What does buttermilk mean?

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ˈbʌt ərˌmɪlkbut·ter·milk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. buttermilknoun

    residue from making butter from sour raw milk; or pasteurized milk curdled by adding a culture


  1. buttermilknoun

    The liquid left over after producing butter from full cream milk by the churning process, also called traditional buttermilk.

  2. buttermilknoun

    Cultured buttermilk, a fermented dairy product produced from cow's milk, with a characteristically sour taste.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buttermilknoun

    the milk that remains after the butter is separated from the cream


  1. Buttermilk

    Buttermilk refers to a number of dairy drinks. Originally, buttermilk was the liquid left behind after churning butter out of cream. This type of buttermilk is known as traditional buttermilk. The term buttermilk also refers to a range of fermented milk drinks, common in warm climates where unrefrigerated fresh milk sours quickly, as well as in colder climates, such as Germany, Poland, Scandinavia, Finland and the Netherlands. This fermented dairy product known as cultured buttermilk is produced from cow's milk and has a characteristically sour taste caused by lactic acid bacteria. This variant is made using one of two species of bacteria—either Streptococcus lactis or Lactobacillus bulgaricus, which creates more tartness. The tartness of buttermilk is due to acid in the milk. The increased acidity is primarily due to lactic acid produced by lactic acid bacteria while fermenting lactose, the primary sugar in milk. As the bacteria produce lactic acid, the pH of the milk decreases and casein, the primary milk protein, precipitates, causing the curdling or clabbering of milk. This process makes buttermilk thicker than plain milk. While both traditional and cultured buttermilk contain lactic acid, traditional buttermilk tends to be less viscous, whereas cultured buttermilk is more viscous.

Editors Contribution

  1. buttermilk

    A type of milk and dairy product.

    Buttermilk is used to make cakes, bread and for various other purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 21, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of buttermilk in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of buttermilk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  1. Bolivian Proverb:

    A quarrel is like buttermilk, the more you stir it, the more sour it grows.

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