In a pinch? Learn how to make buttermilk with staple ingredients! You just need 10 minutes and two ingredients to make your own batch of homemade buttermilk that can be used in so many recipes!
You know that moment when you are really excited to make something you have an out-of-control craving for, only to find out that you’re missing one of the ingredients?
Years ago, I was standing in my tiny galley kitchen having my friend Kathy over for lunch and I realized that I didn’t have buttermilk to make the salad dressing I had planned. I panicked, knowing she was en route from over 30 minutes away because I really didn’t have any backup for lunch.
I love cooking fresh, but sometimes that means I find myself without options when I need them most. I called her and asked her to pick up buttermilk on the way over. She laughed at me and then let me in on a little secret – you can make your own buttermilk. Yes! So, how do you make buttermilk? Keep reading…
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To Make Your Own Buttermilk You Will Need:
You just need two simple ingredients to make this recipe!
- Lemon Juice: Fresh is preferable
How to make buttermilk:
No cooking required! You just need a jug and 10 minutes!
Stir milk and lemon juice.
Allow to sit for 10 minutes, until it starts to slightly curdle.
What Do You Use It In?
When I learned how to make buttermilk, I started experimenting with salad dressings, like this homemade ranch dressing, and whip up some extra delicious pancakes. Soak chicken breasts in it just before they bake.
Who knew. Well, maybe you did, but this was the one trick Grandma didn’t teach me. It’s is easy as 1-2-yep, that’s it. Not even 3. Not even 3 ingredients, not even 3 steps.
Homemade Buttermilk – The Best Kept Secret?
I love secrets. Like the secret ingredient in Aunt Mildred’s fruit salad or the secret to saving money while shopping for your home, but this little secret saves me time and money. You can save $3 purchasing a half gallon of buttermilk that I won’t use and an extra trip to the grocery store, because who remembers buttermilk? Clearly not me.
Does Homemade Buttermilk Go Bad?
When you make your own buttermilk, it lasts for a surprisingly long time! It’s high in lactic acid, thanks to the lemon juice and bacteria doesn’t like to grow in it. It will be good for at least one week in the fridge, and depending on the freshness of the milk you use, it can last up to three!
If the milk is lumpy, has any discoloration or an unclean smell, it’s time to make a new batch!
What’s The Best Milk To Use To Make Buttermilk?
It’s best to use 2% or whole milk to make a creamy buttermilk at home. You can use fat free (skimmed), it won’t be as creamy but will still work well in recipes.
Top Tips For How To Make Buttermilk
- Use fresh lemon juice for the best results, you can use bottled if you are in a fix.
- Let the milk sit for at least 10 minutes before using.
- Store the milk covered in the fridge.
I hope this buttermilk recipe saves you some time and energy as well. You know when there’s buttermilk, there’s bound to be something yummy ahead, right? See you tomorrow?
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How to Make Buttermilk
- 1 c milk
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Stir milk and lemon juice.
- Allow to sit for 10 minutes, until it starts to slightly curdle.