Monday, June 10, 2013

How to Culture Buttermilk


 
I have been making Chevre Cheese which uses Buttermilk. You only use a half a cup with each batch of the cheese. The smallest container of buttermilk I could find was quart size. I wasn't using the buttermilk before it would go bad so I have been dumping a lot of it, and that was frustrating because it isn't cheap.
 
I was reading through some cheese making information and found a section on How To Culture Buttermilk. Now why didn't I think of that?? Very easy.
 
One quart of Goat Milk
2 Tablespoons cultured Buttermilk
 
Warm the milk to 72 degrees. Stir in Cultured Buttermilk.
Allow mixture to set covered, at room temperature for 12 hours or more. When thick, refrigerate.

I get my cultured buttermilk from a local grocery store. I always check the expiration date and get the freshest milk.
 
You can save some buttermilk from a previous batch to start a new batch. Just like yogurt!
 
 
 
 

16 comments:

  1. Buttermilk kind of grosses me out. But I like cheese!

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    1. haha! I am not a big fan of buttermilk, either. I do love the cheese though :)

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  2. Oh I am with Lisa on this one Buttermilk not my thing. I LOVE cheese:) B

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  3. I have made Chevre, but not with the Buttermilk method. I may try this at some point.

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    1. This is the only way I have made it. It is very easy and it taste really good!

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  4. I'll have to try that. I usually use 1/4t mesophilic MM100 culture to a gallon of milk. The freeze dried culture lasts a long time in the freezer.

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    1. I am planning on ordering some cheese making supplies, I may have to order some of that and give it a try.

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    2. I've had good luck getting the pig packs on ebay and storing them in the freezer. A $15 pack will make as much chevre as you want!

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    3. Kristen, Thanks for the Information, appreciate it!

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  5. I have been using buttermilk for some fantastic pancakes lately! I love that cheese on toasted bread!

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    1. Liz, I have been looking for some buttermilk pancake/waffle recipes so I have another use for the extra buttermilk.

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  6. I am waiting for my friend to get back from Fla. to get a fresh culture from her to start making my own again. I love buttermilk. If you add some honey to it, it tastes so good! And it's good for the gut.

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    1. Nice that you have that available. I need to find some ways to use it in baking etc. so I can use it up.

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  7. I just had a loaf of wonderful homemade buttermilk bread. Might be a good way to use up some of the extra.

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    1. That's a great idea :) I have never had buttermilk on hand so I appreciate the ideas on how to use the extra!
      Thanks

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  8. I don't like buttermilk either. My Dad loves it in a glass with cornbread. I do like cheese, buttermilk biscuits, and buttermilk pancakes. Thanks for sharing!

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