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How to Make Buttermilk

How to Make Buttermilk

Simple instructions How to Make Buttermilk at home! Use dairy or non-dairy milk. Make only as much as you need. Don’t buy store bought and waste again!

When I began married life and cooking and baking for my home, I didn’t know how to make buttermilk. I would buy buttermilk when a recipe called for it.  

There was always more than I needed and it sat in the refrigerator until it went bad. It was thrown out and wasted. Oh, I hated to do that!

That was until I read how to make my own as I needed it.  

I have not bought buttermilk since.

The Pros of Making your own Buttermilk

You make only as much as you need so no waste

You can use non-dairy milk if you like

It is much more cost efficient

The Cons of Making your own Buttermilk

I don’t really think there are any but I guess it does take a couple of minutes more than taking a container out of the refrigerator.

But then again, you don’t have to take time to throw out extra buttermilk later so it may not be more time in the long run.

What you Need to Make Buttermilk

You simply need 2 things:

milk and vinegar

1-Whatever milk you want to use; I have used dairy, coconut and almond with fine results. I imagine you could also use rice or cashew but I have not tried them to be sure.

2-Either white vinegar or lemon juice.  I use either.

And bottled or fresh lemon juice is fine.

How to Make Buttermilk

Add 1 Tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar for each cup of buttermilk you need to a measuring cup. I needed 2 cups of buttermilk for this recipe so added 2 Tbsp of lemon juice.

pouring vinegar into measuring cup

Add whatever milk you are using up to the line of how much buttermilk you need. I added milk up to the 2-cup line for 2 cups of buttermilk.

adding milk to vinegar

Let it sit for 5 minutes.  You should see bubbles forming and the milk gets thicker.

buttermilk in measuring cup

It will also have chunks and that is fine and good.

And there you have it–buttermilk!

Recipes for Buttermilk

Coconut Buttermilk Southwestern Chicken

I have more coming so stay tuned! We make our favorite pancakes with buttermilk! Yum!

How long will Buttermilk last?

According to the USDA, buttermilk will keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks and is good frozen for up to 3 months. The point of this post is so we don’t need to have it sitting around but in case you want to know. 😊

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