What to do with leftover buttermilk




Buttermilk Varieties

Liquid Buttermilk
There are two types of commercial buttermilk, cultured and acidified. Cultured buttermilk is made by using a lactose-producing bacterial strain that thickens the milk while the acidified version is made by adding tartaric or citric acid to milk. The acid thicken the milk and produces a sour flavor.

Buttermilk Powder

The buttermilk is first pasteurized, then concentrated with an evaporator and finally dried (spray or roller dried) to produce buttermilk powder. Buttermilk powder is low in fat and provides an excellent source of protein. It is also a source of calcium, phosphorous, riboflavin and vitamin B12. (Milkingredients.ca)

Tips For Storing or Using Left Over Buttermilk

Refrigerate - Buttermilk stores for weeks after the expiration date and works very well for recipes that call for buttermilk.

Freezing - Place buttermilk in 1/2 to 1 cup freezer containers. Thaw in the refrigerator. The thawed milk is appropriate for cooking but probably not for drinking.

Leftover Buttermilk? Here are Recipes Featuring Buttermilk so you can use up those leftovers.

Cups Needed
Recipe Title
2 Buttermilk Pound Cake - A slightly reduced fat buttermilk uses low fat buttermilk, and margarine.
1 Cheddar-Buttermilk Cornbread - Conventional cornbread kicked up with cheddar cheese.
1 1/4
Molasses And Oat Soda Bread - I love this simple quick bread recipe.  Serve warm with butter alongside a nice bowl of beans or warm soupl
Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie - Creates a lighter, less dense pie than the traditional version
Red Velvet Cupcakes- a lower fat version that uses Stevia sweetener and lower fat cream cheese.
1/3 Make a Mascarpone Cheese Substitute - A decadent ingredient you can use over fresh fruit or in any recipe that calls for mascarpone cheese.
3/4 Chipotle Cornbread - A delicious cornbread recipe lightened up with buttermilk and spiked with chipotle paste.

See more featured recipes that use leftover buttermilk at he bottom of this page.

Fun Fact about What to do with leftover buttermilk

Nutrition Information For What to do with leftover buttermilk

Serving Size
1 cup
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 83mg
Sodium 620mg
Total Carbohydrate 59g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 59g
Protein 41g
Vitamin A  0% Vitamin C  0%
Calcium  0% Iron  0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Buttermilk Substitutes

There are a couple of common methods for preparing a buttermilk substitute which is appropriate for baking (not drinking).

  1. Combine one cup of milk with one tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar, and allow to stand for ten minutes
  2. Combine one cup of milk plus two teaspoons cream of tartar, and allow to stand for ten minutes.

Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of GourmetSleuth.com she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.