Market Look-For’s

  • An ingredient list that includes milk and culture.
  • Avoid additives like carrageen or agar agar. I find this to make the buttermilk unnaturally smooth.
  • Find milk that you believe in. For me, that is milk that is free of rBH and ideally either organic or raised humanely.


  • Buttermilk will have an expiration date, but it technically has already gone off, so I ignore that date. Just smell it and pitch if it tastes excessively sour or has mold on the inside.


  • The acidity in buttermilk is what gives pancakes and biscuits their lift. If you don’t have buttermilk in the house, mimic it by thinning yogurt with some milk.