Have you ever had a recipe that has called for buttermilk (like pancakes or waffles), but you didn’t have it in your fridge? Well today I’m showing you the easiest way to make homemade buttermilk right at home. And guess what? All you need are two ingredients.
Bonus: You can absolutely make dairy-free/vegan buttermilk. Let’s do this!
Watch this easy how-to video I created with Gold Medal Flour to show you how to make Homemade Buttermilk (text instructions are below)!
How to Make Homemade Buttermilk
4.67 from 30 votes
Course How to
Keyword homemade buttermilk
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
All you need are two ingredients to make homemade buttermilk!
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice or white vinegar
- 1 cup of milk of choice
Step 1:Pour 1 cup of milk into a bowl.
Step 2: Grab one small fresh lemon or white vinegar. Stir in a tablespoon or two of lemon juice OR vinegar into the bowl with the milk. Stir to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes until the milk begins to curdle and becomes acidic.
Step 3: Use in place of buttermilk in the recipe as it calls for. Enjoy!
My favorite recipes using buttermilk:
Girl, you were MADE for tv. I am so impressed with your videos. You do such a great job!!
And cheers to shortcut buttermilk. I rarely ever buy it anymore — this shortcut is too easy! 🙂
Awww, thanks Ali! 🙂
THAT IS ONLY SOUR MILK,WHATS THE BIG DEAL
Had to turn off the sound. Sorry!
This is perfect! Your video is wonderful!
Please could you do same for heavy cream, I’m a Nigerian and I lovvvee to bake but unfortunately most stores in the town I stay don’t stock buttermilk, heavy cream or sour cream..So please help me out..thank you
Yes, it should work!
I believe he was asking if you could post recipes on how to make heavy cream or sour cream at home.
To make heavy cream use 3/4 cup milk and 1/3 cup of butter. Melt the butter and let it cool completely then pour into the milk and stir. This gives you a cup of heavy cream.
This is NOT buttermilk! This is buttermilk substitute! I don’t care how cute you are, this is NOT buttermilk!!
It’s not meant for drinking..its for baking and cooking ..DUMMY!!! Besides if u don’t like it leave.. No one invited u here.. Uu the one that opened the page
Yes, rude. I personally appreciate Sam (and Alex) pointing out the distinction, as I was not raised with buttermilk in the kitchen. I could never stand the taste of buttermilk anyway, so this substitute works fine for me!
NOBODY ASK ABOUT YOUR ONONINON YOU BIGG BUT FACE SUCK MY NIPPLE
Google invited us you lamer! And Sam is right! This is NOT buttermilk. In fact it’s much closer to mozzarella CHEESE you big weenie! 😀
I think you need to chill with your details and comments. It’s one thing to clarify and another to be a critic. Get your own damn cooking site if you wanna be technical.
If it is not buttermilk, then please do suggest how to prepare buttermilk at home. just criticizing is not enough. please suggest the correct solution too.
If you process cultured cream into butter you will have buttermilk as a by product. Using creme fraiche and cuisinart is one way to make cultured butter. If you are interested in the entire cycle you can make creme fraiche by culturing heavy cream with some buttermilk; then make cultured butter and have more buttermilk as a by product with which to make some more creme fraiche. This is the way it was once done. Keep in mind there is a distinctly different taste to each: lactic acid (buttermilk), citric acid (lemon) and acetic acid (vinegar).
THis is not mean’t for drinking, although it would not hurt if you do drink it. This is used as a excellent substitute for baking if you do not or cannot get hold of buttermilk. So please do not be so critical and negative or even acerbic of a kind person trying to assist those like me who cannot get hold of the stuff. This is am amazing successful substitute – so butt out and start your own blog on buttermilk….
Great to marinate chicken. Did have regular buttermilk so I tried this! Thank you very much and know it’s appreciated!
I give it 5 stars!
Fabulous – thanks Judy!
I agree with all of you, but can we at least at like grown ups.
Agreed with Sam, this is most definitely NOT buttermilk. Do NOT try to drink this, only use as a cooking substitute.
THis is not mean’t for drinking, although it would not hurt if you do drink it. This is used as a excellent substitute for baking if you do not or cannot get hold of buttermilk. So please do not be so critical and negative or even acerbic of a kind person trying to assist those like me who cannot get hold of the stuff. This is am amazing successful substitute – so butt out and start your own blog on buttermilk…
Actually according to Wikipedia, its called Acitified Buttermilk
Why not to drink it? what could possible happened?
