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Uses for buttermilk? Reposted

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Found this fantastic banana cake recipe which I've been dying to try. Only problem is that the recipe calls for only 1/3 cup of buttermilk and I've had a look at the supermarket and they only sell quarts of the stuff.

I'd hate to waste the rest of the buttermilk as it might end up sitting in my fridge for weeks. Does anyone have suggestions or other recipes buttermilk can be used for? I was thinking fried chicken but I don't think my arteries would like that very much.

Thanks

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  1. You can buy a can of dry buttermilk that you can reconstitute for recipes. I know there are some that will quibble that the quality is not the same, but for me it is worth it for the convenience.

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    1. re: Scribbler

      Also to be considered: a quart of buttermilk is about $1.50. Not to advocate waste, but if quality is important it's not going to damage your pocket too severely if some buttermilk goes unused.

      Perhaps the easiest options for using the excess are pancakes (so much better to make them yourself than to use a mix) and soaking chicken breasts. Soaking them in buttermilk before cooking increases moistness and improves texture immensely. And, if one is worried about arteries, much healthier than fried chicken.

      Ciao,

      rien

      1. re: rien

        For how long would you soak chicken breasts - like a brine, for a few hours, then pat dry, or what? Sounds like a great idea!

        1. re: DC in DC

          Rinse the chicken first, pat dry, cover with buttermilk, let sit (at room temp or refrigerate) for a half hour, then let the chicken drip back buttermilk back into the bowl for a few seconds before progressing. I don't bother patting them dry after.

          rien

      2. re: Scribbler

        It works just fine, use it a lot, but buttermilk it great for pan frying, I use it for fish and for chicken. It is a great marinade for chicken too to tenderiize. I have also used it on pork. I use it in dressing too and make some muffins or rolls and freeze them. It wouldn't go to waste that is for sure. Breakfast, pancakes, waffles or have them for dinner. I have used it in mashed potatoes, or even as a base for a cream sauce and in a casserole dish with potatoes, squash, or any of your favorites.

      3. Buttermilk Pie is also excellent. The best pancake recipe I have ever had is in the Edna Lewis/Scott Peacock cookbook. Plus, buttermilk keeps for WEEKS.

        1. Buttermilk Pie is also excellent. The best pancake recipe I have ever had is in the Edna Lewis/Scott Peacock cookbook. Plus, buttermilk keeps for WEEKS.

          1. I like to drink it by the glass.

            I also use it for smothered pork chops, any kind of cream gravy.

            1. It can be used in mashed potatoes in lieu of milk or chicken broth. Even works in the instant kind.

              Also, instead of frying your chicken, you can soak in buttermilk, bread, and bake it. I'm linking a recipe that I haven't tried, but I do something very similiar with chicken breasts. Can't find my recipe on line.

              Link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...