We go through LOTS of buttermilk at our house. I like to use it in pancakes, which we have alot, and corn bread and quick breads and lots of other stuff.
Oh, Buttermilk Caramel Syrup….sigh.
But I hate that a 1/2 gallon costs as much or more as a gallon of milk, so when I came across the idea to MAKE my OWN buttermilk….well it had me at hello.
It’s about as easy as pouring a bowl of cereal. Here’s how you do it….
Pour one gallon, minus one cup, of milk into a glass jar.
Now, I don’t have a one gallon glass jar, so I waited for inspiration…and it came….I used the crock of my slow cooker….brilliant!
Add one cup buttermilk (either purchased or saved from your last batch) and stir.
Now, here’s where it gets intricate…..
Put the lid on and let it sit on the counter to culture for about 24 hours (depending on how warm or cool it is). You want it to be kinda thickened and a little gloppy….like….well, buttermilk.
There you have it….pretty life changing stuff, eh?
You can even freeze buttermilk. I usually freeze it in 1 cup and 3 cup portions. Those are the most common proportions I use….1 cup for Ranch salad dressing…..
and 3 cups for pancakes made with my Buttermilk Wheat Pancake Mix.
Seriously…who knew it was so EASY??? I’m going to be doing this every week!
Please pretend not to notice the sorry condition of my kitchen table. My husband and I go back and forth on refinishing, or covering with a tablecloth. He wants to refinish and then cover with a table cloth, but I’d like to refinish and have it gleam in my kitchen, and if we’re going to just cover it up, why go to all the work to refinish a 10 year old bargain table anyway? I’m not saying HE IS WRONG and I’m right or anything…just two differing opinions, LOL.
Oh, and while you’re busy not noticing the table, please join me in giving thanks for the sunlight streaming through the windows casting lovely shadows….it was about 2ºF on this particular day, but the sunshine was a nice consolation prize.
So go forth and multiply the buttermilk cultures today!
Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me what YOU use buttermilk for!