It’s easy to be bewildered by buttermilk.
Part of the confusion actually stems from its versatility as an ingredient: why is this thing that’s in my pancake recipe also a major feature in this fried chicken dish? How can it work in both smoothies and quick breads alike? It’s not actually milk, and it’s not butter…so is it just sour milk? Because, to be honest, that doesn’t exactly get the ol’ salivary glands going.
Well, don’t you worry, because we’ve got you covered for everything you need to know about this essential baking ingredient. Welcome, friends, to Buttermilk 101.