Substitute for Buttermilk in Recipes

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July 21, 2010

buttermilk substitute in a bowlI wanted to remind everyone that substitutions can be made cheaply. I buy cans of evaporated milk. When a recipe calls for buttermilk, I pour a little into a cup of water to make milk, and then put a a teaspoon or so of vinegar. This makes it into buttermilk. My family doesn't drink buttermilk, so it is a waste to have a whole carton of it in the fridge. I really love doing this for pancakes.




Add evaporated milk and vinegar to water and mix with other ingredients. If the kids are really hungry I will secretly mix in about 1/4 cup of oatmeal to make it more filling. You might add more water if it needs it.

I let the batter sit about two minutes and then put it on a greased hot pan on my electric stove. I set the stove to 5 or a 4. After there are tons of bubbles at the top, I turn the pancakes over. When they looks cooked through, I put them on the plate, butter them, and top with a dollop of sugar-free orange marmalade jelly or sugar-free syrup.

The kids love it, and I like quick recipes. I have to double the recipe if there are more than two hungry kids since I make small amounts at a time.


The kids usually eat one the size of the small skillet I make them with and they are full. I like to make things that make them full and are good for their little bodies. As a matter of fact I was making pancakes last night for myself at three o'clock in the morning :)

By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN

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April 11, 2011

Earlier in the week, I wanted to make some biscuits but noticed I was out of buttermilk, and didn't want to go to the store. I had an old buttermilk container in the fridge and decided I'd make my own.

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March 14, 2010

It is difficult to buy buttermilk where I live. What can I use as a substitute?

By Barbara from Calpe, Spain


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March 14, 20100 found this helpful

Measure out milk and put in 1 teaspoon lemon juice or 1 teaspoon vinegar if that's for baking; it wouldn't do for salad dressing or drinking.

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

One recipe I have uses buttermilk. I always just add 2 Tbsp of vinegar to the milk.

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

If for cooking or baking: 1 cup buttermilk = 1 cup plain yogurt

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

Take 1 cup of milk and 2-3 Tsp. of vinegar or lemon juice or cream of tartar after about 15 minutes it suppose to curdle. Mix again and use.

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

To make pretend buttermilk, add 1-3/4 tablespoons of cream of tartar to a cup of milk. Or add a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes.


In many baking recipes, you can also just use plain yogurt or sour cream instead of buttermilk.

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

There is powdered buttermilk sold in the baking section of the store. You might check to see if your store has it, if not there, ask the manager to stock it.

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March 17, 20100 found this helpful

Add 2 Tbsp. lemon juice or white vinegar to the milk and let stand for a while, bit more juice/vinegar can be added, it also serves as an extra rising agent.

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August 1, 2013

What can I substitute for buttermilk?

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June 3, 20170 found this helpful

To make one cup of buttermilk, add 1 Tablespoon of vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar) to almost a cup of milk. Let stand for a couple of minutes, then use in recipe.

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September 26, 2011

This page contains recipes for homemade buttermilk. Buttermilk is used in many recipes, when you don't have it handy, you can make your own.

Buttermilk in a metal cup.

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March 14, 2010

Can anyone tell me what I can substitute for buttermilk? I can't find it in my country.

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