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What to do with Buttermilk?

stacylyn Nov 28, 2006 01:04 PM

I have a container of Buttermilk leftover from some Thanksgiving baking. What can I make to use it up?

  1. Xanthippe Dec 2, 2006 07:32 PM

    Nothing could be simpler than making creme fraiche at home; I've been doing it for years, alternating the "starter" as specified in the link (below). The highest open shelf in my kitchen is the perfect incubation spot, off the counter and away from possible accidents.


    1. AbdulSheikhMohammed Dec 1, 2006 07:52 AM

      I think I've seen a recipe somewhere for homemade creme fraiche using buttermilk and heavy cream. Basically, you just let it sit out on the counter for 16 hours or so. Something in the buttermilk keeps it from going bad. Keeps for a couple weeks in the fridge I think.

      I'll have some extra buttermilk whenever I get around to making a few things I've had in mind (biscuits and softshell crabs... not together). I'll give it a try then. It would be nice to have some creme fraiche lying around.

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      1. re: AbdulSheikhMohammed
        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 1, 2006 08:21 AM

        That only works if the buttermilk is a brand with active cultures in it, and I think some supermarket brands don't. Mexican crema is made the same way, with buttermilk or sour cream as a starter.

      2. cayjohan Dec 1, 2006 06:27 AM

        Buttermilk is wonderful as a palate-cleanser/heat tamer when eating any hot food. One can keep it around for lactose-intolerance reasons, but the food-enjoyment reasons far outweigh the former. Buttermilk is underappreciated outside of pancakes.

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          MaineMangoMan Nov 29, 2006 05:10 PM

          Buttermilk Buckwheat Pancakes please!

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            wabbitslayer Nov 28, 2006 10:48 PM

            Bake pan of cornbread in iron skillet; pour glass of buttermilk; crumble slice of cornbread into glass; eat with spoon.

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            1. re: wabbitslayer
              sheilal Nov 29, 2006 01:15 PM

              That takes me back to my childhood! You must be from the South like me. We had these stainless steel tumblers we'd eat it from (with a very long teaspoon). It kept everything really cold. It was a great snack!

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              China Nov 28, 2006 09:16 PM

              This series of postings on soda bread should help.


              1. DanaB Nov 28, 2006 09:14 PM

                Here's a link to a thread from a couple of days ago re. what to do with leftover buttermilk with more ideas:


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                  Seldomsated Nov 28, 2006 09:02 PM

                  Chocolate buttermilk cake. Tender crumb, moist, and gets a bit of a crunchy crust on the top. Be sure and bake long enough - I add 10 minutes to the recipe, as my oven is quite slow.

                  This recipe's almost identical to the one I have at home - http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,176,1...

                  1. Xanthippe Nov 28, 2006 08:49 PM

                    Yes, yes, yes! Freeze the buttermilk if necessary, just don't toss it out. As rainey said above, it's superior in baking and can be used wherever a recipe calls for milk; not only is it tastier, but the baked good stay more moist. I grew up with buttermilk, courtesy of my dear Southern mama.

                    1. opinionatedchef Nov 28, 2006 06:00 PM

                      like all dairy products frozen and thawed and used for baking, buttermilk freezes just fine. shake well and use again after defrosted. won't be as thick as original, but will have same effect in baking.

                      1. chef chicklet Nov 28, 2006 05:53 PM

                        Oh my! one of my very favorite ingredients to work with....

                        Buttermilk scones - wonderful!
                        Fried chicken, add hot sauce to the buttermilk skin ON
                        Chicken wings
                        biscuits with chive and buttermilk
                        Ranch dressing SOOOO good with buttermilk
                        I even bet that a nice cofee cake would be terrific.

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                        1. re: chef chicklet
                          stacylyn Nov 28, 2006 08:17 PM

                          Do you have a favorite Scone recipe? That sounds good to me right now......

                          Thanks for all the great suggestions!

                          1. re: stacylyn
                            chef chicklet Nov 28, 2006 10:24 PM

                            Yes I do.... and you can substitute the blueberries and tone eliminate the cinammon as you desire

                            Cinnamon Blueberry Buttermilk Scones
                            Preheat oven to 375 degrees
                            Large baking sheet with silpat or lined with parchment paper

                            2 Cups Flour
                            2 tsp baking powder
                            1/4 tsp cinammon
                            1 egg
                            1 T vanilla
                            1⁄2 tsp sea salt
                            1⁄4 cup Plus 2 T fine baker’s sugar
                            1⁄2 cup ice cold butter
                            1⁄2 cup chopped pecans chopped fine
                            1⁄2 cup ice cold Buttermilk
                            1⁄2 cup Fresh Blue Berries washed and coated with 1T bakers sugar - reserve

                            For the topping
                            1 egg beaten
                            1 T whipping cream
                            Wilton’s Sugar – large crystals

                            Cut butter into cubes and refrigerate until ready to use

                            Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar into a large bowl
                            Cut the butter into the flour mixture with pastry blender until resembles coarse meal
                            In a smaller bowl whisk the egg, buttermilk and vanilla – add to the dry mixture mixing with a fork, and stir until just combined – do not over mix! then add the nuts and blueberries.
                            Pour the dough mix onto a lightly floured board and gently pat into a 7 inch to 1 1⁄2 inch high disk. Cut into in half then quarters and then in eights as evenly as possible.

