Friday, 29 October 2010

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Buttermilk/Kærnemælk/白脱乳牛奶[bái tuō rǔ niú nǎi] – from 10 months


It is wise to feed babies a little buttermilk or yoghurt from time to time to familiarize them with the sour taste. I am a bit "kiasu", and I am buying the organic buttermilk.

I figure that if all the daycare in Denmark is serving oganic milk, there must be a reason for it. There must be a reason that despite the squeeze in money to run the welfare state, the Danish government is serving organic milk that cost almost twice more than normal milk to daycare and kindergarten.

Nutritional Value:
Buttermilk is lower in fat than regular milk, because the fat has been removed to make butter. It is also high in potassium, vitamin B12, calcium, and riboflavin as well as a good source of phosphorus.

Those with digestive problems are often advised to drink buttermilk rather than milk, as it is more quickly digested. Buttermilk has more lactic acid than skim milk.

Tips:
For those watching their caloric and/or fat intake, try putting a couple of tablespoons of buttermilk on your baked potato or in mashed potatoes as a substitution for sour cream or butter. You will get both the buttery flavor and the slight tang of sour cream with a fraction of the calories. You can also make mock sour cream using buttermilk powder.

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Additional Information:
I didn’t know the existence of such a milk called buttermilk, until I started baking bread and the recipe calls for buttermilk. Denmark has so many different kinds of milk that I don’t know exist in this world (ha ha… yes I am ignorant, but I am a Chinese, and we only drink one kind of milk, if we drink any!)

Buttermilk has a little sour taste and it is a little like natural yogurt, but more fluid. I don’t like the taste so much, but my Significant Other loves it. Within one day, he drank the remaining of the 1 litre that I bought. My Significant Other said that he used to drink it when he was a kid. Oh that explains why he loves it and I don't. His tastebuds have been shaped from young.

I am now trying to introduce it myself and to J, but I am a little too late, as he is now 14 months old. He doesn't like it :-( I should have introduced it when he was 10 months old or younger.

References:
http://homecooking.about.com/od/foodhealthinformation/a/buttermilkhelth.htm

https://www.westonaprice.org/Feeding-Babies.html

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