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Cultured Buttermilk

Three Ways to Make Cultured Buttermilk
Learn about the three methods for making genuine cultured buttermilk including using an heirloom-variety buttermilk starter, a direct-set starter, or some leftover store-bought buttermilk.
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Buttermilk Pancakes

Traditional Buttermilk vs. Cultured Buttermilk
A thorough discussion of the options for fermentation vessels, weight and cover options, and more.
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Cultured Buttermilk in a Glass

Cultured Buttermilk FAQ
Have a question about making cultured buttermilk? Check out our extensive list of frequently asked questions.
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Cultured Buttermilk Recipes

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Featured Recipes

Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits
These light and fluffy biscuits make a wonderful addition to any meal.

Sour Cream Recipe

Sour Cream
Thick, rich, and decadent, our sour cream recipe is simple.

Creme Fraiche Recipe

Crème Fraîche
If you've never had crème fraiche you are in for a treat! Makes a delicious topping to almost any dish or dessert.

Mango Smoothie Recipe

Mango Smoothie
Creamy and delicious, this smoothie makes a wonderful breakfast or snack on-the-go.



Starter Cultures for Making Cultured Buttermilk

Heirloom Cultured Buttermilk Starter

Heirloom-variety Cultured Buttermilk Starter
This starter culture can be perpetuated from batch-to-batch using a traditional method for preparing genuine cultured buttermilk.

 Buttermilk and Sour Cream Starter Culture

Direct-set Buttermilk and Sour Cream Starter
Easy to use, this packet is kept in the freezer and a little of the starter is used each time you wish to make cultured buttermilk or sour cream.

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Articles & How-to Videos

Cultured Buttermilk FAQ

Cultured Buttermilk Troubleshooting FAQ

Three Ways to Make Cultured Buttermilk

Traditional Buttermilk vs. Cultured Buttermilk

How to Make Raw Milk Buttermilk

Ways to Use Whey

Choosing Milk for Culturing Projects

Using Previously Frozen Milk for Culturing

A Complete Guide to Cultured Smoothies

Beyond Topping: Four Ways to Use Sour Cream

How to Make Cultured Butter

How to Make Sour Cream

How to Make Creme Fraiche

Warm Weather Care for Starter Cultures

Cool Weather Care for Starter Cultures

Buttermilk-related Posts on the CFH Blog

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Dressings and Dips

Lactic Cheese and Cultured Buttermilk Ranch Chip Dip

Parmesan Salad Dressing

Blue Cheese Dressing

Fermented Ranch Dressing

Southwestern Cultured Cream Dip

Cultured Ranch Dip with Yogurt, Sour Cream, or Kefir

Cultured Dairy Dill Dip with Yogurt, Sour Cream, or Kefir

Lacto-fermented Garlic, Sour Cream, and Soft Goat Cheese Dip

Southwestern Buttermilk Lacto-fermented Salsa Dressing

Creamy Greek Salad Dressing

Crème Fraîche Mustard Sauce

Appetizer Salads with Pistachio and Goat Cheese Dressing

Cheeses and Spreads

Moist Buttermilk Cheese Italian Spread

Simple Buttermilk Quark

Making Cottage Cheese with Buttermilk

Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Cultured Vanilla Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Buttermilk Herb Butter


Breads and Pastries

Easy No-knead Whole Wheat Peachy Almond Loaf

Soaked Flour Whole Wheat Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

Cultured Dairy Chocolate Cake

Sauerkraut Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream Frosting

Sauerkraut Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Soaked Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Old-Fashioned Steamed Brown Bread with Sprouted Flours

Sour Cream Doughnuts

Buttermilk-soaked Pumpkin Scones

Light and Fluffy Buttermilk-soaked Cornbread

Buttermilk-soaked Rieska

Buttermilk-soaked Rye and Spelt Soda Bread

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Buttermilk-Soaked Baked Dutch-Style Pancakes


Dairy Desserts

Buttermilk Ice Cream

Buttermilk Pancake Syrup

Cultured Ice Cream (and how to make it without a machine)

Strawberry Sour Cream Ice Cream

Russian Baked Milk

Sour Cream Spice Cake

Sour Cream Vanilla Frosting


Main Dishes and Salads

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Waffles

Simple Soaked Whole Wheat Hotcakes

Grain-free Pancakes with Cultured Dairy

Bulgur Flour Wheat Pancakes and Honey-Cinnamon Syrup

Cultured Dairy Soaked Gluten-free Buckwheat Pancakes

Cottage Cheese Blintzes with Soaked Flour Buttermilk Crepes

Grain-free Crispy Buttermilk Baked Chicken

Radish and Sour Cream Salad

Mexican Rice Salad with Sour Cream and Kefir Dressing

Red Potatoes and Green Beans in Sage Sour Cream Sauce

Soaked Molasses-sweetened Baked Oatmeal

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Sour Cream and Cultured Butter

30-Minute Skillet Stroganoff



Instant Probiotic Smoothie

Cranberry Smoothie

Apple Pie Smoothie

Banana Smoothie

Basic Fruit Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie

Healthy Smoothie

Orange Smoothie

Pumpkin Smoothie

Mango Smoothie

Watermelon Smoothie

Tropical Smoothie

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