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Sour milk?

nicodvb's picture

Sour milk?


recently I'm taking a lot of a beverage that I prepare fermenting for one day UHT whole milk at room temperature using cultred buttermilk as a starter.

That isn't buttermilk because I use plain milk rather than the residue of milk cream churning and it isn't yogurt because I don't use yogurt ferments.

Is it sour milk? Or is sour milk something else?

mrfrost's picture

"...cultured buttermilk as a starter."... See the irony there?

The "cultured buttermilk" (in your starter) is not made from "residue of milk cream churning". It's made from plain milk(whole, lowfat, nonfat,etc). At least in "US speak".

Unless you are asking if the "UHT" makes a difference? If the culture is growing, don't think there is anything else one would call it(but cultured buttermilk), given the info you've posted.

ps: From what I've gathered, "sour milk" is milk that is made to clabber(thicken) by adding an acid(vinegar, etc) to the milk, or milk that is allowed to clabber (usually)on it's own by acidification caused by the growing culture of naturally occurring bacteria present in the milk.

nicodvb's picture

Aha, I thought that cultured buttermilk used only the residue, not with plain milk. Well, in this case I'm making buttermilk.

I guess that sour milk obtained by spontaneous acidification tastes quite different from milk clabbered and soured by means of an acid.

flodnar's picture

Sour milk can also be used to create sour dough to use for the best sour dough pancakes.

Milk based Sourdough Pancakes

 The trick is to use about a 1:1 ratio of milk to flour to create the dough. Let it sit out for 1-2 days . Use it all to add to a combo of flour and regular milk, let it sit overnight. Remove a cup for your next starter. Add 1 egg per 2 cups of mix and 1/2 tsp baking powder and 2 tsp sugar, mix and cook on a 375 degree griddle until bubbles form and flip. Cook another 1-2 min. ENJOY. My 40 year old "Kid" still loves them.