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Liquid Buttermilk - Can it be frozen?

dlt123's picture
dlt123

Liquid Buttermilk - Can it be frozen?

I have an unusual question but know that someone here will have the answer or good suggestion. 


I would like to use Buttermilk in my bread recipes instead of milk when called for... Since I will most likely not use the whole carton of milk, can Buttermilk be frozen in small, let's say, 1/2 cup quantities without ruining the Buttermilk or flavor? 


My idea is to freeze 1/2 cup Buttermilk(ice)cubes then when I need Buttermilk in a recipe, just remove what I need from the freezer and let thaw.  Does this sound like a good idea?.. 


... OR...


Would it better to use Powdered Buttermilk in my recipes instead of freezing Buttermilk?  I've never used powdered Buttermilk, but have used dried powdered milk in my recipes.


What does anyone think, am I onto something here or am I just on something?  :)


Dennis


 

RFMonaco's picture
RFMonaco
dlt123's picture
dlt123

Wow, I should have searched the net before asking this question... I guess this means... I'm on something and not onto something.  :)


Thanks,
Dennis

PaddyL's picture
PaddyL

...buy that.  I wish I could get it in Montreal, but no such luck.

RFMonaco's picture
RFMonaco

....in the search above say buttermilk powder doesn't give as much flavor as the liquid.


 


 

dlt123's picture
dlt123

I took PaddyL's suggestion and just bought some SACO cultured powdered Buttermilk at my local Winco.  It cost me $4.25 for a 12oz canister which is said to make 3.75 quarts. 


I did do some research on the net after seeing the suggestion here and found that it does have mixed opinions.  I also read that someone suggested to just add a Tbl of vinegar to a cup of milk to make pho-buttermilk.  Not sure what this would be like, but I might give this a try.  I also might add 1 Tbl of vinegar to my powdered Buttermilk mixture.


When I make my next batch of bread in about a week or so, I will use some powdered BM to see if it makes any difference in my bread.


Note: I also snagged a pound of SAF bread yeast for $3.08, not too bad.  I've never used this yeast before, so I hope I like it.  I usually use Fleishmann's.


Thanks,
Dennis

RFMonaco's picture
RFMonaco

...know how it comes out...good luck!