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May 14th is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then slap some butter on some flaky biscuits because it's National Buttermilk Biscuit Day!  I'm sure you can find an excuse to munch on a few!  Let's get right into celebrating National Buttermilk Biscuit Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Today is a holiday because this is probably one of the most common biscuits you'll have served up to you in the United States. Some of you might have already celebrated today without even knowing it; that's how popular they are! These aren't the type of biscuits you'd find in the United Kingdom or the kind you'd give to your dog... No these are light, flaky and oh so good, so why not celebrate them?  The secret ingredient which makes these biscuits so unique is buttermilk, which originally was just the liquid left over after you churned butter. It would be allowed to sit for a while and the bacteria in it would create lactic acid and ferment the milk a bit.

It doesn't sound too tasty but the lactic acid keeps bad stuff from growing in their and it increased the shelf life. Down with the bad stuff and up with the long-lasting buttermilk!  But now a days the milk is pasteurized, homogenized and then they add in their own lactic acid culture in an attempt to make it like the buttermilk of old. They sometimes even add salt into the mix, yum huh? So things aren't quite the same today but either way, buttermilk is a very thick milk that helps add to the flavor and texture of the buttermilk biscuits we know and love.  Pass the butter please!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, I'm willing to bet you could go to almost any local, family restaurant in your area and they're going to have some buttermilk biscuits waiting for you. So why not take your family, friends or lover out to a nice dinner tonight? Order up something tasty with some buttermilk biscuits on the side and enjoy the satisfactory feelings of celebration.  And guess what?  You don't have to do the dishes!

Or you're always welcome to whip up your own buttermilk biscuits at home. You can get ready-made mixes or make them from scratch. Either way, it's not going to take long at all! Just make sure to leave the mix nice and crumbly. If you whip it up too smooth then the biscuits won't be that flaky, but really I guess that's all up to you and how you want your biscuits to be!  Plus you can add in any flavorful ingredient you want into the mix to make some unique buttermilk biscuits. You can add in onions, garlic, cheeses and any spice you can think of!  Heck, toss some meat into the mix like some crumbled bacon or even some gravy.  Experiment with the flavors and you might come up with your new favorite biscuit recipe... if not, the dog will love them!  Enjoy your day and butter those biscuits!





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