Buttermilk Powder Review and Giveaway

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Back in August I posted about buttermilk and why I liked to keep it on hand to use in my cooking. After that post I was contacted by SACO Foods about their buttermilk powder and other products. They wanted to let me know about their buttermilk powder and why it works so well. They explained why store bought buttermilk is not real buttermilk and how their product is. You can find more information here on that. I love the science behind food and found the information very interesting and helpful.

They sent me a box of their products to try. I was very surprised to learn that they make more than just buttermilk powder. They sent me chocolate chunks, chocolate and white chocolate dolci frutta, powdered milk, cocoa and an apron.

When I first saw the chocolate I was not sure what to think because I am kind of picky about the chocolate I use for my cookies. I decided to give the chocolate chunks a try in my favorite cookie recipe. They turned out really well. This chocolate was really good.

The Dolci Frutta is chocolate that you melt to make a chocolate dip for fruit. I had intended on buying some strawberries and other fruits to use this for, but my kids needed something to do one Saturday afternoon, so I let them give this a try.  They loved it. It was so easy for my girls to use. We melted it in the microwave and they dipped pretzels, marshmallows, and bananas in it. They had a great time and were very happy that they had made something we could snack on during a football game. I am definitely going to have them use this again. The pretzels dipped in the chocolate was everyone’s favorite. I think these chocolate dipped pretzels would be a great treat for my girls to make around the holidays.

I have actually used the powdered milk before and liked the product. I used the cocoa in a cookie recipe, and it also had really good flavor.

The buttermilk powder I tried in several things, and I think it is a good product to keep on hand. Especially for those of you who don’t use much buttermilk. This is an easy way to use buttermilk without having to buy it regularly. I think this would work well for people like my parents who don’t have a large family that they are cooking for and only use buttermilk occasionally.

One of the substitutes that people use for buttermilk is milk and vinegar. One of the things that I have not liked about that trick is it is not as thick as buttermilk and does not taste as good as buttermilk. I used the SACO buttermilk powder in several things, and I really liked the taste. I used it in a soup that turned out really well. I also used it in an overnight biscuit recipe (will post that soon) that I have made many times. It worked well in both of these. In pancakes, however, I found it to be too thin, but I fixed that by just adding a little less water to it.  With this one change, it worked fine, and it had great flavor.

According to SACO foods buttermilk powder is also a great addition to bread products and here is why.

Buttermilk is a wonderful ingredient for baked goods.  Breads rely so much on structure to be a good loaf, which is why they benefit so much from having Buttermilk in them.  The liquid buttermilk in today’s dairy case is merely cultured skim milk, with no real buttermilk actually in it.  Although today’s liquid buttermilk is a suitable substitute for the old-fashioned real buttermilk, it is not the best.  Saco Buttermilk Blend is real buttermilk.  Real buttermilk contains emulsifiers that help give baked goods much more tender with better structure.  Emulsifiers help bind the ingredients together, for better blending, and overall better results.

I have yet to try the buttermilk powder in my bread products, but I hope to soon.

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


  1. Would love to try it. When I buy buttermilk it always seems to go bad before I use it all. Thanks!

  2. I’d LOVE to win, thanks for the chance!

  3. What a great idea. I’d love to try it.

  4. I make several recipes that require buttermilk but I usually end up wasting some of the buttermilk. I don’t really like the adding vinegar to regular milk to get the same effect, it never turns out quite as yummy as using the actual buttermilk. I would love to win this pack and be able to try the powdered buttermilk.

  5. I love SACO products. I have the buttermilk powder in my fridge right now, and I love their cocoa powder. It has great flavor and is generally cheaper than the name brands.

  6. I just bought a container of the powdered buttermilk. The last bread I made with the vinegar/milk substitute was very tart, because I was trying for the thickness you mentioned. Needless to say, the vinegar taste overpowered the flavor of the bread–yuck.

    So, I am now ready to try it the RIGHT way with the powder. I’ll let you know how it turns out, but I’m sure we both already know.

  7. I’ve tried everything except the fruit dip. I’m sure my kids would love playing with that. Chocolate dipped pretzels would be a great holiday present for school!

