but·​ter·​milk | \ˈbə-tər-ˌmilk \

Definition of buttermilk 

1 : the liquid left after butter has been churned from milk or cream

2 : cultured milk made by the addition of suitable bacteria to sweet milk

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There are plenty of menu staples like a fried chicken buttermilk biscuit with red pepper jelly and the signature omelet stuffed with Benton’s bacon and pimento cheese. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch Places in Atlanta," 21 Aug. 2018 Melt 3 tablespoons butter and whisk into buttermilk mixture. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Sheet Pan Pancake with Blueberry Syrup," 17 Aug. 2018 Remove tomato slices from buttermilk and dredge in cornmeal mixture. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Hoppin John’s Fried Green Tomatoes with Dixie Sauce," 23 May 2018 People were making chocolate buttermilk cakes with pecan and coconut toppings likely decades before Calay even baked her first cake. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "The not-so-German origins of German chocolate cake," 9 May 2018 To celebrate the opening, the restaurant will give diners a free order of buttermilk dollar cakes on Monday. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Easter brunch: Egg recipes from Scramble restaurant are easy, filling and feed a crowd," 27 Mar. 2018 Makes one 9-inch round The batter for this simple buttermilk cake is topped with a layer of orange marmalade. Jean Kressy, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: A simple buttermilk cake has a hidden layer of orange marmalade in the batter," 12 Mar. 2018 In a medium bowl, mix together buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and honey. Melissa Clark, charlotteobserver, "Easy pancakes make any morning special," 26 June 2018 Make batter: In a large mixing bowl, whisk the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla together until well combined. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Tyler Florence's Banana Pancakes with Pecans (recipe)," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of buttermilk

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of buttermilk

: the liquid that is left after butter has been made from milk or cream


but·​ter·​milk | \ˈbə-tər-ˌmilk \

Kids Definition of buttermilk

: the liquid left after churning butter from milk or cream


but·​ter·​milk | \ˈbət-ər-ˌmilk \

Medical Definition of buttermilk 

1 : the liquid left after butter has been churned from milk or cream

2 : cultured milk made by the addition of suitable bacteria to sweet milk

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