There is something so dreamy, so cool, so graceful about buttermilk—thick, tart, almost luxurious. It tenderizes meats, is happy sweet or savory, and makes baked goods so much better. It's subtle, yet zingy (things to aspire to). Remember, in Charlotte's Web, how Wilbur gets a pre-fair buttermilk bath? That always sounded so wonderful to me. A bath! In buttermilk!
We already know and love buttermilk's tangy heft in waffles and biscuits (and there are some of those on this list, too)—but buttermilk shines in so much else. Here are 14 different ways to use it—15, if you include a buttermilk bath.
Start with breakfast:
Transform it into dressings or cheese:
Make it dinner:
Use it to bring creaminess and complexity to dessert:
How do you cook with buttermilk? Tell us in the comments!