Why does buttermilk usually only come in 32-ounce containers? I’ve never in my life needed much more than a cup, never mind four. I’ve washed precious amounts of all that tangy goodness down the drain once the expiration dates has come and gone, that is until recently when I learned this fantastic little fact:


Now, after adding what I need to a recipe, I pour one cup portions of buttermilk into freezer-friendly bags or containers and store them in the ice box. Then, the next time I need it, no special trip to the store required. I just defrost the buttermilk in the fridge or on the counter and it’s “recipe ready” for fluffy pancakes, tender biscuits, and buttery scones.

Another terrific use for leftover buttermilk?  Homemade crème fraîche.  Go here to learn how.

What tips do you have for buttermilk?



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  1. Pam Hochman
    05.24.2012 at 7:43 AM #

    That’s a great tip! I sometimes have made my own buttermilk to avoid having that waste, and always feel it’s not as good as the “real” stuff

  2. Monica
    05.24.2012 at 7:48 AM #

    Bless you for this! Always so frustrating and disappointing to waste it!

  3. Pamela
    05.24.2012 at 7:48 AM #

    Thanks for this great tip!

  4. Annie
    05.24.2012 at 7:50 AM #

    Perfect timing as I have almost a whole quart left over from a buttermilk dressing I made on Tuesday!

  5. Anne Mullen
    05.24.2012 at 8:58 AM #

    Using only 2 cups for the fancy family pancake recipe – make Grace make them for you sometime – I, too, have the leftover problem. This is a great hint. Thanks!

    • katiemorford
      05.24.2012 at 9:24 AM #

      Hi Anne, I’ve been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of the family recipe!

  6. Heather
    05.24.2012 at 9:04 AM #

    You can also “make” buttermilk by adding one cup of regular milk to 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Let it sit for a minute and then add the mixture to the recipe per recipe instructions. I use this all the time when making muffins (and finding, as usual, no buttermilk in my fridge!)

    • katiemorford
      05.24.2012 at 9:23 AM #

      I sometimes do that in a pinch, too. Thanks for sharing

  7. Amanda Andrus
    05.24.2012 at 10:15 PM #

    I freeze milk all the time. Why didn’t I think about freezing buttermilk? Now I won’t let the fact that it is such a big container and I only need a little amount to discourage me from buy it and using it.

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