Learn How to Make Buttermilk to use in recipes! With a couple of ingredients, it’s easy to make Buttermilk Substitute! Now make dairy-free and vegan too!
Buttermilk is one ingredient that I love to have on hand. I use it in so many recipes, from pancakes to buttermilk biscuits to buttermilk pie! I never like being without it. But, sometimes I think I have plenty only to realize that I don’t. This is when it is great to know how to make buttermilk! It is so easy to do and only takes two ingredients! And my homemade buttermilk substitute works perfectly in baking and cooking!
What is Buttermilk?
Traditionally, it was the leftover liquid from churning cream to make butter. This is now referred to as traditional buttermilk.
The buttermilk that you buy in the grocery stores is now cultured, which is produced by adding cultures to milk during the fermentation process to simulate the lactic acid that would naturally occur in the traditional kind.
My homemade substitute works the same as buttermilk in cooking and baking.
How Do You Use Buttermilk?
Buttermilk, and therefore Buttermilk Substitute, adds a tangy flavor to many dishes such as salad dressings and dips.
It’s great for soaking meats and vegetables to tenderize them before cooking, generally frying.
Leavens Baked Goods
It reacts with other chemical leaveners in recipes to produce gas bubbles which then helps cakes, cookies, and other baked goods to rise.
How to Make Buttermilk Substitute
To make your own, you’ll need just two simple ingredients that you most likely already have on hand!
- vinegar or lemon juice
For each cup needed, simply add 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar or 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of milk or dairy-free milk (see below). Allow the milk to sit for about 10 minutes to thicken.
Be sure to watch the video that follows to see the steps to make it!
How to Make Buttermilk Dairy-Free and Vegan
Enjoy this dairy-free version to use in so many of your recipes. This is perfect for those who have dairy allergies or who follow a vegan diet and lifestyle. To make a dairy-free substitute, you simply use your favorite non-dairy milk such as soy, coconut, almond, rice or oat milk in place of the milk called for in the recipe! It’s that easy!
Here’s how to make my homemade substitute. I hope you find this useful!
How to Make Buttermilk
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar OR lemon juice
- Pour milk into a glass measuring cup. Add distilled white vinegar OR lemon juice and allow to sit for about 10 minutes before use. The milk will thicken. Use as you would in a recipe that calls for buttermilk.
Dairy-Free Buttermilk:For dairy-free buttermilk, substitute your preferred non-dairy milk (coconut, soy, almond, rice, oat, etc) in place of the whole milk called for in the recipe.