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FutureStarrHow to make buttermilk
When I hear buttermilk, comes to my mind the hot summers. When looking for something for refreshments, buttermilk was always the best option. Chilled buttermilk with little spice is a treat for a thirsty and tired body.
Buttermilk is a drink that is a byproduct of butter. It is also obtained by fermenting milk by adding lactic acid bacteria to it. It is leftover cultured cream or milk after churning butter. Nowadays, it is also made with sweet cream and by culture. It is a low-fat and high-protein drink.
Its acidic nature and tenderizing property give a light, moist and tender texture and its acidity activates the baking soda and helps as a rising agent. Making it the best ingredient to use in dishes and buttermilk is not always kept at home. But there are a lot of methods and substitute recipes that can be used instead of store-bought buttermilk.
There are many different methods for making buttermilk. To begin with, let's see how buttermilks are prepared at home.
Preparing buttermilk is very easy. With 2 to 3 ingredients one can prepare them at home. There is also a traditional method wherein olden days people used to prepare. But nowadays nobody likes to increase their work between the busy days, one opts for the simplest recipe. Let's see both the methods of preparation.
Cultured buttermilk is tangy, sour, and when used for preparing pancakes, biscuits, and cakes it gives extra airy texture and moisture. So, most people like it. But buttermilk obtained from this method is not so thick in texture as commercially made buttermilk. But this remains fresh for a longer period.
Another method is by fermenting (Old fashioned method) ;
Buttermilk prepared these days commercially are by treating milk with cultures. The resulted stuff will be thick and tangy. And so easy to prepare that one can prepare it at home with only two ingredients that are found commonly in the kitchen.
This is how homemade buttermilk is prepared. Buttermilk prepared by curdling the milk with vinegar or lemon juice. When milk and lemon juice get combined, the milk is curdled. Instead of lemon juice, vinegar too can be used. Any kind of vinegar is fine, but white vinegar is preferred most.
This way, make homemade buttermilk just with 2 ingredients present in your kitchen. One cup of milk and one tablespoon lemon and your substitute for buttermilk are ready. It is also prepared with sour cream, almond milk, as well. The vinegar would be plain white, colored or apple cider vinegar can be used.
1 cup buttermilk has the following nutritional value;
3.3 g Protein
40 kcal Carbohydrates
0.9 g Saturated fat