Kitchen Tip: Homemade Buttermilk Substitute

How to Make Homemade Buttermilk – Easy DIY Buttermilk Substitutes

I prefer to use real buttermilk in recipes as often as I can. I love the flavor that buttermilk adds to recipes like pancakes and scones, but I don’t think that buttermilk substitutes are quite as good as the real deal.

What I think doesn’t matter though, because sometimes something has to give. We’ve all been there. Mid-recipe you realize that the ingredients call for buttermilk and there’s none in the refrigerator.  No one wants to make a special trip to the grocery store for just one item, so occasionally you have to make do with a buttermilk substitute.

how to make homemade buttermilk substitute

For those type of situations it is nice to have this kitchen tip for How to Make Homemade Buttermilk – Easy DIY Buttermilk Substitutes up your sleeve. With common ingredients you can easily make homemade buttermilk to use in your recipes.

5 Homemade Buttermilk Substitutes

Some of these substitute recipes are easier than others in a pinch. My most commonly used method is with lemon or vinegar, but the others are helpful as well. All of the methods start with milk, so you’ll need to have that on hand.

Cream of Tartar

Measure 1 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar plus 1 cup milk. Whisk to combine and let stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes, until curdled and then stir.

Lemon Juice

Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to a liquid measuring cup. Then, add milk until the amount reaches one cup. Let the mixture stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. The milk should look curdled. Stir and you have homemade buttermilk!

Plain Yogurt

You can easily make a buttermilk substitute with 2 tablespoons milk plus enough plain yogurt to equal one cup. Stir to combine and then use your as recipe instructs.

Sour Cream

If you have sour cream on hand you can easily make a buttermilk substitute by thinning the sour cream with a bit of milk until it reaches the consistency of buttermilk. Stir to combine and then use your as recipe instructs.

White Vinegar

Add one tablespoon of white vinegar to a liquid measuring cup. Then, add milk until the amount reaches one cup. Let the mixture stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. It should look curdled. Stir and you have homemade buttermilk!

BONUS

Depending on the recipe, I have used canned coconut milk as a substitute for the buttermilk.

BUT you have to use your personal discretion on this one because the flavor is certainly different, plus some recipes need the acidity of Buttermilk (or one of the substitutes) to react with the leavening agent.

Two recipes that I’ve recently used this substitution with are Lemon Coconut Cupcakes and Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes, but like I said: use your personal discretion.

Buttermilk Recipes for your Inspiration:

Strawberry Scones with Meyer Lemon are delicious for a springtime brunch.

Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls are our favorite dinner roll to make.

Nutella Cupcakes with Triple Cream Cheese Frosting are nice a moist thanks to the addition of buttermilk in the batter.

Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust is winter comfort food at its finest!

Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins are a hearty and healthy breakfast treat, plus they’ll make your house smell amazing while they’re baking.

What are your favorite kitchen substitutes?