Learn how to make buttermilk with this easy tutorial. You only need two ingredients and about 10 minutes to make this simple substitute!
It’s been a while since I’ve shared a baking basics post and I figured it was about time to add another one to the collection. One of the most common questions I’ve been receiving lately is for buttermilk substitutes.
I love to use buttermilk in baked goods because it creates a tender crumb and also helps add moisture. However, it isn’t always something that people keep on hand. Plus, no one really loves to make an extra trip to the grocery store for one ingredient in a recipe.
So today I’m showing you exactly how to make your own buttermilk with just two simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. This is a great recipe to keep for when you need some in a pinch!
How To Make Buttermilk
For this recipe, you’ll need some milk and an acid. You can use any kind of milk, I typically use whole milk because it’s what I usually have on hand. However, skim, 2%, or even almond milk will work.
For the acid, I usually use fresh lemon juice but you can also use distilled white vinegar.
You’ll start by adding 1 tablespoon of either fresh lemon juice or distilled white vinegar into a measuring cup.
Side note: I use these OXO angled measuring cups and love them! You don’t have to worry about getting to eye level with the measuring cup to make sure you have the right amount.
Once you’ve added the acid, pour in one scant cup (just under 1 cup) of milk. In other words, you’ll pour the milk into the measuring cup until it reaches the 1 cup line. Then, stir the mixture together well and set it aside for about 5 minutes before using it in your recipe.
What does buttermilk do in baking?
It helps to create tender baked goods and keeps them moist. It’s also acidic. So if your recipe calls for baking soda, it will react with the baking soda to help your baked goods rise.
Can you make buttermilk without dairy?
Yes, you can use non-dairy milk such as almond milk in this recipe.
What are some different ways to use it?
You can use it in any of these delicious recipes!
How To Make Buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh lemon juice or distilled white vinegar
- 1 scant cup (225 ml) milk
- Pour the lemon juice or vinegar into a measuring cup. Then, pour in the milk until it reaches the 1 cup line.
- Stir the mixture well, then set aside for 5-10 minutes before using in your recipe.