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How to Make a Buttermilk Substitute

Learn how to make a Buttermilk Substitute with these 4 simple substitutions that can be used in any recipe that calls for Buttermilk.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Pantry Staples
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Buttermilk, Buttermilk Substitute, Homemade Buttermilk Substitute
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Mary's Nest

Ingredients

Buttermilk Substitute #1: With Vinegar

  • 1 cup Full fat milk Lower fat milks can be substituted, but the consistency will be slightly different.
  • 1 tablespoon Vinegar or lemon juice Any type of vinegar can be used. More may be needed—up to 2 tablespoons.

Buttermilk Substitute #2: With Yogurt

  • 3/4 cup Full fat plain yogurt Lower fat yogurts can be substituted, but the consistency will be slightly different.
  • 1/4 cup Full fat milk Lower fat milks can be substituted, but the consistency will be slightly different.

Buttermilk Substitute #3: With Sour Cream

  • 1/2 cup Full fat sour cream Lower fat sour creams can be substituted, but the consistency will be slightly different.
  • 1/2 cup Full fat milk Lower fat milks can be substituted, but the consistency will be slightly different.

Buttermilk Substitute #4: With Cream of Tartar

  • 1 cup Full fat milk Lower fat milks can be substituted, but the consistency will be slightly different.
  • 2 teaspoons Cream of tartar More may be needed for up to 3 teaspoons.

Instructions

Buttermilk Substitute #1: With Vinegar

  • Pour milk into a jar and add vinegar or lemon juice. Stir well.
  • Allow milk to curdle, which can take up to 1 hour.
  • After milk has sufficiently curdled, whisk milk mixture vigorously to reincorporate the "curdles" (curds and whey) until it resembles the consistency of buttermilk.
  • You can now use your substitute in any recipe that calls for buttermilk.

Buttermilk Substitute #2: With Yogurt

  • Place yogurt and milk in a jar, and whisk well to thin yogurt to the consistency of buttermilk.
  • You can now use your substitute in any recipe that calls for buttermilk.

Buttermilk Substitute #3: With Sour Cream

  • Place sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and milk in a jar and whisk well to thin the sour cream to the consistency of buttermilk.
  • You can now use your substitute in any recipe that calls for buttermilk.

Buttermilk Substitute #4: With Cream of Tartar

  • Place the cream of tartar into a jar and pour a small amount of milk over it. Whisk mixture into a paste.
  • Now add the remainder of the milk to the jar, and whisk well to incorporate the cream of tartar paste with the milk.
  • Allow milk to curdle, which can take up to 1 hour.
  • After milk has sufficiently curdled, whisk milk mixture vigorously to reincorporate the "curdles" (curds and whey) until it resembles the consistency of buttermilk.
  • You can now use your substitute in any recipe that calls for buttermilk.

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Notes

You can make Buttermilk substitutes in advance and store them in your refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.  However, the buttermilk substitutes made with vinegar, lemon juice, or cream of tartar may separate and will need to be re-whisked before using.
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