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Buttermilk, Help!

BelovedofIsis May 12, 2011 03:38 PM

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. zuriga1 RE: BelovedofIsis May 12, 2011 10:14 PM

    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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      BelovedofIsis RE: zuriga1 May 13, 2011 02:25 AM


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

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        zuriga1 RE: BelovedofIsis May 13, 2011 05:00 AM

        Thanks for the link!

    2. greedygirl RE: BelovedofIsis May 13, 2011 12:36 AM

      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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        t_g RE: greedygirl May 13, 2011 01:14 AM

        waitrose definitely stocks it

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        ultimatepotato RE: BelovedofIsis May 13, 2011 02:00 AM

        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.

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          gembellina RE: BelovedofIsis May 13, 2011 02:07 AM

          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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            BelovedofIsis RE: gembellina May 13, 2011 02:27 AM

            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!

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              t_g RE: BelovedofIsis May 13, 2011 03:08 AM

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

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            Theresa RE: BelovedofIsis May 14, 2011 03:05 AM

            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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              BelovedofIsis RE: Theresa May 14, 2011 05:47 AM

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

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                Theresa RE: BelovedofIsis May 14, 2011 06:33 AM

                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.

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