Want to know how to make buttermilk from scratch? It is a super easy recipe. You will need only 4 ingredients ( milk, sour cream, lemon juice and vinegar).
What is buttermilk?
The technical definition of buttermilk is that it is the tart milky substance that can be poured off of butter that has been churned. It can be consumed as a beverage and it is often used in cooking and baking. It is also possible to make your own buttermilk with a combination of milk, yogurt, lemon juice and vinegar.
What are the health benefits of buttermilk?
Because buttermilk is high in alkalinity, it can help to balance levels of acidity in the body. It is also used to settle the stomach following a hot meal. Buttermilk also aids digestion. Goodbye indigestion! It’s good for the gut, which is in turn good for the rest of your body’s constitution.
Buttermilk assists the digestive system to break down fats, which means it can help you to lose weight. It’s rich in calcium and it helps to lower blood pressure. It is used in some skincare products as it is packed with a range of nutrients that boost healthy skin. It is recommended for pregnant women as it has a prebiotic function that is good for the baby as well as helping mom to fight disease during pregnancy. The magnesium in buttermilk is said to help insomnia sufferers to fall, and stay asleep if consumed just before bed.
Where to Use
While buttermilk can be consumed as a beverage, it also has lots of different uses in cooking, baking, and even skincare. It can be used as a hair mask to hydrate the hair. The protein in buttermilk will also help to make your hair flexible and healthy. Alternative medical practitioners recommend buttermilk to treat a range of symptoms, ranging from diabetes and swelling to anxiety and intoxication. It has even been recommended that you apply buttermilk to an open wound in order to accelerate healing.
Buttermilk for Baking
In baking, replacing milk or water with buttermilk results in a dense, moist consistency in the baked good. Add five millilitres of baking soda for two hundred and fifty milliliters of buttermilk you add to the recipe so that the cake rises as usual and is not weighed down by the buttermilk. Adding buttermilk to cakes also creates a more complex flavour, adding a delicious tartness to an otherwise basic sweet treat. You can do this with crumpets, cupcakes, muffins, banana breads and cakes according to your tastes. Buttermilk also makes delicious custard that is lower in fat to regular custard. Buttermilk pairs well with lemon, so why not include it in a delicious glazed lemon loaf?
You can make delicious smoothies with buttermilk and it is a wonderful addition to mashed potatoes, adding creaminess to the taste and smoothness to the texture. Include buttermilk in a marinade for fried or grilled chicken, mixing in garlic, pepper and mustard powder to complete the flavor pallet. It’s great as a salad dressing when it’s combined with a few other simple herbs, spices and condiments. You can add buttermilk to chilled cucumber or tomato soup to add a delicious tang as it blends easily and assimilates well with other flavors.
What can you substitute buttermilk with?
Buttermilk can be substituted with a number of different things if need be.
Adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to nut milk will have a similar effect in terms of texture and tartness. This is a great vegan option.
You can also make buttermilk using a coconut milk base.
If you’re simply out of buttermilk, you can use thick yogurt that is high in fat. Add some milk to the yogurt to thin it slightly.
How do you make it at home?
It is surprisingly easy to make your own buttermilk using a combination of yogurt, milk and lemon juice or vinegar. Only white wine vinegar will have the desired effect, so beware of substituting this. Mix the three ingredients together and the acid in the lemon juice or vinegar should begin to do the trick and thicken the milk. Once you have done this, you can leave it to rest for at least ten minutes and it will reach its full curdled potential.
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