what is a good substitute for buttermilk

gayle sturt


see November 29, 2014
I keep a canister of powdered buttermilk. It is easily mixed with water and great in recipes. You can find it in most grocery stores.
amysarah November 28, 2014
Good advice already, but just to add - if you don't have a lemon, plain white vinegar added to milk works equally well. I've also whisked roughly half sour cream, half milk together, if that's what was around. All good.
Pegeen November 28, 2014
I'm with Daniel except that I put 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (not 1 Tablespoon) in a measuring cup, then add milk to the 1-cup measure. Stir and let stand for a few minutes so it curdles (gets lumpy, as Daniel explains).

How to get a lot of juice out of one lemon: roll it back and forth under the heel of you hand on a counter top for a minute. Not essential but if you have a microwave, nuke the lemon for 20 seconds. Remove from microwave, let cool a minute. Cut the lemon in half along the equator (horizontally, not vertically) and ream out the juice with a fork or wooden reamer. To save yourself seed trouble, do that over a small mesh strainer set over a bowl.

CanadaDan November 28, 2014
You can make your own by adding 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice per 1 cup of milk, give a quick stir and wait 10 minutes until it's lumpy. That makes buttermilk. It's how I do pancakes since I never have buttermilk in my fridge.
CH-4500 November 28, 2014
I use plain yogurt and it works very well in baking recipes as well as cooking
gayle S. November 28, 2014
great advice and thanks for helping me out
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