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4 Ways to Make Buttermilk Recipe at Home

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4 Ways to Make a Quick & Easy Buttermilk Substitute

Originally people use the name Buttermilk for the liquid that is left after churning the butter out of cream; it is a very delicious dairy and almost every culture in the East and in the Middle East use this buttermilk in their food. Also Arab Muslims like to drink it in Ramadan month like Muhammad Prophet. Buttermilk can be made through different methods according to the culture for example in most Middle East cultures they make buttermilk by fermenting any kind of milk in warm temperature while in colder country they use only cow’s milk and process it to fermentation process and this type of buttermilk is famous with its sour taste due to the high percentage of lactic acid.

Why You Need to Make Buttermilk Substitute?

Buttermilk is essential in baking if you want to add tenderness to the batter like when you make pancake or any type of quick bread. A specific chemical reaction happen when the lactic acid in the buttermilk contacts the baking soda and that reaction is what is responsible for the airy taste and feels in the cake or bread. So if you like pancake and intend to make them at home you will need this buttermilk or one of its substitutes that I’ve put in this article.

I put here a recipe for one cup of buttermilk but you can use this recipe as a measure to make more cups if you wish to

How to Make Buttermilk Recipe at Home


  • 1 – 1 ½ tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar
  • One cup of milk (it can be whole or heavy cream but not be fat free)


  • Stirring spoon
  • bowel
  • Measuring spoon
  • Measuring cup


  • Start by mixing the lemon juice with the milk and stir well (you can use white vinegar instead of the lemon if you want)
  • Leave the mixture at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes I suggest you don’t leave it more than 15 minutes, or the buttermilk will have soar taste.
  • The milk should be slightly thickened by now ,and if you observe it or move it with a spoon you will see small coagulated pieces, or curdled.
  • Now take this substitute, and put it in the fridge, or use it in your delicious recipes
  • You can use the same method with same steps using 1 ¾ teaspoon cream of tartar instead the lemon ad you will get the same buttermilk substitute.

Other Recipes to Make Buttermilk:

Kefir: Thin kefir by mixing with milk or water till you get the consistency you need then use it as buttermilk substitute.

Thinned Yogurt: Mix 2 cups of plain yogurt with 1/2 cup water, or milk and stir then use it as a buttermilk substitute.

Thinned Sour Cream: Mix 1 ½ cups of sour cream with one cup of milk, or ½  cup of water and stir it well then use it as buttermilk substitute.

Notice: You can mix any kind of fruits with Buttermilk.

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