We’ve all been in the middle of making a recipe when we realized we didn’t have buttermilk on hand! Luckily, making your own is so easy and only requires two simple ingredients.

It’s one of those ingredients that seems to go bad in my fridge when I do buy it and is never around in the moments I need it!  It’s almost embarrassing how often I have to use this substitute recipe.  You’ll likely have this easy recipe memorized after just one use.

What Can I Use to Make Buttermilk

There are a few popular methods for substituting buttermilk. Pick which one is best for you, based on what you have on hand:

buttermilk ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar + enough milk to measure 1 cup. OR
  •  1 Tablespoon lemon juice + enough milk to measure 1 cup. OR
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoon cream of tarter + 1 cup of milk. OR
  • 3/4 cup yogurt or sour cream + 1/4 cup milk

How To Make It

The simplest way to substitute buttermilk is to pour 1 tbs. of vinegar into a 1 cup measurer and then fill the rest of the measuring cup with milk.  Then gently stir the mixture and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

If you don’t have vinegar, lemon juice and cream of tarter and yougurt also work as great buttermilk substitutions. Use them in the same way described above.

Dairy Free Buttermilk Substitution

dairy free buttermilk

If you have a dairy allergy you can also use this substitute recipe with a small adaptation.  Instead of using 1 cup of milk, use coconut milk! So add vinegar or lemon juice to a 1 cup measurer and then fill the rest of the measuring cup with coconut milk Or almond milk. Voila!  I dairy-free buttermilk substitute.

Can You Freeze Buttermilk?

frozen buttermilk

Yes!  Buttermilk freezes well.  Just be sure to store it in a sealed container and it will last in the freezer for up to 3 months.  You can also freeze buttermilk by using and ice cube tray and freezing it in 1 tablespoon portions!  This makes it really convenient when you need to use just a small amount.

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