DIY: Homemade Buttermilk

Buttermilk is one of those pesky ingredients that I never seem to have when I need it. It pains me to buy a carton of it when I know I only need a cup of the stuff too. Grrr! Well I think I finally solved my own problem: homemade buttermilk!

The ingredients are simple: milk (any kind but I’d recommend 2%) and a fresh lemon. Whatever you do, don’t use bottled lemon juice!

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Squeeze the juice from half of a lemon into a 1-cup measuring cup. It should yield 1-2 teaspoons. Then pour the milk into the same measuring cup until you’ve reached the 1-cup line.

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Give it a quick stir and walk away for 15 minutes. Don’t touch it. Don’t worry about it. Just walk away.

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After 15 minutes, the milk will have curdled. This is exactly what you want! The consistency will be slightly chunky and the scent will have shifted from the sweet-ish smell of milk to the tangy and also sour smell of buttermilk.

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That’s it! Use this homemade buttermilk in any recipe that calls for buttermilk. Here are a few suggestions: Buttermilk Corn Muffins, Spicy Chicken Drumettes, or Cheddar, Chive, and Bacon Biscuits.

If you need more than one cup just repeat the process for each cup of buttermilk needed.

Author: Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.

6 thoughts

  1. Omg! This is so useful. I live in the UK and can never ever find buttermilk in the shops when I need it. Thanks for publishing this.

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