25 Uses for Buttermilk

What to do with buttermilk, a picture of a cookies with buttermilk

Buttermilk is a wondrous food. It used to be the remnants of the butter churning process, but now it’s the result of an unrelated process. Contrary to what you’d expect from the name, it’s actually quite low in fat and good for you. So, if you’ve got some leftover from a recipe, here are some ways to use it up.

Not all of these are low fat, but they’ll taste good. With buttermilk, you can’t go wrong. Some of these also call for cream, so see my previous post for tips on using that up, too. And then of course, some call for sour cream, so you’ll have to use that up, too. You could easily gain 10 pounds, but it would probably be worth it. So what to do with buttermilk leftovers? Here are some Idea on what you can do.

What can I make with Buttermilk Leftovers?

  1. Pancakes! Duh. This one’s a no-brainer
  2. Waffles. Like pancakes, but crispy and with dents.
  3. Crème fraiche. It uses just a tablespoon, leaving lots for pancakes!
  4. Sour cream. It also requires cream, but will use more buttermilk than crème fraiche.
  5. Buttermilk biscuits. Flaky goodness.
  6. Buttermilk dressing. Especially good poured over cold fried chicken.
  7. Fried chicken.
  8. Cornbread. Serve it with the fried chicken instead of biscuits.
  9. Mashed potatoes. Give them a twist from the usual milk.
  10. Buttermilk scones.
  11. Buttermilk pie. I haven’t tried this one, but it sounds good, especially at a July 4 picnic.
  12. Soda bread.
  13. Ranch dressing. A different variation on the traditional buttermilk dressing.
  14. Buttermilk ice cream.
  15. Anything you use milk in. It gives it an extra kick.
  16. Potato salad. Use half buttermilk, half mayonnaise for an extra kick.
  17. Chocolate cake. Moist, delicious.
  18. Buttermilk bundt cake.
  19. Buttermilk panna cotta.
  20. Bread pudding.
  21. Pound cake.
  22. Potatoes au gratin. Buttermilk, cheese, potatoes, delicious.
  23. Sugar cookies. A hint of sweetness, a bit of tang. 100% goodness.
  24. Cole slaw. As with potato salad, the buttermilk gives it an extra kick.
  25. Freeze it. It won’t be suitable for drinking, but it will be perfectly good for baking and cooking.

Got more ways to use up leftover buttermilk? Please share them in the comments.

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