14 Reasons We Love Buttermilk More than Ever

July  8, 2015

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:

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Buttermilk Biscuits by erinmcdowell

Buttermilk Biscuits


English Muffins by Christina Tosi

English muffins


Aretha Frankenstein's Waffles of Insane Greatness by Genius Recipes



Almond Scones by Judith Rae

Almond Scones


Buttermilk Bacon Grease Cornbread by Beth Kirby | {local milk}



Transform it into dressings or cheese:

Basil Buttermilk Ranch Dressing by Tara O'Brady



Creamy Homemade Ricotta by Jennifer Perillo



Make it dinner: 

Corn Dogs by molly yeh

Corn dogs


Michael Ruhlman's Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken by Genius Recipes



Punjabi Buttermilk Stew with Spinach Dumplings by Shveta Berry



Use it to bring creaminess and complexity to dessert:

Roasted Strawberry Milkshake with Mint and Buttermilk by Kenzi Wilbur



Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries and Herbs by EmilyC

Panna cotta


Bread and Buttermilk Fudge by HCR



Honey-Lime Strawberries and Lemon-Buttermilk Sherbet by Sarah Jampel


How do you cook with buttermilk? Tell us in the comments!

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Anna D. July 9, 2015
I use it to finish carrot, squash, and celery soups instead of cream. It's lighter and has a nice tang that can freshen up a rich soup.
Lee A. July 9, 2015
The Aretha Frankenstein's waffle recipe is the only one we make now - crispy outside, tender inside, practically perfect in every way.
Millie |. July 9, 2015
I love marinating my chicken with buttermilk - so good! Also, those english muffins need to be made, like, now.
Panfusine July 9, 2015
Chaas / Neer Moar , a savory drink made with diluted Buttermilkis a summer favorite in India.
Kristin F. July 9, 2015
That buttermilk pie crust sounds awesome. Thanks for the tip! As for my buttermilk uses, I am a huge fan of Danish koldskål, so I am always trying to find the perfect recipe to recreate the buttermilk based dessert that is a staple in Danish supermarkets.
AntoniaJames July 8, 2015
Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread (constantly), recipe here:
And recent photo here: I plan to post a new version of this using weight measures, as this recipe was a contest finalist, so I cannot edit it.
Also, I use buttermilk in pancakes and waffles (standard ratios, no recipe); in this sweet corn and herb salad: ; in this buttermilk barley bread: ; in this orange sherbet: ; and in just about every muffin and coffee cake that I bake. ;o)
Rachel O. July 8, 2015
I use Joy the Baker's buttermilk pie crust recipe and it is fabulous. Ice cold buttermilk takes the place of ice water and makes for such a tender, flavorful crust. Highly recommend.
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Caroline L. July 8, 2015
so interesting! trying it with my next pie crust.