Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Make a Buttermilk Substitute in Five Minutes (Quick Kitchen Tip)

Who else loves Kitchen Short Cuts? One of my recipe pet peeves is ingredients that cost an arm and a leg to make one measly dish. I also get cranky when a recipe calls for a "larger" item that I don't often use, and I feel like I'm stuck with it. Case in point, buttermilk. I have several recipes on the blog that call for buttermilk, but I hate spending a couple of bucks for a quart when I know I won't use much of it. My mom gave me this quick kitchen tip a few years back, and it's a lifesaver! Here's how you can Make Your Own Buttermilk Substitute at home in just five minutes!

The beauty of this recipe? It calls for just two staple ingredients:
Kitchen Short Cut: Make a Buttermilk Substitute in 5 Minutes, from Serenity Now

-About 1 cup of milk
-1 Tablespoon of White Vinegar

1. Measure out about 1 cup of milk. 
(We use whole milk because it's what our girls drink)
2. Pour 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar into the milk.
3. Let it sit out for 5 minutes. 
(You'll notice it will start to look "bubbly" or curdled. That's okay.)
4. Use as much of the buttermilk as your recipe calls for.
Kitchen Short Cut: Make a Buttermilk Substitute in 5 Minutes, from Serenity Now
Kitchen Short Cut: Make a Buttermilk Substitute in 5 Minutes, from Serenity Now

I've never noticed a difference in taste in the completed recipes, and I use this substitute quite often. It stinks to have everything ready to go for baking, only to realize you're missing one ingredient. If you stock white vinegar in your pantry, you'll be set!

*Looking for a few yummy recipes with buttermilk in them? Here are two of my faves!

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  1. Amanda, I do this as well. Also, sometimes I do but the container of buttermilk and freeze it in ice cubes tray and then put in a ziploc. It keeps for months!!!

  2. Didn't know that! Thanks for the tip Amanda, unfortunately, I don't have a quick tip.

  3. Hi! Thank you so much for sharing! I have one recipe I use that calls for buttermilk and I always feel like it's a waste to buy, even when I freeze the rest! I don't really think I have any kitchen shortcut tips... Still learning!

    It's Always Ruetten

  4. Our favorite pancake recipe calls for buttermilk and we've always used the vinegar-milk method after doing a little googling. :) You're right, it works beautifully! (And now I want pancakes. Hmm.)

  5. This is a good old vegan trick. Works every time! (soy or almond milk mixed with vinegar)

  6. Yes, ma'am, I agree with you. Every now and then I splurge and buy real buttermilk, but I rarely keep it on hand. This method works great. By the way, it works especially well with whole milk--buttermilk, even the low-fat variety, is very thick. So you should be proud of using whole milk here!

  7. Thanks, I will try this - the only thing I ever want to make that uses buttermilk is a pancake recipe, and since I never have buttermilk in the fridge...we don't use that recipe.


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