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How to make buttermilk and buttermilk substitute

Don’t have buttermilk but the recipe calls for it?  Use this recipe as a substitute for buttermilk.  Also, learn how to make buttermilk in your own kitchen using heavy cream.

Image Credit:  Lavendela

Buttermilk substitute:


Milk (just under 1 cup, see why below)

1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice


1.  Place a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup.

2.  Pour milk to bring the liquid up to the one cup line.

3.  Let stand for 5 minutes.

Use as much as the recipe calls for.

Making Buttermilk:  How to make buttermilk out of heavy cream


Heavy cream


1.  Fill a tight seal jar halfway with heavy cream and screw lid on tight.

2.  Shake the jar back and forth.  Do this for several minutes.  The cream will thicken and turn into whipped cream.  Continue shaking until the cream is replaced with a yellow glob (butter) and a separate liquid (buttermilk).

3.  Carefully pour the buttermilk out of the jar and use it in any recipe that calls for buttermilk.

One Response

  1. I love the homemade buttermilk. If I make a quart or two to keep in the fridge, how long will it keep?

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