Cultured Buttermilk in a Mason Jar

Cultured Buttermilk in a Mason Jar

I have an exciting new Kitchen Tip for you. You might already know about my affinity for buttermilk. I use it regularly and often. Here’s a comprehensive list of my recipes that feature buttermilk:

Orange Buttermilk Sorbet

Buttermilk Pie 

Buttermilk Wheat Pancakes

Buttermilk Dressing

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Key Lime Cake

Cheddar Irish Soda Bread

Baked Chipotle Onion Rings

Meyer Lemon Pudding Cakes 

Blueberry Corncakes

English Muffin Bread with Honey Butter

Turkey and Dumplings

Apple Gingerbread Upside Down Cake

Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Cheddar Green Chile Cornbread

Cultured Buttermilk at Home via Alaska from Scratch

Buttermilk adds something magical to many recipes – sometimes it’s tanginess, other times it’s fluffiness, still other times it’s tenderness and moisture. It is an amazing ingredient. If you shy away from buttermilk because of the texture, the name, the taste, or the smell, don’t. Buttermilk rocks.

Cultured Buttermilk at Home via Alaska from Scratch

Cultured Buttermilk at Home via Alaska from Scratch

Cultured Buttermilk at Home via Alaska from Scratch

And, on top of all its benefits, it’s remarkably simple to culture at home, saving yourself money and a last-minute trip to the store every time a recipe calls for it. Once you have a batch, you can use it to re-culture every other batch after that and you’ll always have it on hand. If you don’t use buttermilk as often as I do, this recipe is easily adjusted to make much smaller batches.

Cultured Buttermilk in a Mason Jar

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Adapted from [Foodie With Family|http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/2010/03/24/homemade-cultured-buttermilk/]

Yields: 1/2 gallon buttermilk

  • 8c 1% milk (1/2 gallon)
  • 1/2c store-bought cultured buttermilk
  • 1 half-gallon Mason jar with tightly fitting lid

Into your clean half-gallon Mason jar, pour your buttermilk. Then, pour the 1% milk over top. Seal jar with lid and shake vigorously for one minute.

Place jar on kitchen counter out of direct sunlight for 12-24 hours until thickened. When thickened, refrigerate. Your buttermilk is ready. Use within two weeks, reserving the last 1/2c to re-culture another batch. And another. And another.

10 comments
wcbar
wcbar

I need to be able to make buttermilk without using buttermilk.  There is no buttermilk withing 100 miles from me......


Tom
Tom

In the list of ingredients you say "1/2  store-bought cultured buttermilk"--this means 1/2 what? aCup? Carton?

Memoria James
Memoria James

If only there were a way to make buttermilk without having to use buttermilk as a base. I miss the stuff here in Italy!

Dianne Thompson
Dianne Thompson

Since I haven't seen non-dairy buttermilk yet, can the starter be a plant-based 'milk' (like almond or coconut) soured with vinegar (the way my mom taught me)?

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