Imagine you’re in the mood to cook something nice, like pancakes, and you suddenly realize that you are out of buttermilk. Now, you’re running to the grocery store to get a carton of buttermilk, when you only need half a cup.
In times like this, a quick and easy homemade buttermilk recipe will come in handy. Since it’s an ingredient that is often used in the kitchen, you can also save some bucks by making it at home.
There are many ways to make buttermilk or one of its substitutes at home. Most recipes require no more than 10 minutes to prepare. Up next in the article is all that you need to make a fresh jar of buttermilk at home. Read on to learn more.
Why Do You Need Buttermilk?
Buttermilk is used in many of your favorite recipes, whether it’s bread or pies. It is sour in taste, and it is also referred to as “Sour Milk”. The main purpose buttermilk serves is that it adds softness to the batter.
Though it is used to enhance flavor in many recipes, its sourness can also be used for other purposes as well. For instance, when it is mixed with baking soda, it can add puffiness into the batter, and it makes baked products airy and tender.
Some other recipes in which you can use buttermilk, include biscuits, yellowcake, smoothies, etc.
Some Things to Know Before Making Buttermilk at Home
Before you begin making buttermilk, it’s important to know how much of it you need. Buttermilk tends to go rancid, even in the refrigerator, in a short amount of time. So, you shouldn’t make extra if you’re not planning on using it.
You should also keep some equipment handy before starting the recipe. This would include measuring cups, pans, measuring spoons, and stirring ladles.
It is also best to choose ingredients that blend well with the recipe you need buttermilk for. For example, a milk and white vinegar mixture work very well for baking anything.
How to Make Buttermilk
There are many recipes for making buttermilk that you can start with. Here, we are sharing a convenient recipe of lemon juice or white vinegar. To start with, you’ll need one small cup of whole milk or at least 2% milk (you can also use cream).
You also need one small tablespoon of fresh lemon juice or white vinegar. Once you have all the ingredients, you can follow these steps to make buttermilk.
Start by mixing the milk or cream with lemon juice or vinegar in a pan. Stir the mixture with a ladle for a minute to mix it thoroughly. Let this mixture sit still for five to 10 minutes after that at room temperature.
Once it’s ready, you will notice curdled bits and the milk will also look slightly thicker. Homemade buttermilk may not be as thick as regular packaged buttermilk, but curdled bits will help you identify when it’s ready.
Then, you can pour it into a different container and use it as you deem fit.
Some Other Substitutes For Buttermilk
There’s no one way of making buttermilk, so you can try different recipes. Moreover, there are many things you can use as a substitute for buttermilk while preparing food.
You can use a cup of regular yogurt in the recipe or a mixture of milk and yogurt in different proportions. Apart from that, a combination of a quarter cup of milk and ¾ cup of sour cream also makes a good substitute.
The Bottom Line
Learning how to make buttermilk is a great timesaver in the kitchen. As you try different recipes, you will get more ideas about what works best for you.
You can also change the proportions according to your requirements, which is something that you can’t do with packaged buttermilk.