How to Make Buttermilk
There comes a point in every homemaker’s kitchen career when she will inevitably forget something that she needs for a recipe. This is why every good homemaker should be armed with the knowledge of good substitutions so there doesn’t have to be any last minute trips to the grocery store.
Buttermilk is so simple to make at home. Since it doesn’t appear in too many recipes, it’s an easy one to forget when you are making your grocery shopping list. Luckily, it’s also incredibly easy to make and you already have the ingredients and tools to do it.
Buttermilk is nothing more than acidified milk. Originally, buttermilk was the leftover milk from making butter, on occasion it was left to ferment, however, when a modern recipe calls for buttermilk, they are looking for an acidified version, not the leftovers from making butter (unless you ferment it). Traditional buttermilk is still good for many things (you can just use it in the place of milk in most baking recipes), but keep in mind that it won’t have the same properties as “modern buttermilk” which is what I’m going to show you how to make today.
To make a true modern buttermilk, you would need to culture your milk to provide the acidity. Below you will find the “quick” method that will provide the same results in a baked product.
How to Make Buttermilk
What You Need:
- 1 cup of Dairy Pure Milk (not skim or fat free)
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice or Vinegar
In a small bowl, combine ingredients and stir to combine. Let the ingredients rest for 10 minutes until the mixture begins to curdle and turn thicker. Use in a recipe as you would store bought buttermilk.
For my recipe, I used Dairy Pure milk. Dairy Pure milk contains no artificial growth hormones, has been tested for antibiotics. It comes in all of your standard milk varieties (whole, 2%, skim, etc) as well as lactose-free for those that suffer from lactose intolerance. Two of my little ones have to deal with lactose intolerance so it’s great to find such a wonderful resource.
Not sure what to use this homemade Buttermilk in? Here are some additional recipes to get you started!
Homemade dairy products can be so fun to make! I’ve made Homemade Butter in a blender, homemade Yogurt in a slow cooker(and in the dehydrator), homemade Yogurt Cheese, and even homemade Ricotta Cheese. Once you make a few things you will find that it’s so easy and cost effective to make them at home, you will wonder why you even bought them in the first place.
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What recipes do you use buttermilk in? Have you ever made homemade buttermilk?