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Easy uses for buttermilk?

Fiona Aug 14, 2008 11:22 AM

I have a quart of buttermilk which I purchased because I needed a quarter cup. I would really appreciate any easy (it is too hot for serious cooking) recipes or suggestions for use. Thanks in advance.

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  1. MMRuth RE: Fiona Aug 14, 2008 11:29 AM

    You can add it to a cold soup - someone posted earlier this week, I think, about making a cucumber soup that included it.

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      MMRuth RE: MMRuth Aug 14, 2008 12:49 PM

      It also makes a lovely salad dressing with chives.

    2. JungMann RE: Fiona Aug 14, 2008 11:55 AM

      Drink it! Masala chaas is a popular beverage to get Indians through the summer heat.


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        Rasam RE: JungMann Aug 14, 2008 09:27 PM

        Also mango lassi. (google for recipes).

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        LJS RE: Fiona Aug 14, 2008 12:01 PM

        I make a chilled buttermilk pudding, slighlty jelled (with Knox gelatine), slightly sweetened with either sugar or Splenda and with lemon, lime and orange zest. If you google this you will come up with 1/2 dozen recipes. It is surprisingly delicious and nice after a heavy meal.

        1. alkapal RE: Fiona Aug 14, 2008 12:23 PM

          the best use imo is hidden valley ranch dressing clone.

          1. JenBoes RE: Fiona Aug 14, 2008 12:29 PM

            It's not likely you have any wild game on hand, but buttermilk is a great marinade for game - from venison to goose. It tenderizes the meat and takes out some of the "gamey" taste.

            1. Sally599 RE: Fiona Aug 14, 2008 12:54 PM

              There is a fabulous recipe for lemon buttermilk sherbet in the perfect scoop.

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                Val RE: Fiona Aug 14, 2008 01:31 PM

                I believe you can freeze buttermilk...but it's great in blueberry pancake batter...and I agree with the post about marinating with it...Epicurious has a tremendous oven fried chicken that uses buttermilk as the marinade before putting in the oven BUT if you are adverse to using your oven due to the summer heat, this may not be a good option for you.

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                  markabauman RE: Val Aug 14, 2008 01:33 PM

                  Good for overnight marinating for making fried chicken

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                    coney with everything RE: markabauman Aug 15, 2008 06:32 AM

                    Beat me to it, markabauman! Buttermilk is a great thing when marinating chicken.

                2. pondrat RE: Fiona Aug 14, 2008 01:48 PM

                  I love this jalapeno cornbread recipe with buttermilk. I substitute 1/3 cup of butter for the vegetable oil for a richer, moister result.


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                    Val RE: pondrat Aug 14, 2008 04:25 PM

                    Doh! Of course...buttermilk is so great for any cornbread recipe, too! Which requires baking...which I'm not sure OP wants to do...but whatever...always good for future reference!

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                      pondrat RE: Val Aug 14, 2008 06:51 PM

                      Unlike slaving over a gas cooktop or a deep fryer...sticking cornbread batter in the oven for 45 minutes ain't "serious cooking" !

                  2. WCchopper RE: Fiona Aug 14, 2008 07:43 PM

                    Sub it for yogurt in fruit smoothies.

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                      The Old Gal RE: Fiona Aug 15, 2008 06:45 AM

                      Wallis Simpson (wife of the ex-king) says, in her cookbook, that the raw chicken should sit in the buttermilk (I forget how long) before frying.
                      Or, you can freeze it in the amounts you might be needing.
                      Or, next time buy the powdered buttermik and mix up just what you need. The powdered stuff lasts for a very long time on the shelfl

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