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May 12, 2011 03:38 PM

Buttermilk, Help!

I went to the tesco and to the co-op and I can't find any buttermilk. Is it very uncommon in England? I just moved here a month ago and I really would like to make my own creme fraiche and farmer's cheese but I need buttermilk. Anyone know where I can find it?

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  1. Tesco usually has buttermilk, at least the ones near where I live do... same for Sainsbury's. It shouldn't be all that difficult to find. I'd imagine most Waitrose's might also stock it.

    You make your own farmer's cheese?? I'd love a recipe for that. Could you send it to my email mentioned in my profile. I'd be eternally grateful.

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    1. re: zuriga1

      Here is the link for the fromage blanc or farmer's cheese, by Chef John I love this guy!

    2. I think you need to go to the bigger stores - I don't think my local Tesco sells it either, but I get it from an independent shop anyway.

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      1. I'm in London and I can get it at Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose, as well as Fresh & Wild and Planet Organic. If it isn't in your local store, try ordering it as part of an online grocery shop.

        1. Tesco usually has it, but it took me ages to find it the first time as I was expecting it to be in a bottle or carton and in fact it was in a pot, like cream or yoghurt.

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          1. re: gembellina

            I will check the pots, I thought it would be in a carton/bottle too! There is a waitrose in Brackley I can try if the pot section in the tesco still fails me. Thank you everyone!

            1. re: BelovedofIsis

              aha yeah that might be the problem, its always kept w/ the cream rather than w/ the milk

          2. I don't know if it will be the same, but I make cheese from Greek or Lebanese yoghurt, with no need for anything else other than a little salt.

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            1. re: Theresa

              Oh how do you do that? I love cheese, can't have to many ways of making cheese!

              1. re: BelovedofIsis

                Just mix the yoghurt well with some salt (not much), put it in a piece of muslin or fine cloth (I use a couple of unused cotton dish cloths), pull up the corners of the cloth and hang it over a bowl for anything between12 and 36 hours. It's called Labneh in the Lebanon I think. It's a great way to use up your yoghurt if it is about to go off.

                I imagine that you can add some herbs or black pepper maybe to jazz it up a bit, but I've not done it myself.