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Leanne
02-13-2001, 09:55 AM
That's pretty much it - how do you tell? I used it in a recipe. I've nenever drunk the stuff plain. So, I wouldn't know a taste difference. I think it smells & looks weird - so I'm not sure I could tell by that either. The date on it's Feb 8th & it's been open about a week.

Any help?

sneezles
02-13-2001, 10:10 AM
I dump mine if it has curdles-I have often used it when it's beyond the date but still is rather smooth when pouring it. As for taste, it tastes rather sour anyway!

Leslie w
02-13-2001, 10:15 AM
Incidentally I heard from CL that you can freeze buttermilk. That's my biggest pet peeve about the stuff. You have to buy it in these big containers and most recipes call for only a cup.

Leanne
02-13-2001, 10:51 AM
I forgot that - now I'm not sure if it's too late.

Ed
02-13-2001, 02:19 PM
Hi Leanne,

Generally milk will still be good for a week to 10 days after the expiration date, so your butter milk is probably O.K.

I know what you mean though about the taste of Butter Milk, However if it is sour, (spoiled,) you should be able to tell by the taste and the smell.

I would suggest that if you're in doubt, just go buy another quart.

It's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to ingredients.

Just my 2 cent's worth.

Ed

P.S. I needed to edit my message because my computer is up to it's old tricks again.

It changes the spelling on some words I type from the correct way to spell a word to an incorrect way to spell it.

I hope now that it won't do it this time. If, however, you see a word misspelled now you'll know it's the computer.

I hope the rest of you don't have as rambunctious a computer as I do.

Ed

[This message has been edited by Ed (edited 02-13-2001).]

Curleytop
02-13-2001, 04:12 PM
Why not use the powdered SACO BUTTERMILK!
I keep it in my fridge and use it anytime I need it for a recipe. It tells you how much to use (you disolve it in water). If your recipe has liquids, just deduct the amount that you need to reconstitute the buttermilk powder.

Beth
02-14-2001, 12:23 AM
I use the powdered buttermilk for many things also, mainly baking. I usually stir the amount of powder I need (3-4 T per cup)into the dry ingredients and then use water in place of the liquid buttermilk. If you use this method, do blend the dry ingredients together before adding the liquid to avoid potential white bumps in the finished product.

Gail
02-14-2001, 12:55 AM
Dunno, Leanne. In my opinion, it looks and smells like it's gone bad as soon as you open it. So, I go by the date, too, dumping it about 7 days after whatever's marked. Tell you what-- I've got a quart about as old as yours-- let's have a dump the buttermilk party. http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gif

Leanne
02-14-2001, 09:08 AM
Originally posted by Gail:
Dunno, Leanne. In my opinion, it looks and smells like it's gone bad as soon as you open it. So, I go by the date, too, dumping it about 7 days after whatever's marked. Tell you what-- I've got a quart about as old as yours-- let's have a dump the buttermilk party. http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gif

I'm with ya Gail - I'll be dumping it tonight!


Also - I'm gathering from everyone's posts that no one really has any idea to tell if it's bad. I may have to invest in the powder kind next time.

Grace
02-14-2001, 10:09 AM
As Ed said, you DO know when it's bad by tasting it and smelling it, but that infers that you have to know what it tastes like plain, when it's still good (then you'll be able to discern the difference). I suggest drinking a little bit (it really is good, at least in my opinion), at least so you know what it's SUPPOSED to taste like, if for no other reason. Then, if you're ever wondering if it's bad, you can taste it again. Believe me, you'll know!

Leanne
02-14-2001, 12:45 PM
Originally posted by Grace:
As Ed said, you DO know when it's bad by tasting it and smelling it, but that infers that you have to know what it tastes like plain, when it's still good (then you'll be able to discern the difference). I suggest drinking a little bit (it really is good, at least in my opinion), at least so you know what it's SUPPOSED to taste like, if for no other reason. Then, if you're ever wondering if it's bad, you can taste it again. Believe me, you'll know!


Next time I will taste it at the begining so I'll know.

SandyM
02-14-2001, 12:50 PM
Ick. Ick, ick, ick, and ICK. To me it would ALWAYS taste bad!!

My dad used to drink it. Once when I was around 12 or 13 he asked me to get him a glass. Some dripped over the side of the glass, so I took my finger, wiped it off, and put it in my mouth.

Ick. Ick, ick, ick, and ICK!! http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/eek.gif

I have powdered buttermilk, and it's awesome!

Angelina
02-14-2001, 04:02 PM
My brother and I used to drink so much buttermilk when we were little!! Nice and cold..so refreshing!
The way you can tell if it's bad or not is simple. When it's bad, it will be clumpy, with water floating on top. It won't just be pleasantly sour. It will be harsh and yucky.

Hope this helps! http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/biggrin.gif

Gail
02-14-2001, 04:06 PM
Originally posted by SandyM:
Ick. Ick, ick, ick, and ICK. To me it would ALWAYS taste bad!!...


Ick. Ick, ick, ick, and ICK!! http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/eek.gif



...but do you like it or not? http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/tongue.gif

Leanne
02-14-2001, 04:24 PM
Angelina - It seemed thick & gross from the beginning. I had to shake it up. It was smooth then. If it was bad from the get-go, we didn't get sick off of either meal. http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gif (whew!)

Luiza
02-14-2001, 06:08 PM
Buttermilk is thick and it clumps, but smooths out when shaken. That's how it's supposed to look like. And it tastes like a cross between milk and yogurt, slightly acidic. It's a refreshing drink in the summer, but I prefer the full-fat version for that. When it's bad, it separates more like yogurt, with a lot of very thin liquid.

Leanne, hope this reassures you that your buttermilk was not bad from the beginning! And give it a try, you might like the taste. http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gif

Luiza