This is a story I’ve probably told on here a dozen times. I was probably 6 years old. My dad loved buttermilk and I can’t remember if I’d never had it or already knew I didn’t like it and didn’t know it was buttermilk. My dad got a big glass of buttermilk. I thought it was plain milk and reached for it to get myself a drink. My dad stood back watching. I took a big gulp and spit it all over the kitchen floor. I don’t remember what happened after that and that’s probably a good thing.
Somewhere along the way, I grew to love buttermilk but only “good” buttermilk and “good” buttermilk isn’t always easy to find. I mentioned the other day that I pretty much only like Bulgarian buttermilk but not all Bulgarian buttermilk is created equally. We have a Brookshire’s grocery store here and they have their own brand of Bulgarian buttermilk and I love it . . more than I love Dr. Pepper!
A week or so ago, it was announced that our Kroger store is closing in March. Vince buys his Uncle Sam’s cereal there so that’s the only thing we’re going to miss. We’ve not been big fans of the Kroger store here. But, that got me thinking . . what would I do if something ever happened to Brookshire’s. It’s a small store, rather expensive . . I don’t shop there except for my buttermilk.
In my recent buttermilk post, a reader commented about making more buttermilk by adding fresh milk to a bit of buttermilk and letting it culture and make more. So . . I’m trying it. I’ve made buttermilk but I’ve only made it from a purchased culture. Yesterday I began researching it and found (or I think this is what I found) that it’s a different culture that creates the Bulgarian buttermilk.
I think I should be able to do it like I do my yogurt in the pressure cooker so I have a batch of that making now, and I have a jar of milk with buttermilk sitting out on the counter to see what that does. I don’t mind buying buttermilk but if I can make it from a culture and get a good product, that will make me very happy.
Of course, I’ll keep you posted on how it all turns out.