How to Make Buttermilk

In a pinch because your recipe calls for buttermilk and you simply don’t have any? Try this super simple, two ingredient recipe to make your own buttermilk substitute. 

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It seems inevitable, you’re in the middle of making what’s going to be a really delicious dessert, and shoot! It calls for buttermilk. 

You may also be like me and gloss over some of the ingredients you are supposed to buy while at the grocery store… only realizing you forgot some major ones mid recipe. Well, if you ever forget the buttermilk, this is the easiest way to make your own!

Buttermilk Substitute

Here are a few options for making your own buttermilk AND an alternative to use too. I prefer to stick to the first option, however all three have worked, in my experience. 

1 CUP BUTTERMILK = 1 CUP MILK + 1 TBSP LEMON JUICE

1 CUP BUTTERMILK = 1 CUP MILK + 1 TBSP WHITE VINEGAR

1 CUP BUTTERMILK = 1 CUP GREEK YOGURT 

1 CUP DF, V BUTTERMILK = 1 CUP ALMOND OR COCONUT MILK + 1 TBSP OF LEMON JUICE OR WHITE VINEGAR

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How to Make a Buttermilk Substitute

Using one of the recipes above, first measure out the amount of milk or milk alternative you are using to exactly a cup. A glass measuring cup works well for this because of the extra room.

Next add 1 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar. Stir the milk mixture and let it sit for 10 minutes. 

To make dairy free or vegan buttermilk, milk alternatives like almond milk and coconut milk still work using this recipe!

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Kitchen Tools for Making Buttermilk

Pro Tips

  1. If your kitchen is warm or the milk is slightly warm, this process may only take 5 minutes.
  2. Buttermilk can be frozen for later use. Freeze it in small batches using an ice cube mold then keep in a sealed container for up to 3 months.

Tell us in the comments below: What are you making with your buttermilk?

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