Aug 10, 2006, 12:43 PM
Post #9 of 12
Lol, definitively not the same, Jonna, buttermilk has different cultures and - in commercial buttermilk - they are not live. Mixes of various cultures give different tastes ... and different health benefits: some cultures are very "shy" while others are aggressive and try to crowd out the "shy" ones, while the "shy ones are the most beneficial.
Only in Sweden (which is neither a part of Caucasus nor Eastern Europe) there are at least five different varieties of pure cultured milk (not counting different milk variations and fruit or other additives). It's like with cheeses: camembert does not taste like gorgonzola, nor like cheddar, gouda, mascarpone, mozzarella, ricotta and so on. It might taste a bit like brie, but even there is a distinctive difference. And even camembert will taste different made from spring milk and fall milk, based on differences in humidity, temperature and a lot of other factors affecting it while it is maturing. Drop in over when I get to Costa Allegre (in less than a month) and I'll make some kefir for you. I might even make some yoghurt and buttermilk, too, just to let you taste them all and see the difference.
Just watch out: you might get addicted: when I started sharing my excess cottage made kefir and cheeses in Monteverde (Costa Rica) I became soon inundated with requests from residents and restaurants to make them available commercially... I had neither time nor inclination (since I made cultured milk drinks and cheeses only when it rained too hard to go hike the jungle) and referred them to the local cheese factory... (Monteverde has a famous cheese factory with excellent cheeses, ice-creams etc... they just did not have the type of stuff I was making) and finally I had to teach some locals how to make them. (Not rocket science, but you need to be very clean and pay attention to what's happening all the time, or you'll get at best mediocre results).
Come to think of it ... it could make a good addition to that organic farm concept with goats we discussed not so long ago. Would add a few high-margin products to the farm output.
Vivere non est necesse, navigare necesse est!
(This post was edited by MariaLund on Aug 10, 2006, 12:48 PM)