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Buttermilk Substitutions

How to Replace Buttermilk in Recipes

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Buttermilk
Bethany Moncel

Buttermilk is not as widely used as it once was but it is called for in many recipes. If you don’t want to buy a whole quart of buttermilk just for one recipe, use one of these convenient substitutions to achieve similar results.

The most important thing to consider when preparing a substitute for buttermilk is the acid. The lactic acid in buttermilk is responsible for its characteristic flavor, texture and leavening power. Regardless of which substitute you use, it must contain an acid component.

  • 1 cup milk + 1 Tbsp lemon juice - Allow mixture to stand for five minutes prior to use.

  • 1 cup milk + 1 Tbsp vinegar (white, apple cider or rice vinegar) - Allow mixture to stand for five minutes prior to use.

  • 1 cup milk + 1/2 Tbsp cream of tartar - Mix well to dissolve the cream of tartar.

  • 1/4 cup milk + 3/4 cup plain yogurt - Whisk together until no lumps remain.

  • 1/4 cup milk + 3/4 cup sour cream - Whisk together until no lumps remain.

Learn more about buttermilk, how it is used and where it can be purchased: What is Buttermilk?

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