How Do I Make My Own Buttermilk?

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Question: How Do I Make My Own Buttermilk?

I'm in the middle of a recipe that calls for buttermilk, and I don't have any. How can I make my own buttermilk at home?


Many recipes may call for buttermilk, but buttermilk is not necessarily that a lot of us have in our refrigerator at any given time. If you find yourself in need, making your own buttermilk for recipes is really quite easy when you are in a pinch. If you have regular cow's milk (I like to use 1% milk) and white vinegar, you can easily make the buttermilk yourself.

To make one cup of buttermilk, place one cup of milk in a dish (use a liquid measuring cup to allow for easy pouring afterwards). Add one tablespoon of vinegar, and stir. Allow the milk to sit for about five minutes. Then, use immediately, or place in the refrigerator until ready to use. If you do not have any vinegar, you can use lemon juice in place of the vinegar.