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What distinguishes whole milk from cream from half and half from buttermilk?

Asked by sarahsugs (2898points) March 25th, 2007
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nomtastic's avatar
whole milk is milk with all of its original fat content (homogenized in), cream is just the fat that floats to the top, half and half is a combination of these.
nomtastic's avatar
i couldn't tell you about buttermilk.
bpeoples's avatar
Buttermilk was originally the liquid left over from making butter. Modern buttermilk (cultured buttermilk) is regular milk that's had live bacteria cultures added to it to sour and thicken it.
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Apparently traditional buttermilk is thin and slightly tart, cultured buttermilk is thick and quite tart.
lilakess's avatar
To make buttermilk, you can "sour" regular milk with a couple tablespoons of white vinegar or lemon juice.

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