Yesterday I thought finding full fat buttermilk was difficult; today I’ve decided it’s impossible.
I’ve checked all the Walmart stores in the Joplin area (and I think there are seven!) and they only have low fat buttermilk, IF they have any buttermilk. This morning Vince had to drop a box off at UPS so we ran by Harp’s, another grocery store. They only had low fat buttermilk. Vince had to take the pickup to have some a/c work done so he ran by a grocery store in Carthage and they only had low fat buttermilk. We called Natural Grocer and a health food store. Natural Grocer has low fat, the health food store has none. We called a few grocery stores in nearby areas and they either don’t have buttermilk or it’s all low fat buttermilk.
Then Vince said “There’s a big Hiland Dairy facility here. I’ll just call them!” He called and talked to the buttermilk guru. All their buttermilk, even the Bulgarian buttermilk, which I would have sworn was full fat, starts with 1% milk and none of their buttermilk is full fat. He told Vince that the Carthage Walmart will get in 9 cartons of Bulgarian buttermilk tomorrow and the Neosho Walmart should have 19 now. Neosho is about an hour away so we may for Bulgarian tomorrow but probably not.
How crazy is that? Now that the Hiland guy explained about Bulgarian, I’m not sure how long it’s been since I had full fat buttermilk from a store.
There is a local dairy here and they sell raw milk. We used to drive from Nevada, MO to Carthage to get their milk so we need to get over there and buy some milk. I’ll have to pasteurize it before culturing it for buttermilk but I will drink it raw. I can use some of the cream from the raw milk to make butter. Can’t get much better than that!
In the meantime, I’m culturing storebought whole milk to make whole fat buttermilk. We made buttermilk that way a lot several years and and Vince liked it better than the Bulgarian buttermilk we were buying in the store.
While doing my research about whether or not it really matters if I have full fat buttermilk, I came across this article that was interesting. Even though it’s one of the few that seems to say it doesn’t matter if you use full fat buttermilk or not, which I don’t agree with . . it’s a good article about buttermilk and the different kinds.