Everything you wanted to know about Buttermilk but were afraid to ask

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day which means you need to bake a delicious Soda Bread and locate some green clothes. What makes soda bread rise is not yeast, rather it’s the reaction between the acids in buttermilk and the basic compounds in baking soda… Science! (learn more here)

Here’s a list of frequently asked questions and answers related to our locally made buttermilk

What is Buttermilk?

Our buttermilk is an unsalted cultured milk drink made by adding four live and active cultures to the best local whole milk.

Where does the milk for your Buttermilk come from?

To make our buttermilk, Sunrise Family Farms sources fresh, creamy milk from 10 local dairy farms.

Who makes Five Acre Farms Buttermilk?

Each batch of Five Acre Farms Local Buttermilk is made at Sunrise Family Farms in Norwich, New York.

How is Buttermilk made?

We add four live and active cultures to fresh, creamy whole milk. During the culturing process, some of the milk sugar lactose changes to lactic acid, making the milk more acidic, which gives the buttermilk its characteristic tart flavor. Milk proteins (primarily casein) are not soluble under acidic conditions and precipitate, making buttermilk thicker than regular milk.

Which cultures are added to Five Acre Farms Buttermilk?

We add four live and active cultures: lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar. diacetylactis and leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris.

What are the best uses of Buttermilk?

Our buttermilk, naturally loaded with calcium, riboflavin, potassium, and vitamin B12, is a healthy choice to drink straight, and it’s excellent for baking and cooking. Try it as a tangy base for soups, salad dressings, and marinades and as a coating before frying or baking poultry and fish.