Buttermilk Substitutions

Have you ever had that moment when you’re mid-way through a recipe and you realize that you forgot to buy an ingredient at the store? It’s happened to me plenty of times with flour, eggs, butter, chocolate chips and the list goes on… Luckily, I have a solution for you when you forget the buttermilk on your grocery list!

Buttermilk Substitutions


Substitution No. 1
Milk and Apple Cider Vinegar / White Distilled Vinegar
For 1 cup of milk, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar and let stand for 5-10 minutes.
For baked goods I like to use apple cider vinegar because it is made with apple juice = sweet!

Substitution No. 2
Milk and Lemon Juice
For 1 cup of milk, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and let stand for 10 minutes.

Sustitution No. 3
Milk and Sour Cream / Greek Yogurt
For 1 cup of “buttermilk,” whisk together 2/3 cup milk with 1/3 cup of either sour cream or plain greek yogurt.

My disclaimer: I haven’t used these buttermilk substitutions when cooking, only baking. When I make pancakes and rhubarb bread I use the milk and apple cider vinegar mixture (also called “sour milk”).

Hope this technique helps in the future if you forget or run out of buttermilk!



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