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Baker Frank

Buttermilk Soaker

Some recipes I read state to leave a buttermilk soaker out of the refrig overnight. Is this safe to do?

Thank you,

Frank

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Janetcook

Frank,

What are you afraid will happen if your soaker is left out on your counter?

Janet

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Baker Frank

Janet

Sorry if I wasn't clear. It's the buttermilk left out of the refrig that concerns me.

Frank

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jaywillie

I've done it many times, and I'm still here to write about it! :-)

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Janetcook

Hi Frank,

Wasn't sure if you were concerned about over fermenting or bad bacteria...

As the other poster stated, I have done it too.  With milk, buttermilk and I think I have even done yogurt.  All are fermented products which started out as milk and then were inoculated with a bacterium then left to sit out until the magic was done....I have made buttermilk, sour cream and yogurt and all fermented at about 70° up to 105° with no problem.  In fact, some people in the South swear by 'clabbered' milk....so I am thinking you will be okay as long as the temps in your house aren't way high.  (In the summer if I am at all concerned I put my soakers in the refrig. but this time of year I don't worry about it.)

Also - most of the milk products today are highly pasteurized which means they are heated up a lot which kills all the living things it comes out of the cow containing.

Good Luck,

Janet

P.S.  Please note I am not a professional so you might like to consult a professional or do at your own risk :-O

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PaddyL

Actually, almost every time I make bread.  My starter is a buttermilk one, and I refresh it the night before I bake with 2 cups buttermilk and 2 cups of flour.  Never had any problems.  My sister, who has stage 4 cancer, eats only that bread and thrives on it.

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Baker Frank

Thank you all for your helpful answers. PaddyL, I wish your sister the best!

Frank