How to substitute for buttermilk


If a recipe calls for buttermilk and it isn't available, what else can be used?

-- iVillage member beckyg14



Dear beckyg14:

I believe in using ingredients that you have. To make buttermilk, use 1 cup milk and 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. If you do purchase buttermilk and have extra, freeze it in 1 cup containers or in Ziplock bags. You can also purchase powdered buttermilk in grocery stores. Just add water.

-- Holly


Holly Clegg is the author of Meals on the Move: Rush Hour Recipes.

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