By Kim Biegacki pistachyoo
For those who love buttermilk and couldn't cook without it: I dedicate this to you.
My Grandpa Campbell loved his buttermilk and would have a glass to drink almost everyday. He would easily trick me when I was a child by saying: "you want a drink of milk"? and I would say yes. Only to find out that it was buttermilk. I eventully learned to look & see if there was a thick film on the glass to know the difference. Also, my Grammie loved baking with it too.
Now I have a new appreciation for buttermilk as I include it in my recipes.
Drop a note below & tell me why you love buttermilk.
Buttermilk is the low-fat portion of milk or cream remaining after it has been churned to make butter. Today, buttermilk is not a byproduct of butter-making, but is made from nonfat or low-fat milk that is “cultured” with lactic acid bacteria. Cultured buttermilk is low in fat and calories, but maintains its traditional tangy flavor and creamy texture.
Buttermilk was originally produced while making butter. The milk would often be slightly soured by naturally occurring bacteria before and during churning, giving the remaining butter-flecked liquid a rich, tangy flavor that was naturally full of nutrients. Rather than discard the buttermilk, dairy farms used it for drinking, leavening bread and for baked goods. The acid in buttermilk creates a rich, tangy flavor and tender crumb that is often preferred to commercial baking powder by many bakers today.
Buttermilk is made from pasteurized nonfat or low-fat milk to which a culture of Streptococcus lactis is added in order to produce acid that thickens and flavors the buttermilk. A culture of Leuconostoc citrovorum can be added to enhance the butter flavor (diacetyl). Butter flakes, salt or citric acid may also be added for flavor. Most buttermilk in the market contains 1or 2 percent milkfat or the same fat content as the milk from which it is made.
•Store buttermilk in its closed container in the refrigerator, which is typically set at 38?F-40?F.
•Buttermilk containers are stamped with a “sell by” date, which refers to how long the retail store can keep the product for sale on the shelf.
•Buttermilk can separate as it sits, so shake well before using.
Although buttermilk’s rich-sounding name and creamy texture suggest a high fat content, buttermilk is surprisingly low in fat and calories.
Nutrient Content of Buttermilk (per 1-cup serving)*
Low-fat (1% fat) cultured
98 Calories, 2(g) Milkfat, 8(g) Protein, 12 (g)Carbohydrates, 284 (mg) Calcium, 0.4 (mg) Riboflavin, 10 (mg) Cholesterol
* Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodc...
The acid in buttermilk, when combined with baking soda, produces light baked goods and adds extra tenderness, moisture and flavor. This acid also acts as a tenderizer when combined with seasonings in marinades for meat and poultry. Buttermilk adds low-fat creaminess and flavor to soups, salad dressings and sauces and can be substituted for yogurt or mayonnaise in some recipes. Buttermilk is an essential ingredient for Southern favorites such as buttermilk biscuits, buttermilk pie and Southern cornbread. Because of its low fat and high protein content, buttermilk can curdle when heated to near boiling. When using in hot food, add the buttermilk as late as possible during preparation, heat gradually and stir gently.
Cultured Buttermilk is made by fermenting nonfat or low-fat milk with lactic acid bacteria. Bulgarian buttermilk is a version of cultured buttermilk in which the cream cultures are supplemented or replaced by yogurt cultures and fermented at higher temperatures for higher acidity. It can be more tart and thicker than cultured buttermilk.
Powdered Buttermilk or “dry buttermilk” is buttermilk from which all the moisture has been removed. It is generally used for baking and if stored unopened, can be kept in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. Refrigerating opened packages will retain freshness.
Diane M. dinee - Mar 13, 2012
thank you for the info! It is helpful and thoughtful of you!
Kim Biegacki pistachyoo - Mar 13, 2012
Thanks Diane, glad you enjoyed it.
gaynel mohler gaynel - Mar 13, 2012
I read somewhere, you can put buttermilk, in with some skim milk and the cultures will produce buttermilk. not sure if it was true, I love buttermilk, even as a child. sprinkling pepper on the top and stirring it in.
julie jeorge julie12 - Mar 13, 2012
I love to take my Buttermilk and add Cornbread and some times diced raw onion sooooooooooo good
gaynel mohler gaynel - Mar 13, 2012
omg onions are the bomb !! love em on peanut butter sandwiches. craved them while pregnant in 78 and found out how good they are LOL
my older sister loves buttermilk over saltines. we all have a crazy concoction we secretly enjoy.