What’s Buttermilk For? A Four-Year-Old Weighs In

“Mommy, how do you make buttermilk?” my four-year-old asked at dinner the other night.

I don’t have a smartphone, so I had to answer based on what I remembered from the Little House on the Prairie books. “Well, I think you make butter and then take the leftover liquid and maybe let it culture—er, spoil—a little and then you drink it, which your Nana likes to do, or you—”

I was going to go on to explain that you can also use buttermilk to make pancakes, but he interrupted with a literary reference of his own. “No, you don’t!” he yelled. “You don’t drink buttermilk! You put it on pigs!” Read More