A jar of buttermilk from the churning process.At the home of Kim Albano in Boyertown Wednesday afternoon. Kim makes her own butter from milk she gets from her cow Bertha.4/17/2013 Boyertown, PAPhoto by Ben Hasty (Photo By Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
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The 2-Ingredient Buttermilk Replacement You Should Know
Buttermilk can make baked desserts moist and tender, while also lending body to bread and biscuits and helping them rise. If you're in the middle of baking and realize you've run out of buttermilk, or you simply can't find it in any stores near you, you can make your own 2-ingredient "buttermilk" that works just as well.
To create your own buttermilk, add one tablespoon of vinegar to one cup of whole milk, then leave it to sit for five to 10 minutes to let it thicken. This substitute likely won’t be as thick as store-bought buttermilk, and the mixture might look lumpy or curdled, but this is normal, and the unevenness won't affect your cooking or baking.
If you don’t have vinegar, you can use lemon juice in the same ratio, adding one tablespoon of juice to one cup of milk. If you prefer not to mix up your own buttermilk substitute, you can use just one ingredient to replace it depending on your recipe, with possibilities including yogurt, kefir, sour cream, crème fraîche, or even applesauce.