Thursday, October 21, 2010

How to Make Buttermilk Substitute

What is buttermilk? Traditional buttermilk is made from the fluid extracted when butter was churned from cream. 

Do you need a little bit of buttermilk for a recipe you are making? Don’t go to the grocery store to waste money on an entire gallon of buttermilk that might end up going to waste! Making your own buttermilk substitute is very easy and far more frugal.

There are a few different methods for making a buttermilk substitute, so just choose the technique that works best for you depending upon the ingredients you already already have on hand.

Buttermilk Substitute 1: Regular Milk with Lemon Juice
For this approach, all you need is some regular milk and just a little bit of lemon juice or white vinegar. Start by taking one cup of milk and then add on tablespoon of either lemon juice or white vinegar. Then, simply let the mixture stand for five minutes before you use it. This is one of the most commonly used buttermilk substitute recipes. This method works great for making your own buttermilk to use in other recipes.

Buttermilk Substitute 2: Use Plain Yogurt Instead
Plain yogurt works great as a buttermilk substitute in most recipes. Simply use the same amount of plain yogurt as the amount of buttermilk called for in the recipe. It is important to use plain yogurt, and not flavored or fruity yogurt, which contains added sugar and sweetness.

If you do decide to buy real buttermilk, consider pouring the extra milk into an icecube tray or other container and then freezing the leftovers. This is a great way to ensure that you’ll have more buttermilk on hand the next time you’re in need of it. Source

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