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Old 11-29-2011, 12:19 AM   #1
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What can I cook with Buttermilk?

So tonight I made my fried chicken which I always use buttermilk for. Problem is the smaller cartoon of buttermilk was more expensive than the 1/2 gallon Kroger brand. I hate to waste so much! So what else can I do with buttermilk? Nothing too elaborate please! I used about half the cartoon for the chicken.

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Old 11-29-2011, 12:37 AM   #2
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I am a sucker for buttermilk pancakes....
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Hmm. I do have pancake mix! Thanks for the idea.

Any others?
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:44 AM   #4
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You don't need no mix...

Cup buttermilk
Cup flour
2tbl sugar
pinch salt
tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 egg
3Tbs butter


Mix the dry stuff together
melt the butter and mix the wet stuff together
Mix the two parts together gently, if too thick thin with a bit more buttermilk (or regular) and ladle onto a hot griddle.

Flip, plate, eat, enjoy.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:50 AM   #5
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Whenever I have leftover buttermilk I usually make banana bread.

Well... provided I also have leftover bananas.

Homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is another option.
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:12 AM   #6
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buttermilk is a great marinade base.

mix 2 cups buttermilk and a good squirt of hot sauce, toss in oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp, etc., and marinate for an hour. add powdered cayenne for more heat.
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toss marinated seafood in seasoned flour,

deep fry at 375 for just a minute or so until golden.

serve on tartar sauced toasted buns.
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:09 AM   #7
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We can only buy buttermilk in little pots, I use quite a lot making Irish Soda Bread and Serbian Proja (cornbread) and scones. Has anyone tried to make it?
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:14 AM   #8
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Here's something I've bookmarked for next time I make pancakes. If you try it, let us know how it turns out!

Buttermilk Caramel Syrup

1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter*
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

In a large saucepan, bring buttermilk, sugars, and butter to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat andwhisk in soda and vanilla. It will bubble up a lot. Hopefully you used a large saucepan like I told you. As it cools, the bubbles will go away.

*Notes:

-The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup butter. I cut back to 1/4 cup to save my waistline and my husband’s cholesterol, but you can feel free to use all of it if you so desire. I won’t stand in your way.

-This stuff is so delicious, we haven’t gone back to maple syrup. We also use it on buttermilk pancakes, waffles, and German pancakes. It can also be served over ice cream.

-Several readers have asked how long this will keep in the refrigerator. I’m not exactly sure because with 4 hungry boys we finish things off pretty fast. But I know we’ve kept some for at least 2-3 months and it was just fine.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:45 AM   #9
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pancakes waffles biscuits corn bread all respond well to buttermilk. Use in mashed potatoes. Use as marinade for chicken, calamari, batter dip for catfish. Use in smoothies in place of yogurt. Buttermilk will keep longer than whole milk in your fridge.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:47 AM   #10
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You can freeze buttermilk. I usually freeze it in one cup containers to use later. It does tend to seperate, but it works for baking. Buttermilk waffles are great. I use the recipe in Better Homes and Gardens "red and white" cookbook. I add freshly ground cardamon and orange zest.

Here's a link with a bunch of recipes using buttermilk:

All buttermilk recipes | quick and easy free printable buttermilk recipe

I like to mix it with half and half with orange juice or lemonade for a refreshing beverage when it is hot outside--a treat we used to drink on the Island of Juist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juist). But I guess the taste of buttermilk is an acquired taste. It is a probiotic, so it is good for you <g>.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:24 AM   #11
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Thanks for the link CW.........In the style of Homer S Buttermilk Donuts
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:27 AM   #12
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Making Buttermilk

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We can only buy buttermilk in little pots, I use quite a lot making Irish Soda Bread and Serbian Proja (cornbread) and scones. Has anyone tried to make it?
Although I wouldn't neccessarily drink it, You can make buttermilk using cream of tartar or lemon juice and regular milk. 1 cup of milk to 1 T cot or lemon juice. Stir every few minutes and after 15 minutes or so you have "buttermilk" If you leave it too long you will need to stir it really well because it will curdle. It work OK in cooking or baking.
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I don't know why people don't drink buttermilk--when I go to the States, I always buy 1 gal of buttermilk--it is so much cheaper in the States. Going down Thursday to get car parts...if you like yogurt drinks, making them with buttermilk works (smoothies). And, I have powdered buttermilk (notice PF, I did not abbreviate that to bm this time <g>) on hand for baking. I also add buttermilk to my sr. dogs' food--probiotic and an appetite stimulator. My mother won't eat yogurt, but I can always get her to drink buttermilk when I'm there. I guess it is a holdover from when she was growing up and the neighbour had a milkhouse and kept buttermilk in the summer in it...one of the Saints I fostered (and then adopted) would only eat his food with buttermilk on it for about the first 4 months I had him.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:55 AM   #14
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I love buttermilk. I'd never have any for cooking if I kept it on hand.
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I love buttermilk. I'd never have any for cooking if I kept it on hand.
That's why I buy a gallon when I go to the States...if I don't freeze some of it, I tend to drink it! My latest thing is to add about 1 T of pomagrante syrup to it...tart, sweet, yum...
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So tonight I made my fried chicken which I always use buttermilk for. Problem is the smaller cartoon of buttermilk was more expensive than the 1/2 gallon Kroger brand. I hate to waste so much! So what else can I do with buttermilk? Nothing too elaborate please! I used about half the cartoon for the chicken.
It's the same way at my store. The half gallon is a buck less than the quart. Weird.

I freeze mine. The only thing I use mine for is as a treat for my cat Dinky. It takes a day out of the freezer into the fridge to thaw it, then, a good shake and it seems just as good as before freezing.

I'll have to try your pancake recipe Frank. I love pancakes but seldom eat them because I can only eat two and I'm stuffed. Hardly seems worthwhile to make enough batter for only two pancakes.

Maybe I can scale the recipe down to make only enough for a couple pancakes. It makes me crazy to waste food.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:43 PM   #17
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I feed Kathleen and I on that recipe.
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:05 PM   #18
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I made some cupcakes that used buttermilk, the recipe is here.
I also soaked a tenderized pork loin in buttermilk to make a deep fried pork loin sandwich.
And I dumped the rest...
I have a hard time using buttermilk up because I don't like the taste on its own.
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Tomato Buttermilk Sauce

I LOVE buttermilk pancakes, too...I make them with whole wheat flour.

Another idea: Ever used the old "Laurel's Kitchen" cookbook? It has an excellent recipe for a tomato buttermilk sauce that I make and use for a beef stroganoff-type dish that goes great with noodles. Something like this:

*Saute half a chopped onion in 2 TBS butter (can use oil, but butter tastes better).
*Mix in 2 TBS flour.
*Stir in 2 TBS tomato paste, 1 tsp basil, a little salt and pepper, and a dash of garlic powder.
*Add 1 C buttermilk and heat gently (don't simmer).
*Stir in already-cooked strips of beef (sliced flank steak or other lean cut).

I love this!
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Use buttermilk in place of regular milk in your favorite cornbread recipe.
Buttermilk gives ice cream a great flavor. Almost like frozen yogurt with just that bit of tang.
If you have a bread recipe that calls for milk, try subbing in some buttermilk instead.
All sorts of uses.
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