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Did 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.

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.

If you love biscuits you may also love these delicious Honey Buttermilk Biscuits. They are easy to make and a family favorite!


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  1. Nita Grillot says:

    My mom taught me the vinegar sub many years ago when I was young, but I didn’t know about using lemon juice. These days, I keep buttermilk powder on hand. But this works quite well if you don’t have that either.

  2. Can you refrigerate the leftovers? How long will it last in the fridge?

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

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

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