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Old 08-02-2015, 06:19 AM   #1
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Making buttermilk from scratch

I need to make some buttermilk, but I don't have any on hand right now. All I've got is ultrapasturized milk and time on my hands. Is there a way to culture milk and make it into buttermilk. What would happen if I cover some milk with a coffee filter and let it breathe for a few days? I've also heard that apple juice is good at helping culture lactobacillus. Any thoughts?

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Old 08-02-2015, 06:32 AM   #2
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I need to make some buttermilk, but I don't have any on hand right now. All I've got is ultrapasturized milk and time on my hands. Is there a way to culture milk and make it into buttermilk. What would happen if I cover some milk with a coffee filter and let it breathe for a few days? I've also heard that apple juice is good at helping culture lactobacillus. Any thoughts?
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Old 08-02-2015, 06:59 AM   #3
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Sounds like I'm not going to get away with starting a culture on my own then....
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Old 08-02-2015, 07:27 AM   #4
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Sounds like I'm not going to get away with starting a culture on my own then....
I understand wanting to do it "from scratch." But keep in mind, unless you have to money to cover the waste when things go wrong, and you have to start from scratch again, keep in mind, that when working with food from animals can be dangerous unless you really know what you are doing. There are very few foods of the veggie or fruit type that can give you salmonella born poisoning like animal products. I don't want to discourage you from trying to make your own food, just asking you to be careful.

There are many folks here who grow and can their own veggies and fruits every year. It gives them a great sense of satisfaction to produce their own food and feed their families through the winter months with their own labors. Even if you live in the city, you can still grow your own food and can it. Take a deeper look at the "Prairie Homestead" site. She has a lot of ideas on how you can produce your own food and do it safely. Good Luck.
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If you just need some buttermilk to make a recipe, the quick and easy way is to add a little lemon juice to milk.
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Warm it up, but not boil, then add couple of spoons of lemon juice. It is not going to be exactly like buttermilk from store, but very similar product. Depending on why or what you're try tondo it might work.


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Old 08-02-2015, 09:49 AM   #7
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For baking you can make a buttermilk substitute with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar added to each cup of milk. Just stir and allow to thicken/curdle.
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Old 08-02-2015, 11:11 AM   #8
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Saco Foods makes a Buttermilk Culture that you can add to water or even milk products to have cultured buttermilk. It is an excellent product and saves a lot of time of running to the store for a quart of it already made. And considering you get more liquid product in the end, it is more cost effective.

I would suggest you take a look at their site and seriously consider purchasing this product. http://sacofood.wwwss16.a2hosted.com...ds/Layer-7.png
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Saco Foods makes a Buttermilk Culture that you can add to water or even milk products to have cultured buttermilk. It is an excellent product and saves a lot of time of running to the store for a quart of it already made. And considering you get more liquid product in the end, it is more cost effective.

I would suggest you take a look at their site and seriously consider purchasing this product. http://sacofood.wwwss16.a2hosted.com...ds/Layer-7.png
I keep a tub of their buttermilk powder in the fridge for recipes.
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I keep a tub of their buttermilk powder in the fridge for recipes.

I kept mine on top of the fridge, then after a couple years I read the label, that said,"refrigerate after opening."

It is a great product to have on hand.
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