We're Big Fans of Buttermilk—Try Our 25 Favorite Recipes
2024/02/29

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We're going to let you in on a little secret. Are you ready for it? Ree Drummond loves . Just look at her homemade ranch dressing that's both creamy and tangy or her perfect for that ideal fluffy texture. She also uses buttermilk in recipes like skillet cornbread and her family's favorite chocolate sheet cake. As you can see, buttermilk is one of the most versatile ingredients around, which is why you'll love these easy buttermilk recipes.

To better understand why buttermilk is used in recipes for fried chicken, biscuits, and , you'll need to know a little bit more about buttermilk and how it's made.

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Traditionally, buttermilk was the liquid leftover from churning butter made from cultured cream. But today, you'll find that most buttermilk is made from milk with cultures added. The cultures are what give buttermilk its tangy flavor and thicker texture, which makes it perfect for using in and . When combined with baking soda, the acids from buttermilk will react to create a tender crumb and a light, fluffy texture in pancakes, , and cakes. Not to mention, it's great for tenderizing meats like Ree's chicken fried chicken!

Of course, you can buy buttermilk in any grocery store, but you can also if you're in a pinch. All you need is a cup of milk or half-and-half and a tablespoon of lemon juice. (Or check out our suggestions for .) Either way, you'll love these buttermilk recipes just as much as The Pioneer Woman herself.

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