How to Make Sour Milk to Substitute for Buttermilk

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Regular milk can be soured and substituted for buttermilk.
Regular milk can be soured and substituted for buttermilk.

If a recipe calls for buttermilk and you don’t have any on hand, it’s easy to make a substitute with regular milk. By adding an acidic ingredient to milk, you can sour it, making it a substitute for buttermilk. Use the same amount of substitute as the recipe calls for buttermilk. Adjust the proportions in the basic substitute recipe to produce the amount of buttermilk substitute you need.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Milk
  • Measuring cup
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Instructions

    • 1

      Measure 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar into a measuring cup.

    • 2

      Add enough milk to make 1 cup total.

    • 3

      Stir to mix and allow the mixture to set for 5 minutes.

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