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How to Make a Buttermilk Substitute

  • Author: Rose
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


Learn how to make a buttermilk substitute with this simple recipe. It's really easy, only takes 5 minutes and 2 ingredients.



1 cup milk (whole, 2%, 1% or skim - your preference)

1 tablespoon acid (lemon juice or white vinegar)


Measure out 1 cup of milk, minus 1 tablespoon. Add 1 tablespoon of acid.

Gently stir, then let it rest for 5 minutes at room temperature.

Stir again. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to a week.


I haven't found that the extra tablespoon of liquid makes a difference in the recipes where I use homemade buttermilk, but if it's a concern for you, measure the 1 tablespoon of acid into your measuring cup first, then pour in the milk to a level 1 cup.

  • Prep Time: 12
  • Category: Basics

Keywords: buttermilk, buttermilk substitute, how to make buttermilk, homemade, homemade buttermilk

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