  8. Sounds pretty yummy. I have been meaning to try a chocolate dip for strawberries.

  9. Megan Hawkins says:

    This is exciting. Powdered buttermilk is a great concept. I can not wait to try it.

  10. i’ve substituted yogurt before for buttermilk but never used the powder, ill make sure to try that soon!

  11. I have used their powder buttermilk before, and would definetely like to try their other products.

  12. I love the buttermilk powder, but I have not tried the other Saco products. I would love to give them a try. I love your blog and am so happy to have stumbled upon it.

  13. Carol Ann says:

    I love the Saco buttermilk powder. I have been using it for over 20 years. There is always some in my refrigerator.

  14. Very cool!

    Thanks for the tip about using less water in the pancake batter when using buttermilk powder, I didn’t think about that the last time I didn’t have liquid buttermilk and had to use the buttermilk powder for the pancake batter.

    I keep a canister of the buttermilk powder around for those times I run out of the liquid buttermilk.

    I would love to win the gift pack. :)

  15. I just tried the powdered buttermilk in your buttermilk chocolate bread recipe, and it turned very yummy.

  16. Ooh, I love their cocoa powder, it’s so much better than the store brand, and usually less expensive per ounce, this definitely has me intrigued about the buttermilk powder, maybe I will give it a try after all….I’ve always been more than a little skeptical, but with a glowing endorsement from another sahm/hsm, I think I may just have to cave.

  17. Alexandrea M says:

    Oh that is so awesome! I have seen their buttermilk for years but never really even stopped to think about what it was used for. As an avid cook and baker, that surprises me. They need some marketing!
    I have been making a lot of pizza dough lately and I’d love to see if I can make a buttermilky crust!

  18. SoCalLynn says:

    This is the powdered buttermilk I use all the time. It makes the cakes and scones very light and adds just a little extra tang to the flavor.

    Thanks for the pretzel idea, I am going to have my daughter and her friends make these this year for the holidays.


  19. I have used powdered buttermilk with good results. I have not tried the other products however. Thanks for your feedback regarding your test runs.

  20. Priscilla Schultz says:

    I have tried and really like their buttermilk powder. I would now like to try their other products.

  21. those pretzels look amaaaaazing!!

  22. I’m in that category of “don’t use buttermilk enough to keep it on hand.” But it certainly makes my pancakes better when I do have it. I would love to sample these things! Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. I just started getting into baking and just used buttermilk for the first time, I had to run out and buy it. This would be a great product to have on hand!

  24. I would love to try the buttermilk powder. I have never used powdered milk in my cooking, but now I am intrigued and would really like to try it out.

  25. I always worry about buying buttermilk because I don’t want to throw away what I don’t use. The powder would be a great alternative!

  26. Very interesting… I always skip recipes that call for buttermilk because I don’t like buying something that would end of going to waste. The powder would be a good option for someone like me. Thanks!!

  27. Kelly Ann T. says:

    What a perfect way to start off the holiday baking season. Thank you so much.

  28. Very cool!! This would be a great help for my holiday baking and candy making –thanks for the chance to win.

  29. I would love to try those products. I want to eat the pretzels right now!

  30. Thanks for your review and tips. All of these products look interesting. It has been years since I tried buttermilk powder, but I do like to use buttermilk!

  31. I’d LVOE to win! I just bought some powdered buttermild to use in waffles and was glad to read how you used them in pancakes and your tip to make it work better. Thanks!

  32. Would love to have some buttermilk powder, have wanted to have some on hand for a while!

  33. I would love to try all those yummy things!


  34. I would love to try these things, espcially the powdered buttermilk–I like to use buttermilk in cooking, but don’t buy it that often, this sounds like a good way to keep it on hand.

  35. I never heard of powdered buttermilk, I would use that instead of liquid for tons of recipes.

  36. ohh so exciting! i love a good giveaway and these look great!!

  37. The Crafty Dollar says:

    I would love to try the buttermilk powder. We make banana bread very often at my house and this is one of the things that I usually make a substitution for with the milk and vinegar trick.

