Can you freeze buttermilk and if so for how long?
By George from Flat Rock, NC
I freeze buttermilk all the time. When I buy some I can never use the whole bottle. Freezing the remainder is the perfect way to save what you don't use. Here is how I freeze mine. It is under how I freeze bananas.
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I bought some low-fat buttermilk on sale and it doesn't taste like buttermilk. It has almost no taste. I bought it for drinking, but since I don't like the taste, can I freeze it for later cooking? Any other ideas?
You can freeze buttermilk, to use in soups, pasta, and baking. I freeze fresh milk, fresh cream, and buttermilk. It's not the same as fresh, but it doesn't get wasted. (03/14/2010)
You most certainly can :-) Just be sure to thaw in the refrigerator and shake before using.
I can't stand the taste of anything low fat so I am simply careful how much of full fat products I eat each day. It's just not worth spending money on items that taste like water, pulp or cardboard ;-)
I am wondering if you can freeze buttermilk. I have some left over from Christmas baking.
By Sandy from Sioux Falls, SD
Yes, you can easily freeze buttermilk. I freeze 1/2 cup portions in muffin tins, then pop out when frozen and store in Ziplock bags. When thawed, stir well to combine in case it separates a little. (01/08/2010)
I do the same thing with evaporated milk, I started doing the freezing thing when I had to make homemade kitten formula for seven kittens, and the evaporated milk would always ruin because I had to use so little at at a time. I will probably try freezing yogurt and pudding next.
I have been making lots of frozen dinners out of macaroni and cheese, green peas, and potatoes I boil for a couple of hours in the crock pot and then cut up. I am going to put dessert in too, in the form of pie filling cherries which have the gooey syrup washed off, and a little sugar added before I serve. I have to do this or the kids just pick and choose certain food groups. I also do this for the dogs, for their supplemental meals two or three times a week.
I even freeze tea in ice cube trays because I don't like weak tea, and the regular ice cubes dilute the tea, also freeze chicken broth and gravy, etc. Have fun.
By Robyn Fed
Yes you can freeze it. It will separate a little, but just stir it up. (01/11/2010)
I have one recipe that I make about 2 times a month that calls for 1 cup buttermilk. I tried using the dried buttermilk, but I can taste the difference. I used to end up wasting a quart or half gallon until I had a great idea.
What I did was used my food saver and made several bags with 1 cup buttermilk in each bag and put them in the freezer. Now, when I need that 1 cup, I have it and I don't have to worry about defrosting a quart of frozen buttermilk.
By Virraszto from Toledo, OH
My Better Homes and Garden cookbook says that if you don't have Buttermilk you can substitute:
Let it sit until it curdles, about 5 minutes. I use that all the time. I've never had buttermilk, so for me, I wouldn't know the difference. You can also use 1 cup plain yogurt or add 1 1/4 tsp. of cream of tartar to the whole milk.