Make buttermilk at home with just 2 ingredients and in 5 quick minutes. This kitchen hack will save you stress and money since it is expensive to keep on hand at all times. Gone are the days of avoiding recipes just because they call for this ingredient!
I can’t possibly be the only human who avoids recipes that call for buttermilk. I know there are more of you out there! It is such an obscure ingredient that is only needed for a handful of recipes, namely baked goods. It is not something that I have just hanging out in my fridge at all times. And it’s kind of expensive!
My life became so much easier the moment I discovered how easy it is to make buttermilk with just two simple ingredients (both of which are likely in all kitchens at any given moment) and in just a matter of minutes. No more avoiding recipes that call for this ingredient and no more buying it at the grocery store.
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HOW TO MAKE A HOMEMADE BUTTERMILK SUBSTITUTE
Keep this cooking tip handy when you prepare to bake your next delicious batch of cupcakes or your favorite pancake recipe!
STEP 1 - THE ONLY LONELY STEP!
Combine fresh lemon juice OR vinegar and a cup of milk (room temperature, preferably) in a small bowl. Mix well and let sit 5-10 minutes, or until mixture begins to curdle. That's it! Now go pour it into your recipe! This recipe makes 1 cup of buttermilk. Feel free to double the recipe for 2 cups.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OLD-FASHIONED AND CULTURED BUTTERMILK
Old-fashioned (churned) buttermilk is different from cultured buttermilk. The churned version is the acidic liquid that remains after churning butter out of fresh milk. The buttermilk you will find packaged in the grocery store and what you will make by following this recipe is cultured.
CAN I SUBSTITUTE BUTTERMILK WITH MILK?
Use milk as a replacement in a pinch, but the end result will be a less fluffy baked good. The buttermilk helps baked goods and pancakes to fluff beautifully and perfectly, so I highly recommend using it whenever possible. And good news! Thanks to this simple recipe, it IS possible!
CAN I USE ALMOND MILK INSTEAD OF MILK?
Yes! If you are looking for a vegan or dairy-free substitute, almond milk will definitely get the job done. In fact, coconut, soy and rice milks all work well, too! Use 1 cup of non-dairy milk and increase the amount of lemon juice/white vinegar to 2 tablespoons.
THE PURPOSE OF BUTTERMILK IN BAKED GOODS
In tandem with baking soda and/or baking powder, buttermilk can act as a no-yeast leavening agent. It also a characteristic "tang" to the final product while adding very little fat to the recipe.
RECIPES AND OTHER WAYS TO USE BUTTERMILK
Buttermilk is also great for helping to tenderize meat before cooking. Both Chicken Fried Steak and fried chicken tastes DELICIOUS when soaked in a buttermilk mixture before frying. Add a tiny bit of sour cream to the mixture for added flavor!
Add 1/4 cup of it to your next batch of Avocado Ranch Dressing for an extra splash of flavor.
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