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For Find Out Friday - What is This Supposed “Friendship” I Have With Buttermilk?


I like cooking, even baking, and especially during the holidays. I pride myself on always being prepared and taking the time to double check what I need so that when the time comes to do the dirty work I have nothing to stress out about. So when that plan devolves, under no fault of my own, I feel full of rage. 

TWICE within the last month I have stocked up on buttermilk and TWICE it has gone bad right after opening it. The expiration date was still good both times and both times I only used about a cup.

In case you are unfamiliar with this substance, buttermilk is the cream that remains after butter has been churned. When making Mac n cheese, my infamous stuffing muffins, cornbread, or something I think could benefit from a tangy flavor, I add buttermilk. That is if it isn’t rotten by the time I get to it. 

But the BIGGEST gripe of mine when it comes to buttermilk is that I only ever see one brand in any store I go in, and only comes in one size available. 

It drives me crazy!!

Can you tell??

After the second time it was rotten, having only been open for only two days with an expiration date of December 22nd, I went over the deep end.

I need to know: Who is behind the buttermilk conspiracy?

Well, it turns out no one. 

Rather, no one I could find online had any answers so instead of a factual Find Out Friday you are left with this rant I am afraid. 

The one helpful tip I did find was that instead of buttermilk you can use cream of tartar to achieve a bit of tanginess in your foods. 

That is good on two fronts. 

First of all, I have it in my cabinet. 

Second it has a MUCH better shelf life. 

So I guess the moral of the story is “use what you have” in order to “eat what you like”. 

A philosophy I am always in favor of implementing when in the kitchen. 

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