Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Freezing Buttermilk...Works For Me Wednesday

It used to be that I would buy buttermilk for a recipe and 3 months later find the container curdling in the back of the refrigerator.
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No more! Do you know that buttermilk can be frozen?

Here's how I do it:

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Put a freezer baggie in a large measuring cup so it doesn't fall over. Add 1 cup of buttermilk per bag and freeze.
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To thaw, place in the refrigerator overnight (if you're thinking ahead), or place in a bowl of water in the fridge, or under running water, and "massage" it every so often (the quick way).

{Just a side note...notice the store brand of baggies is called "Tough & Easy?" Hmmm. I really wish they'd change that. Seriously, who thought that name sounded like a winner?}

NEXT WEEK....a recipe to go along with that buttermilk.

Now I'm heading to We Are THAT Family to check out the other WFMW tips...you should, too!. :)

37 comments:

  1. Great Tip!
    Thank you!

    Sophie, Sydney-Australia

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  2. Great idea! I always find bad, old buttermilk in my fridge, so this will help me quite a bit!

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  3. This is an AWESOME tip! I just made a triple batch of waffles today so my buttermilk wouldn't spoil.

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  4. I freeze buttermilk too it works great.

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  5. Awesome! I never thought of this...so many gallons of buttermilk that I've curdled over the years.

    Do you know the limitation? How long can you freeze it and still use it? I'm thinking a date on that baggie might be a good idea, too. I freeze buttercream icing, too. And boy! does it come in handy.

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  6. You can also culture your own! Just take 1/4 cup of that storebought buttermilk, add it to 1 qt of milk in a glass jar, and leave it on the counter for 20-24 hours. Ta da! Done. You can pull out 1/4 cup starter and keep it (frozen if you like) to make another batch. Talk about frugal! :)

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  7. Great idea. I wish milk could be frozen too.

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  8. Great idea. I probably have an opened container of buttermilk in the back of my fridge as we speak. Someone mentioned wishing milk would freeze. My Mom has froze it before. Just have to make sure you thaw it in the fridge. As for me, I will have to make sure the bags are well labeled. When I keep my granddaughter I have a milk of another kind in baggies. LOL

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  9. Who knew buttermilk could be frozen??? I'd switched to powdered buttermilk for many baking uses because I hate the waste of buying a quart of buttermilk, using two cups, and eventually throwing out the rest.

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  10. Bridget....you are never going to believe this. I discussed this exact same idea yesterday afternoon with a coworker. I just made those coconut cupcakes which required buttermilk and figured the rest of the milk would end up going bad (like the last recipe I made that required buttermilk). We both wondered if you could freeze buttermilk and you answered our question. Thank you!!!!

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  11. THANK YOU!! I have never even considered freezing it...I buy it for chocolate cupcakes and ALWAYS find it later in the back of the fridge. Great tip!

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  12. Huh, I didn't know you could do that! Thanks for the tip! :-)

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  13. You are such a smart cookie :) Thanks for the tip!

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  14. Now that's a GREAT idea! I stopped buying buttermilk for just that reason! Thanks for sharing!
    ~ingrid

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  15. I usually didn't buy buttermilk and would make my own with milk and lemon juice, which just isn't quite the same, for the very reason that it would spoil or it didn't all get used. I had no idea you could freeze it. Thanks for this tip!!!

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  16. Perfect timing! I JUST wrote a post on my blog this week on ways to use up buttermilk so it doesn't go bad. I originally created the list because, like you, I would buy the buttermilk, use it for a recipe, then it would go bad. :( So, I created a list of uses for it and now I use it up. BUT I sure would love to be able to freeze it and I never thought of that!!! Thanks :) And here is the link to my buttermilk list:

    http://mooreminutes.blogspot.com/2009/06/buttermilk-bliss.html

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  17. This is such a great tip. We go through a lot of buttermilk at my house, so I usually run out before it goes bad. I am going to use this tip to make sure I always have some on hand! ;)

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  18. This is a terrific idea. So often a recipe calls for a cup of buttermilk, and I have no use for the rest of the quart. Thank you!

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  19. I freeze it in 1/2 cup amounts for cornbread...sometimes I'll use a muffin tin. This time I grabbed some of the plastic cups that hubby used to start seeds in. I need to grab them out of the deep freeze, dip the bottoms in hot water and slide them into a ziplock bag. I also did this when I used the muffin tin. Dipped it in hot water and slid them out.

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  20. I remember when I learned about freezing buttermilk - but I love your cup rations - that is so smart.

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  21. You know, I never thought to freeze buttermilk... and I always end up throwing away half-empty containers because it has spoiled. Thanks for the great tip!!

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  22. Oh this is a wonderful tip. I can't tell you how often I've avoided buttermilk recipes because it always seems to go bad in my fridge.

    Please, Please, next week link it up at Tammy's Recipes for Kitchen Tip Tuesday. They'll love this over there.

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  23. That is a great tip. I'm always trying to think of ways to use it up--- or more likely, finding it curdling after 3 months at the back of my fridge.

    Thanks!

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  24. Great tip. Now I won't be afraid to buy that extra quart when it's on sale.

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  25. This NEVER occurred to me and I never really liked using powdered buttermilk...i will freeze from now on!

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  26. This is the greatest tip ever! I threw away a carton of buttermilk yesterday. I'm so happy you can freeze it!

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  27. This is a GREAT hint! I too often have spoiled buttermilk because I only use it in handful of recipes. I love this tip so I don't have to waste it!

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  28. I just use cultured buttermilk powder instead; works great :)

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  29. I just have to leave another comment (sorry!) to let you know that I LOVE and SO appreciate this tip! I NEVER would have thought of freezing buttermilk! I made Pioneer Woman's chocolate sheet cake (twice, because the first time I forgot to the baking soda) and was pretty sad that I ended up pouring all the unused buttermilk down the drain. Now that I want to make the cake again, the first thing I thought of is I hope my grocery store has a smaller container of buttermilk this time. BUT, with your GENIUS suggestion, it's not a worry any more. THANK YOU! I love your blog and I cannot wait to practice your dough and begin making my own decorated cookies. I just got the Kitchenaid 90th anniversary stand mixer (I have the 75th anniversary mixer they did in 94) and the FIRST thing I plan to use it for is your Royal icing. Sorry for blabbing, but wanted to thank you again! Janet

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  30. Janet...thank YOU for reading the blog! :)

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  31. Awesome! I have some recipes that call for Buttermilk but i don't use it enough to actually to go through a cartan buttermilk. Knowing now that i can freeze it, will be so much better!

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  32. this is in fact wonderful. However, when I thawed my last batch, it was separated into an almost clear liquid and then floating chunks. I assume this means the buttermilk went bad, but why?

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  34. I filled 1 cup ziplock containers, froze the buttermilk, dumped the frozen 1 cup shapes into a freezer bag to get my containers back.

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