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14 Reasons We Love Buttermilk More than Ever

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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:

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!

Tags: buttermilk, fried chicken, biscuits