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Homemade buttermilk

Buttermilk Recipe Recipe

  • Milk: 250 ml
  • Lemon Juice: 2 tbspn

Buttermilk Recipe Method

  1. Get any kind of milk you have (I prefer whole milk for a creamier flavour) and pour it into a jug. You can even make your own vegan buttermilk with oat/nut milk! Then, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, vinegar or cream of tartare into the milk and give it a stir.
  2. You'll begin to see lumps form as the milk curdles
  3. That's it. You can now use it in any recipe that calls for buttermilk in the same way.

Buttermilk has many uses in baking. It makes cakes, pancakes and muffins tender and moist. This is because it reacts with the raising agent, causing air bubbles to form while baking. It’s also used a lot in savoury dishes too; think buttermilk fried chicken. In this case, the enzymes in buttermilk help break down the proteins in the chicken – making it tender and juicy.

How To Make Buttermilk

Have you ever gone to make a recipe that requires buttermilk only to find you didn’t have any? Well, all you need are 2 ingredients and you can make it yourself in just 5 minutes. Find out how in this recipe on how to make buttermilk.

buttermilk recipe

What Is Buttermilk?

Buttermilk was traditionally the liquid leftover from churning butter from cultured cream. It was thin, liquidy with small lumps of remaining butter. However nowadays in modern times, it’s made very differently. When you add a special kind of bacteria culture to milk and left to ferment, it results in the thick sour buttermilk we know today. Contrary to its name, it doesn’t taste anything like butter. In fact, it’s even lower in fat than regular milk.

For this recipe you will need:

  • Milk – any kind will do, even plant-based milk.
  • Lemon juice (or vinegar if you don’t have lemon juice), either will work!

How to make it:

  1. Simply combine your milk with the lemon juice or vinegar at room temperature and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  2. You will begin to see the milk curdle, which will make it look lumpy – this is what you want!
  3. There you have your buttermilk that is ready to store in the fridge until you\re ready to use it

How Do I Store It?

Cover your homemade buttermilk tightly with clingfilm and store for up to two weeks. You can also freeze it for up to three months. Keep in mind though that freezing it will change it texture and cause it to become quite lumpy. It’s still good to use though. It’s good to know that the longer you leave buttermilk in your fridge, the more sour the taste will become.

After seeing how easy it is to make buttermilk, I’ve never bought it from a shop again. It’s so convenient to be able to make it whenever you need it and the ingredients are always in my kitchen already. Buttermilk is a great addition to baked goods and I hope this page inspires you to make it too.


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