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How to make Homemade Buttermilk- Make it at home easily with just milk and lemon juice, that’s it!

How to Make Buttermilk Substitute (Bold Baking Basics)

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Working as a professional chef I have learned a lot over the years and I’m excited to share what I’ve learned with you.

How to Make Buttermilk at home is a very important Bold Baking Basic I think you need to know. I use Buttermilk a lot in my baking, however not on a weekly basis. I find myself using half a carton in a recipe and then by the time I want to use it again it is bad I would have to throw it away.  I hate waste so my simple solution to eliminate waste is to make the amount that I need using just milk and lemon juice.

Buttermilk is an important ingredient in baking. It adds flavor and makes moist, rich cakes. I love using it to bake. Once you know how simple it is to make you never have to leave it out of your recipes again. 

This Homemade Buttermilk makes a great addition to any pancake recipe, like my Best-Ever Buttermilk Pancake recipeRed Velvet Pancakes and even my Churro Waffles. Plus, I use it in my Best-Ever Chocolate Cake and traditional Irish Soda Bread.

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Buttermilk is widely available in Ireland as it is a main ingredient in traditional Brown Soda Bread. However since moving to the U.S I realized it’s not as readily available. If you are in this situation you now know that you can whip up a great substitution is minutes.

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How to make Homemade Buttermilk- Make it at home easily with just milk and lemon juice, that’s it!
How to Make Buttermilk

Learn how to make Buttermilk at home so you always have it on hand for my Buttermilk Biscuits, Pancake recipes, and even Irish Soda Bread.

Course: Ingredient
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice or white vinegar
  • 1 Cup (8oz / 224g) milk (full or low fat)
Instructions
  1. Measure the milk into a jug
  2. Stir in lemon juice or vinegar into the milk. Stir to combine. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature until the milk begins to curdle and becomes acidic.
  3. Use in place of buttermilk in the recipe as it calls for. And if you don’t use it straight away store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Recipe Notes

I don't recommend freezing Buttermilk. Dairy doesn't always defrost the same way.

 

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  1. Donald Jameson on January 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    I just have mayonnaise will this work instead of milk?

    All the best,
    Donald

    • Gemma Stafford on January 16, 2019 at 3:39 am

      Hi Donald,
      Interesting question! it is certainly used in place of eggs in some recipes, and why not?
      It has that little acid, which is what you are looking for here, so it may indeed work for you, depending on the recipe. I am not 100% sure, but it is worth a shot,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. dawn on January 10, 2019 at 8:42 am

    can i use whipping cream?

    • Gemma Stafford on January 11, 2019 at 12:12 pm

      Hi yes you can. Enjoy!

  3. Grace Tom on January 7, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Can u use pick milk?

    • Gemma Stafford on January 7, 2019 at 10:34 am

      Yes, you can! Enjoy!

  4. Christa Aimable on January 6, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Can i use canned evarporated milk

    • Gemma Stafford on January 7, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      I would not suggest that, as it will be too sweet to have the same flavor.

  5. Missy on December 28, 2018 at 4:22 am

    Can I use regular store bought whole milk or does it have to be fresh milk?

    • Gemma Stafford on December 28, 2018 at 7:26 am

      Hi Missy! Regular store bought milk will work just fine. I hope you enjoy!

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