Out of buttermilk and just itching to make some biscuits or lemon cake? Make your own by mixing 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice with 1 cup of milk and letting it sit until it curdles, about 10 minutes.
Where I live buttermilk is as expensive as gold, really. So I will try using your little trick next time.Thanks! By the way in Germany this is called ‘Dickmilch’ (thick milk) Buttermilk is only what’s left of the milk after churning butter and I think it’s totally fat-free, but still very yummy.
Octel’s link is great!
Growing up in a household where my Mum used to churn butter from the cream layer atop fresh milk we bought at a local farmer’s, I always wondered why commercial “buttermilk” did not taste like butermilk at all..
Problem solved now!
am I crazy for wondering if can I just substitute plain yogurt for buttermilk? I figure they’re both cultured dairy, and I pretty much always have yogurt in my fridge, and I can never finish a carton of buttermilk without it going bad.
I love your blog. I’ve gone down many a rabbit-hole after reading it. My latest? I bought a share in a herd of cows & get raw milk. I’ve been making fresh dairy, like creme fraiche, sour cream, butter, etc. I made cultured butter last week. OMG, yum. Now I have fresh buttermilk (described in post 6). Can I use this buttermilk in your recipes or do I need to (*gasp*) make my own buttermilk like you suggest here? It would be a shame to waste this stuff that came off the butter, but I’m not sure it’ll work. Does anyone know?
I’m curious, too, Mile High Jen, whether the actual true, buttermilk (of which a cup is sitting in my fridge after making my own butter) will work in this recipe which seems to call for something fattier?
Deb, you mention that ‘whole milk buttermilk’ is better for the cake, but that’s actually an oxymoron! So I have the same question as Jen–do I go to another recipe for using up my fresh buttermilk?
Thankyou! This easy recipie for buttermilk has saved me today (it’s blowing a gale & I’m keen to stay indoors!) I used lemon juice rather than vinegar – recently read that vinegar is not a good friend to our liver…
Terrie (#21) – this is TRUE buttermilk – the initial milk that comes from the cream when the cream is churned to make butter. Most other suggestions are simply “soured milk”. True buttermilk is used in cakes to give a softer cake. When I make my butter, I freeze the buttermilk if I am not going to use it within a few days. It will keep for several months when frozen. If you don’t have buttermilk, I find a better alternative is full cream milk diluted, about 1:1.