This Secret Ingredient Can Be A Total Game Changer

One ingredient I have used a few times in the past but always seem to have leftover is buttermilk. Many recipes that call for buttermilk only call for a small amount, so I am often left with half a cup or more and wondering what to do with it.

And oh what you can do with it! I will never have to wonder what to do with leftover buttermilk- I will actually probably buy it more often just so I can make these! If you’ve ever been in the same dilemma, or are just looking for ways to really amp up your recipes, here are a few kitchen creations that can be made even better with buttermilk:

-Salad dressing- this is probably the easiest way to use it! It will add a richness to your dressing that just can’t compare to the store bought stuff!

-Make buttermilk fried chicken; I’ve seen recipes where they create a marinade with the buttermilk and various spices, and I’ve also seen recipes that entail dipping it in buttermilk and a breaded coating- either way, this would be a tasty and indulgent way to enjoy chicken!

-Pancakes, waffles, French toast, and crepes are already so yummy, but add some buttermilk to really take it up a notch!

-Make buttermilk pie. Another indulgence! My mom always makes more pies than we can eat for Thanksgiving, but I always make sure I have a slice of buttermilk pie;).

-Try adding it to bread recipes instead of water or regular milk- chewy, tangy, deliciousness!

- I saw a fudge recipe that used buttermilk, and compared it to caramelized white chocolate- WHAT?! Why have I never heard of this before?? I will definitely be making some of this when the holidays roll around!

-Buttermilk biscuits would be heavenly! Make it a meal by pairing with country gravy and sausage, or just indulge and eat them with homemade jam or honey butter!

-Add buttermilk to your mashed potatoes. It will add an irresistible tang and richness to this kitchen basic!

-And of course, buttermilk syrup!!

Here are two recipes that use buttermilk I have personally tried and loved!

The first is Amish Cinnamon Bread.

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The second is Buttermilk Syrup. This stuff is highly addictive. You can also add different extracts for different variations- almond, coconut, even adding a little pumpkin and pumpkin spice is killer!

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What is your favorite way to use buttermilk?


    Camille Hoffmann
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