How to Make Buttermilk from Milk
How to Make Buttermilk from Milk
Buttermilk is an amazing ingredient for pancakes, cakes, and even fried chicken but it is so annoying to keep on hand. Most recipes require only a little and those big cartons expire in the blink of an eye! Well worry not because this super-easy buttermilk substitute works perfectly in all your recipes.


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar (something acidic)


  • Combine the two ingredients.  Let it sit 5 to 10 minute while it curdles. (some people go as long as up to 30 minutes)
  • You are done.  Use it in place of milk.

You can also watch Martha do it.

There are some other methods just as easy.  Such as using Cream of Tartar or Sour Cream.  Though I hear the sour cream method is the best if you are trying to get as close to actual buttermilk as possible.  Watch John do them all.

Method #2

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 3/4 tbsp cream of tartar

Method #3

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
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