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buttermilk in smoothies?

I just got a blender (yay!) and want to make smoothies, so I've plundered a lot of recipes from this site to try. Those that call for milk seem to reference either plain cow's milk or almond milk. Is there any reason I couldn't use buttermilk instead, assuming that's a flavor that goes well with the fruit or other ingredients in a recipe? Or does buttermilk not play nicely with blenders?

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Maedl added 10 months ago

Buttermilk works just fine--that is my usual choice. You can also use plain yogurt. They both add a pleasant heft to the drink. I haven’t found any flavor that the buttermilk doesn’t work well with.

IlovePhilly added 10 months ago

I second Maedl! You'll love it!

Diana B added 10 months ago

Thanks, y'all - I'm adding it to my grocery list now! Maedl, can you really get buttermilk in Germany?


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added 10 months ago

Funny you should ask . . . I've been thinking thoughts of buttermilk lately, as well. As we speak, I've got a batch of yogurt brewing to which I added 25% buttermilk. I use yogurt in smoothies, and thought it might be an interesting twist. Details to follow.

EmilyC added 10 months ago

I tested this smoothie awhile back and really liked it! http://food52.com/recipes...

Maedl added 10 months ago

Diana, I think buttermilk is more popular in Germany than it is in the US. I live in Bavaria, in the mountains. The dairy cattle go up to the high mountain pastures in the spring and spend the summer grazing on the grasses and flowers in the meadows. The herders often operate a little restaurant for hikers--mostly simple, but delectable, fare such as cheeses, sausages, and breads. Beer, of course, is brought up to slake thirsts, but the more local drink is buttermilk. Every Alm (meadow) restaurant worth its salt serves buttermilk in half liter ceramic glasses and even I, a confirmed Weizen lover, will choose buttermilk when I am hiking. As I write this, I am hearing cow bells on the mountain side. The sound carries a long way!

Midge added 10 months ago

@Maedl, I bet that buttermilk is especially delicious. I feel like hopping on plane to Bavaria!

Diana B added 10 months ago

Maedl, I bet it's real buttermilk, too, not just cultured! Color me envious...

Diana B added 10 months ago

Powered up the brand-new Breville blender. Well, tried to - darn thing won't even turn on, let alone make me a smoothie! Back to the stick blender until the new one arrives...sigh.

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