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 Post subject: Re: Making your own buttermilk
PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:42 pm 
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I've also read you can freeze buttermilk. Does anyone have any experience with this? I froze some a couple of weeks ago, but haven't defrosted it yet, so not sure how it will turn out.


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 Post subject: Re: Making your own buttermilk
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:20 am 
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I have frozen buttermilk many times. What turns me off it is that it gets weird when thawed; it separates and goes watery. I'm told it's find to use but its appearance puts me off.


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 Post subject: Re: Making your own buttermilk
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:29 am 
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When I buy buttermilk here, it is quite thin. The stuff I've made from culture is much thicker. They behave fairly differently in -- for example -- a pancake recipe. I'm not sure what store-bought buttermilk in the US is typically like.


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 Post subject: Re: Making your own buttermilk
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:50 am 
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Paul, you're in France? Amirite? Buttermilk in Europe might actually be buttermilk, i.e. the liquid left over from making butter. If it isn't cultured, it won't be sour enough to raise a pancake or tenderize a biscuit. Here, buttermilk used to be leftover butter-making liquid, cultured either before making the butter or after, if the butter-maker was making sweet-cream butter. It eventually just became cultured low-fat milk, and now you can get "gourmet" buttermilk which is made with whole milk.


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 Post subject: Re: Making your own buttermilk
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:14 am 
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Paul's in Canada like me. I believe our buttermilk is cultured, not leftover from butter making.

I noticed on the weekend when I made Darcie's pancake recipe with actual store bought buttermilk versus my normal milk + buttermilk powder that the mix was thicker than normal. Inspired me to buy it more often but at 2.99/litre I tend to just go the sour milk or powder route since it seems like I toss some every time. I need to make more things with buttermilk obviously.


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 Post subject: Re: Making your own buttermilk
PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:09 am 
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The last couple of times I bought buttermilk I bought this brand/type: http://www.darigold.com/products/milk/3pt5percent-bulgarian-buttermilk
I believe it's a WA state company, I know it's available all over the PNW.
I liked this one better; it lasted w-a-y past the pull-date and still seemed to be just like it was fresh.


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