How To Use Buttermilk

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Buttermilk is the liquid left after straining out the butter. Many types of drinks are prepared using buttermilk in the countries with warm climates like India, Southern United States and Middle East and let us take a look at  some of the common uses of Buttermilk. Cultured butter milks or artificial buttermilks were popular during the 1900s, and was prepared using a food  grade product like lemon juice.


 


Uses of Buttermilk


Baking Agent: You can use buttermilk to bake regular cookies, pancakes, muffins, waffles in place of milk. This will not only make them soft, but also healthy.  Thus you can enjoy low fat cookies without the feeling of guilt.


Ice cream: You can prepare delicious buttermilk ice cream by replacing the regular cream or whole milk in the ice cream recipe.  Also you can add some fresh or frozen fruits such as strawberries, peaches and blueberries for toppings.  This buttermilk ice cream will be a tangy extension of frozen yoghurt.


Marinade: Marinate your chicken using buttermilk. Combine salt, pepper, hot sauce, and buttermilk to make a mixture. Marinate chicken in this mixture for half an hour and then put them on baking sheet and sprinkle seasoned bread crumbs over the chicken.  Bake the chicken at 350 degrees until cooked.


Smoothies:  You can prepare a healthy and creamier smoothie, by replacing the whole milk with half buttermilk and half yoghurt. You can add lots of fruits, ice and sugar for making it more delicious.


Salad dressing: You can prepare homemade salad dressing by combining light mayo, buttermilk, and sour cream. Then add cheeses, herbs or spices for dressing.  In this way you can prepare Green Goddess, Ranch, and blue cheese dressing, with little efforts.


Sauce: You can prepare a low fat béchamel sauce by using buttermilk. This low fat béchamel sauce can be served with homemade macaronis and pasta dishes. Use light butter and low fat milk for making the roux, and once the sauce thickens add a little buttermilk to it. The tangy tartness of the buttermilk adds taste to the sauce.


Dips: Mostly the heavy creams are added to vegetable purees for preparing the dip. Combine buttermilk, low fat cream cheese and parmigiano to make a healthy dip. Thus you can enjoy a deliciously creamy and nutty dip with fewer efforts.


Some of the above mentioned ideas may ignite your interest to try out various healthy buttermilk delights.  It is quite easier to enjoy various dairy products with same content and taste, once we make healthier choices.


 


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