Do you use goat milk instead of cow milk? Would you like to make your own dairy products instead of buying them?
I make my own buttermilk using the milk from our own dairy goats!
And it’s really easy to make!
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Make Your Own Cultured Goat Milk Buttermilk!
Buttermilk is used for so many different things. It is used for all types of cooking and baking, making certain types of cheeses, soaking grains, and some people choose to drink it straight. (I personally don’t drink it by itself, but I know that my grandpa used to:)
In my own kitchen I use buttermilk to soak grains as well as to create delicious baked goods!
I also use this buttermilk recipe to make my own Chèvre Goat Cheese (recipe coming soon, I promise!). This cheese is amazing and a real hit among my friends and family. And it just wouldn’t be the same without this Cultured Goat Milk Buttermilk!
So, you might be asking why you should make your own buttermilk instead of buying it?
1. Raw or organic goat milk buttermilk is probably going to be hard to find. You definitely aren’t going to find it in a regular grocery store, but you might be able to find it in a specialty store. I personally have never seen it anywhere though.
2. It allows you to be more self-sufficient. Being self-sufficient is something that I strive for. I like to provide things for my family and I like knowing that if something is not available I have the ability to make it myself!
3. Things that you can make or grow yourself are normally healthier. I personally like knowing that the milk I use came from my own healthy goats, and that I know exactly what they are fed! I also know that my buttermilk truly is full of live cultures that have never been heated or destroyed.
4. And last but not least, homemade just tastes better! It tastes just like grandma used to do it! 😉
What ingredients do I need to make Cultured Goat Milk Buttermilk?
You really don’t need much! You only need two ingredients!
1. A quart of room temperature milk
2. 1-2 tablespoons of a previous batch of buttermilk, buttermilk culture, or 1-2 tablespoons of organic store bought live cultured buttermilk.
How do I make Cultured Goat Milk Buttermilk?
First, let’s talk about our culture.
I actually was able to get a small jar of goat milk buttermilk from my good friend Maureen to start making my buttermilk.
But, she started her buttermilk by buying a good quality buttermilk from the store.
Now, you’re probably only going to be able to find cow milk buttermilk at the store. That’s ok! You’re only going to use a couple of tablespoons to make your buttermilk. After a few batches there shouldn’t be any cow milk left in the buttermilk
If you really don’t want to use the cow milk at all, or if you have an allergy to cow milk. You can purchase a buttermilk starter culture to use to start your buttermilk.
But, no matter how you choose to start your buttermilk, after the first batch you will use your own buttermilk to make all future batches.
What supplies do I need?
You will need:
1. A glass quart jar with a lid (I prefer these plastic lids)
2. A Tablespoon
3. A spoon to stir your buttermilk
1. First, add 1-2 tablespoons of a previous batch of buttermilk (or store bought buttermilk) to your glass quart jar. It does not matter that the buttermilk is cold. 1-2 tablespoons is not enough to affect the temperature of the whole jar.
If you are using a starter culture for your first batch of buttermilk, then follow the directions on the package.
2. Next you are going to add a quart of fresh milk to the jar. Now this milk can NOT be cold. I personally make my buttermilk first thing after milking. Immediately after straining my freshly milked goat milk I add it to my jar. This way I know that my milk is nice and warm and the perfect temperature for encouraging the growth of the culture.
If you are not using milk from your own goats however, you will need to heat your refrigerated milk to room temperature on the stove. (If you are considering milking your own goats then be sure to read about the Goat Milking Supplies that you will need and 9 Tips for the Best Tasting Goat Milk)
3. After adding your two ingredients you need to stir it well.
4. Next cover your buttermilk with a lid. I prefer using these plastic lids as the metal lids and bands get kind of gross and rusted from the acidicness of the buttermilk.
Also, be sure to label your jar so that you remember that it contains buttermilk and the date it was made. Your kids probably won’t appreciate it if you mistake the buttermilk for regular milk;) I use this label maker and love it!
5. Sit your buttermilk in a cabinet for 24 hours. After 24 hours transfer your buttermilk to the fridge. Shake well before using.
And that’s it’s!
You have just made your own Cultured Goat Milk Buttermilk!
How easy was that?!
The only thing you need to remember now, is to save at least two tablespoons of your buttermilk so that you can make a new batch!
I try to make a new batch of buttermilk at least once a month, however you can make it as frequently as you want.
I have made a batch using buttermilk that sat in the fridge for longer than a month. But the longer your buttermilk sits the less buttermilk you will need to make your next batch. If my buttermilk is pretty fresh I usually use 2 tablespoons. But if it has been sitting in the fridge for a while and is pretty strong, then I use only 1 tablespoon.
Do you make your own dairy products? Have you ever made your own buttermilk? Let me know in the comments below!