how-to-make-a-substitute-for-buttermilkDid you ever get ready to make a recipe that calls for buttermilk  to find that you don’t have any on hand?   Here is a handy tip on how to make a substitute for buttermilk in a recipe. Many of you probably already know this but each time I post a recipe that calls for buttermilk, I always get asked what can be substituted.

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Combine 1 tablespoon white vinegar or 1 tablespoon lemon juice with enough milk to make 1 cup.  Let stand for 5 minutes.  This makes 1 cup buttermilk for use in recipes.

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  1. Thank u for this tip. I have thrown buttermilk away before because my recipe didn’t call for much. Luv this.

  2. I have used this recipe to substitute for buttermilk and it works very well. But I don’t always have lemon juice or vinegar around because of a citrus allergy. I improvised using plain yogurt (1/3 cup yogurt) into about 2/3 cup of any milk, mix well. If you can let it sit overnight, it will be thick like buttermilk. I did have an unusual response to my yogurt milk, my kids liked to drink it. LOL Yes, they still like plain Greek style yogurt with milk as a beverage.

  3. I look forward to your comments and recipe every day even tho I don`t do much cooking anymore. Thanks for all you are doing for the young mothers out there. And I just love your southern saying, you`re the best.

  4. Linda Cornett says:

    I have always used this for buttermilk no matter the type of milk I have you cannot tell the taste difference in recipes. I sure do like a lot of your recipes they are really very good

  5. Does it matter if the milk is whole or 2% or whole milk? I almost never have whole milk in the fridge unless I am specifically using it for a recipe.

  6. i was wondering if the taste is the same without useing actuall butter milk.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I don’t think you will be able to tell the difference, Judi. I have used this in a pinch and no one ever said anything about the taste. Of course, I prefer real buttermilk.

  7. My LaRue’s came to Arkansas from Kentucky.It is a beautiful state.

  8. Does it need to be whole milk? I always have fat free.

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