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Buttermilk is the not-so-secret ingredient in the best pancakes, ranch dressing, and fried chicken in the world, but almost no one has it when they need it. Fear not! Here’s how to make buttermilk at home using only two ingredients.
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How to Make Buttermilk

Buttermilk is the not-so-secret ingredient in the best pancakes, ranch dressing, and fried chicken in the world, but almost no one has it when they need it. Fear not! Here’s how to make buttermilk at home using only two ingredients.
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Keyword buttermilk, milk
Prep Time 2 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 19kcal
Author Meggan Hill

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk or 2%
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed

Instructions

How to make buttermilk with lemon juice:

  • For every 1 cup of whole or 2% milk, stir in 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice.
  • Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes.

How to make buttermilk with vinegar:

  • For every 1 cup of whole or 2% milk, stir in 1 tablespoon white vinegar.
  • Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes.

How to make buttermilk with cream of tartar:

  • Stir together 1 cup of whole or 2% milk and 1 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar.
  • Then, mix the cream of tartar with 2 tablespoons of milk to form a loose paste; this keeps the cream of tartar from forming lumps.
  •  Once mixed add the rest of the cup of milk.

How to make buttermilk with yogurt:

  • Stir 1/4 cup milk into 3/4 cup plain yogurt to create a nicely thick buttermilk substitute.

How to make buttermilk alternative with almond milk:

  • Mix 1/4 cup almond milk into 3/4 cup almond milk yogurt.  Add a splash (about 1/2 teaspoon) vinegar to the mixture and stir well.

Nutrition

Calories: 19kcal