You will only have to purchase buttermilk once because ideally you will need to retain at least a ¼ cup of your homemade buttermilk to make your next batch of buttermilk. The milk can be raw. If you do use raw milk you will need to pasteurize it by heating it over medium heat to 180 º F. I use pasteurized, homogenized store milk but, I sure wish I had my own milking cows! You are correct that making buttermilk is very similar to making yogurt. Yogurt is made at a bit higher temperature. Also as you mentioned yogurt is inexpensive to make. I love yogurt so much that I make my own and eat it quite often for breakfast topped with granola. Thanks for your comments!

5/14/2013 10:46:12 PM

TPW, interesting way to make butter milk into better butter milk. Does the milk have to be raw milk or can it be pasteurized, homogenized, store milk. It's very close to the cheap way to make yogurt. Have a great butter milk day.

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