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Bottle of milk with cream of tartar, white vinegar and lemon.

Buttermilk Substitute

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Shinee
Two quick and easy ways to make buttermilk substitute with just 2 ingredients or less!
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Method #1:

  • 1 cup milk Note 1
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar, or lemon juice Note 2

Method #2

  • 3/4 cup sour cream, or plain yogurt Note 3
  • 1/4 cup milk, or water


Method #1:

  • Stir in vinegar, or lemon juice into the milk. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. The milk will curdle and thicken, and that means it's ready to be used.

Method #2:

  • Combine sour cream, or yogurt with milk, or water, until well combined. And it's ready to be used for your recipe.


Note 1: You can use any kind of milk here. Whole, 2%, or even soy milk for dairy-free version work fine.
Note 2: While distilled white vinegar works the best, you can also use apple cider vinegar. And either fresh or bottled lemon juice works equally.
Note 3: Any kind of yogurt, such as coconut yogurt, works to make buttermilk substitute. If using Greek yogurt, reduce the amount to 1/2 cup and add 1/2 cup of milk or water, because Greek yogurt is much thicker.
Freezing Instruction:
You can freeze buttermilk in ice cube trays, or these 1/2-cup silicone molds, or pour the desired amount of buttermilk in freezer bags. Place them on a cooking sheet in a flat position and freeze until solid. They store so neatly this way


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 322mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 277mg | Iron: 1mg