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Oct 18, 2009 07:53 AM

Buttermilk ??????? ( NOT LITE )

All I've been seeing in the stores here on L.I. is the Buttermilk Lite.Can I buy just plain buttermik anywhere? Thanks

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  1. they sell it here in FFD County, CT. Just made a cake with it.

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    1. re: jfood

      What 's the name of the store? Thanks

      1. re: scunge

        Jfood really apologizes, he just checked the carton and it is Lowfat - 1/2% fat. It works great in cakes though, but it is probably available where you live.

        1. re: scunge

          if we've moved to FFD County... I get buttermilk at Stew Leonards. I doubt it's convenient unless you are already out these parts. But there's one down in Westchester in Yonkers and another in Norwalk, CT.

      2. just used the buttermilk from the milkman to make chocolate muffins yesterday. It is fine. I think that all buttermilk is low fat. Never recall seeing a choice of buttermilk. It works fine with what they sell in the grocery store.

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        1. re: jwg

          Never saw a choice either, but suddenly all buttermilk is labeled lite or low fat (I forget which). My scones come out fine anyway. It would make sense if all buttermilk is low fat but suddenly they decided to make a big deal about it.

          1. re: coll

            I've never seen anything but low fat buttermilk.

        2. You can also make your own buttermilk substitute that can be used to bake: add one tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice to one cup of milk. Wait five minutes. The milk will form "curds" and you will have your substitute. (I find this helpful as the stores typically only sell a big carton of buttermilk but the recipe usually only needs a small amount.)

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          1. re: hungrykids

            that sounds like a gtreat idea THANKS

          2. Good explanation here and following:


            of why all buttermilk we see in the stores is called lite, lo-fat, whatever. Because by definition there is no such thing as full fat buttermilk. The same stuff didn't used to be called "lite," but now they've discovered a new way to market it.

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            1. re: JoanN

              While the traditional buttermilk (made from leftovers from making butter) is (by definition) lowfat, I don't see why modern cultured buttermilk couldn't be made from whole milk. But it would be cheaper for the dairies to use low-fat milk if the customers are happy with the product.

              1. re: paulj

                It could be, but it would be oxymoronic by definition. Since buttermilk was traditionally what was left after the fat was separated out into the butter, as you say buttermilk, at least traditional buttermilk, was low in fat.

                Since it is made today via culturing milk, in theory, you could do it with whole milk, but then you'd have something very different...conceptually, it would be like "non-fat oil".

            2. There IS a difference and both regular and low fat are (or should be) available. Whole Foods is the only place I've found both offered recently. And check the packaging carefully. The low fat on the packaging is not in very large print! It's an ugly product but it make a delicious cake! And fried chicken And salad dressing...