                            Gently place the scones on a baking sheet lined with silpat or parchment paper – this ensures even browning on the bottom

                            Mix 1 egg with the 1 T of cream and brush the tops with the buttermilk-egg mixture then sprinkle generously with the sugar crystals.

                            Bake in a gas oven, at 375 degrees on a rack placed in the middle of the oven for 17 minutes and no longer! This will ensure a moister scone than normally expected. Pull from the oven and place on a cooling rack. The scones will have a nice golden crackle, with the sugar but will be moist and not too sweet. Addicting. I've got buttermilk too, I going to bake some too, only I prefer the dried cherries and pecan.(no cinammon) You can make sweet potato as well if you have that left over as well. top with almonds and raw sugar crytals.

                            I have worked on this recipe for a long time, and I'm telling you that these are the best scones.

                            1. re: chef chicklet
                              stacylyn Nov 29, 2006 12:56 PM

                              Made the Buttermilk Scones last night....thank you so much. Of course, being the chocoholic that I am, I did a pecan/chocolate chunk Scone, instead of the cinammon and blueberries. These are really yummy and moist. My husband said he never liked scones because they were so dry....but loved these!! Thanks again....

                              1. re: stacylyn
                                chef chicklet Nov 29, 2006 05:04 PM

                                HI Stacilyn,
                                I told you addictive!
                                like I said I did work on these most of last winter. My best friend and my sis-law love them. Try switching out the buttermilk with whipping cream, and use 1/2 cup dried cherries chopped(trader joes) and pecans. These are my ultimate favorites. Yours sound pretty good too, I have wondered what they would be like with tiny choc chips and pecans, think I'll try yours.
                                It is a terrific basic scone recipe for those that don't like the dry scones. Glad you like it!

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                          rainey Nov 28, 2006 05:48 PM

                          Mashed potatoes, chocolate muffins/quickbread/cake, pancakes, steel-cut oats. Anywhere, in short, that you'd use milk but want more flavor.

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                            Procrastibaker Nov 28, 2006 04:51 PM

                            I always recommend the lemon-buttermilk sorbet on Epicurious. It is awesome, plus it keeps well in the freezer and is nice and light for some post-Thanksgiving belt tightening. Plus, if you add some lime zest it's really pretty.

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                            1. re: Procrastibaker
                              Hunicsz Nov 28, 2006 10:53 PM

                              Just seconding this suggestion---really yummy stuff. Particularly good with meyer lemons, if you're lucky enough to have some lying around. Also good with lime or grapefruit.

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                              mikka Nov 28, 2006 01:50 PM

                              If you want to make something sweet, then why not a buttermilk pie.


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                              1. re: mikka
                                BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 1, 2006 07:12 AM

                                I have an even better buttermilk pie recipe. This is always the first pie gone at Thanksgiving:

                                BUTTERMILK PIE

                                1 stick butter, softened
                                2 cups sugar
                                5 eggs
                                juice of 1 lemon
                                1 teaspoon vanilla
                                2 tablespoons flour
                                1 cup buttermilk
                                ground nutmeg
                                1 deep-dish pie crust, at least 9 inches

                                Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Add lemon juice, vanilla, flour and buttermilk. (Note: mixture may curdle. Don't panic.) Pour into pie crust and dust with ground nutmeg. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 45 minutes. Cool completely and chill.

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                                Val Nov 28, 2006 01:14 PM

                                Phillyjazz is right, buttermilk makes a super marinade for chicken (if you can stand any more poultry right after Thanksgiving!) ... here's a very nice oven-fried chicken recipe from Epicurious...recipe says to leave skin on but I always remove it and marinate it overnight, really is great without deep-fat frying, Spicy Oven-Fried Chicken link below:


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                                1. re: Val
                                  morebubbles Nov 28, 2006 01:42 PM

                                  Val, you're psychic! I'm planning to make oven-fried chicken tonight and didn't have a recipe (was going to look it up later). Thanks!

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                                  DGresh Nov 28, 2006 01:11 PM

                                  cornbread, biscuits, pancakes... all of which can (I think) be found in Bittman's How to Cook Everything---

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                                    phillyjazz Nov 28, 2006 01:05 PM

                                    Chicken tenders marinated in buttermilk ans then deep-fried are delicious (if not particularly healthy.)

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