  38. i LOVe chocolate covered pretzels. in college i subsisted largely off of the trader joes ones stuffed with peanut butter!

  39. I keep Saco Buttermilk powder and cocoa in my pantry. Didn’t know they also made chocolate chunks. Would love to win some of their products.

  40. Erika Billings says:

    I love the fact that it’s real buttermilk but you can use it anytime you need it. Great!!

  41. im so glad you posted about this! i hate having to buy a whole carton of buttermilk only to have it sitting for weeks in my fridge going bad because i just need a cup!

  42. yum yum yum! ohh i hope i win!

  43. Please enter me in your contest.

    Thank you,


  44. Thanks for the review. I have used their buttermilk powder before and liked it. I did not know they made other products either. The chocolates sound good and love the idea of the chocolate dipped pretzels.

  45. those look deeeeliccious!

  46. This sounds like a great buttermilk product. I would love to try it out on The Crispy Cook.

  47. I have started using buttermilk instead of the milk with lemon juice on your advice and it is better.

  48. I have not tried powdered buttermilk but would love to try it. Dipping pretzels in chocolate sounds good also.

  49. I was thinking about doing chocolate covered pretzels for the cookie/sweets exchange this year, so this would be a great thing to have.

  50. I have used their buttermilk powder and always keep a spare in my cabinet. For the money, it is the cheapest buttermilk powder that I have found. I use it in everything that calls for buttermilk. I make sure I mix it with the dry ingredients and then add the water.

  51. Marcia/cmriker1 says:

    I have used their buttermilk powder for many years. My mother, who grew up on a farm in Kentucky introduced me to it. She loved it!!! I have not tried their other products, yet.

  52. very intrigued by butter milk powder. I would love to try it

  53. How funny, I have a tub in the fridge right now of the saco buttermilk powder! I can’t remember the last time I purchased the dairy buttermilk … this was a real interesting read for me … the other stuff I have not tried so it would be interesting to give it a shot!

  54. I usually use the buttermilk powder and love how it tastes.

  55. product sounds awesome — but wait, does it have to be refrigerated??

  56. I’d be interested in trying powdered buttermilk especially after their claim that it’s superior to the buttermilk found in the grocery store.

  57. I would love to try this… Normally, I don’t make recipes that need buttermilk unless I PLAN on it.. I can’t keep buttermilk for long here…

  58. My family used this for years as I was growing up, and I still use this buttermilk powder often!

  59. I would love to try this. I do alot of baking and always seem to run out of buttermilk, so this would be great!

  60. I mostly use buttermilk in waffles and like your pancake results, I found it too thin, of course, I did not think to add less water. Would love to try their other products too!

  61. Thanks for the education-I never even knew there was powdered buttermilk! I hate to admit how many half used jugs of buttermilk I have thrown out over the years after buying it to use in one recipe. Thanks for the chance to try it out!

  62. I have never used it before, but would definitely be interested in giving it a try!

  63. DatingVeg says:

    I would try to do the same, Brooke, but it seems like so many of the delicious recipes dessert recipes out there call for buttermilk!!

  64. Sounds really interesting…would love to check the products out!

  65. I go back and forth with using buttermilk in recipes and then finding recipes that don’t call for buttermilk. I do use powdered milk a lot in recipes, so I’m thinking I might have to give the powdered buttermilk a try.

  66. Lori Sotelo says:

    This was really fascinating about the buttermilk…..I am one of those who would benefit from the powdered b/c I don’t use it often enough and it always goes to waste. But is it really true about the liquid you buy in the store not being real?
    Please enter me in the contest for the samples.
    thanks, Lori Sotelo

  67. I think that the buttermilk powder looks like a great product.

  68. Love the powdered buttermilk. Had no idea about the chocolate. Looks tasty!! Thanks for the review!!

  69. i love the way buttermilk moistens baked goods but i never buy it unless i feel a baking streak coming on…this jar would solve that problem!

  70. Love to have this buttermilk in my cabinet (or fridge if its open)! It is a wonderful product to have and use in many things.

    We love the chocolate and have made something like your pretzels many times.

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