Buttermilk is kind of having a moment. The New York Times has given buttermilk a lengthy, loving spotlight article. We're suddenly talking about how to conserve our leftover buttermilk. Ranch dressing is totally ready to make its epic comeback.

If you care to know a bit more about the science of where buttermilk comes from, Slate's L.V. Anderson has got an excellent and quick primer for you. If you just want to talk about how delicious it is... stay right here.

Buttermilk is our kitchen's secret weapon. It is the key ingredient in our finally perfected homemade Ranch dressing. It makes Buttermilk Pudding Cakes from The Lee Bros. "Simple Fresh Southern" perfectly moist and springy. Fried chicken does not get made without first taking a buttermilk bath. It makes mashed potatoes luxurious and can even improve ice cream. And finally, it is also the secret ingredient in nearly every single one of our favorite soups.

There is something about buttermilk's careful balancing act between being milk and being something more like sour cream that makes it feel so special. Below, you'll find just a fraction of the things we can think to put this magical liquid in. What do you use buttermilk for?




Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.

Related on HuffPost:

Loading Slideshow...
  • Peanut Butter Fudge Coffee Ice Cream Cupcakes

    <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/05/peanut-butter-fudge-coffee-ice-cream-cupcakes/" target="_blank"> Peanut Butter Fudge Coffee Ice Cream Cupcakes recipe</a> by How Sweet It Is</strong>

  • Snickers Ice Cream Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bakersroyale.com/ice-cream-and-frozen-desserts/snickers-ice-cream-cake/" target="_blank">Snickers Ice Cream Cake recipe</a> by Bakers Royale</strong>

  • Fudge Ribboned Blackberry & Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream Dessert

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.you-made-that.com/fudge-ribboned-blackberry-vanilla-bean-ice-cream-dessert/" target="_blank">Fudge Ribboned Blackberry & Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream Dessert recipe</a> by You Made That?</strong>

  • S'mores Ice Cream Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/09/gooey-smores-ice-cream-mess-err-i-mean-cake/" target="_blank">S'mores Ice Cream Cake recipe</a> by How Sweet It Is</strong>

  • Fudge Brownie And Coconut Ice Cream Cupcakes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/06/fudge-brownie-and-coconut-ice-cream-cupcakes/" target="_blank">Fudge Brownie and Coconut Ice Cream Cupcakes recipe</a> by How Sweet It Is</strong>

  • 7-Layer Ice Cream Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.pipandebby.com/pip-ebby/2012/5/4/7-layer-ice-cream-cake.html" target="_blank">7-Layer Ice Cream Cake recipe</a> by Pip & Ebby</strong>

  • Brooklyn Blackout Semifreddo Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/22302-brooklyn-blackout-semifreddo-cake" target="_blank">Brooklyn Blackout Semifreddo Cake recipe</a> by sdebrango via Food52</strong>

  • Frozen Swiss Roll Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.pipandebby.com/pip-ebby/2013/6/11/frozen-swiss-cake-roll-ice-cream-sandwich-cake.html" target="_blank">Frozen Swiss Roll Ice Cream Sandwich Cake recipe</a> by Pip & Ebby</strong>

  • Banana Split Ice Cream Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2011/07/29/banana-split-ice-cream-torte/" target="_blank">Banana Split Ice Cream Cake recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Nutella Crunch Ice Cream Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.afamilyfeast.com/nutella-crunch-ice-cream-cake/" target="_blank">Nutella Crunch Ice Cream Cake recipe</a> by A Family Feast</strong>

  • Chocolate Vanilla Oreo Reese's Ice Cream Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.thesweetslife.com/2013/06/chocolate-vanilla-oreo-reeses-ice-cream.html" target="_blank">Chocolate Vanilla Oreo Reese's Ice Cream Cake recipe </a>by The Sweets Life</strong>

  • Bailey's Double Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://confessionsofabakingqueen.com/baileys-chocolate-ice-cream-pie/" target="_blank">Bailey's Double Chocolate Ice Cream Cake recipe</a> by Confessions of a Baking Queen</strong>

  • S'mores Ice Cream Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2012/07/27/smores-ice-cream-cake/" target="_blank">S'mores Ice Cream Cake recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Turtle Ice Cream Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://paintchipsandfrosting.com/2013/06/28/turtle-ice-cream-cake/" target="_blank">Turtle Ice Cream Cake recipe</a> by Paint Chips and Frosting</strong>