Ok u say it is a buttermilk sub can you use this to make cottage cheese the way u make from buttermilk?
Work for buttermilk rusk Rick.
I will try these tips for sure. These tips will be helpful for a lot of people like me. Looking forward to more informative articles like these.
Is there not other ingredients in bought store buttermilk?
If so this would be more natural, maybe?
Can you use 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice?
Can you use Malt vinegar if you do not have White vinegar?
Found this article helpful since our supermarkets don’t stock buttermilk.Great stuff- Thank You
Do you use the whole product afterwards or do you strain the curdle part and not use it?
Use the whole thing!
personally I have used this technique in the past.
But I do straining the curdle and use it as sour cream or usually for making homemade butter.
And what remains as “buttermilk” for baking.
how can you possible make a intructional video with that noise drowning you out?
I accidentally found your website and the few recipes I saw were amazing!!!!🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
That’s not buttermilk
Where is bacteria culture??
We use curd mixed with heavy cream to make the butter and buttermilk…!!
1. Pour heavy cream into a mixer, and beat it at high speed.
2. It’ll turn into whipping cream first. Just keep whipping it, and it’ll separate out into butter and buttermilk.
I never leave comments, but after reading these I just don’t understand why some people make negative comments about such small things. Life is too short. This is a simple, useful solution for making something that can be used in a recipe that calls for buttermilk when you don’t have any. I have used it for years with excellent results. This young woman is putting herself out there to impart a helpful tip to those who may find it useful. If it is not something you need, then just move on to find a video that is, or better yet, make your own and read the comments you get. I hope no one picks you apart because they feel you weren’t accurate and really, what noise was so loud that you couldn’t hear her talk? Yes, you can say what you want, but why so unnecessarily negative?
Thanks so much for the kind words, Marni! They mean a lot 🙂
Thank you Marni. Life is much to short to look for something to complain about. I use the substitute often even though I may have the real thing in the fridge. Why? Because I want to! 😉
Ditto Marni! Thank you Monique for that information. I despise going to the supermarket to get things that end up going to waste just because I needed a little bit for one recipe. This was great information.
I am tempted to add this buttermilk substitute to my pancake. It appears easy to make.
Thank You Monique for an awesome baking tip. I have been using your tip for makiing my hoe cakes
How much hoe per cake?
Thank you for being brave and helping all of us accomplish our cooking goals Love your smile.
Thank you, you’re darling
can i use fresh milk with 1 tbsp. white vinegar??
can i use fresh milk ??
whats the measurement of green lemon juice to 2 cups of milk evap?thank u so much for the answer!Godbless!
What I hate is that buttermilk in stores expires so fast. If I use milk that’s good for 3 weeks and add the vinegar, does that shorten the expiration date on milk?
it worked well
The problem here is false advertising – Monique’s title says “Homemade Buttermilk” . . . and even several screens into the presentation she still hasn’t made it clear that she even knows the difference. I felt misled and ripped off for the attention she enticed from me under false pretenses. And our attention is the commodity here that allows her to sell advertising.
here is the actual butter milk recipe ,who ever need it please go through it .
The title says “How to Make Homemade Buttermilk”. People will think this site/recipe will teach you on how to make buttermilk on your own. Title should be, “How to make substitute for buttermilk or Homemade Buttermilk Substitute.” Anyway, I was led to this site because I want to confirm if I can use fresh milk + vinegar as substitute for buttermilk. This recipe was so helpful.
I’ve just made this first time & now I’m goi g to make Irish Soda Bread.
What’s not to like.
Amazing – that sounds perfect!
HI Monique, thanks for this useful video. I’m avoiding dairy, can i replace the milk with almond milk?
Hi! Yes – it’s not going to curdle, but it will work!
Hi, thanks for the recipe but can we use this in recipes that uses buttermilk, like for tendering chicken to use for frying and also for coleslaw?
This is a buttermilk substitute for baking recipes that use baking soda. (Baking soda will not work properly without acid in the batter.)
This recipe won’t give you the flavor or stability of real cultured buttermilk, so it’s not appropriate for things like coleslaw, salad dressing, soup, or mashed potatoes, that sometimes call for buttermilk.
It will probably be fine to use for marinades, like for fried chicken, because all a marinade really needs is acid, salt and sugar (lactose, in this case).
You should be able to use this recipe for recipes that call for buttermilk!
Can you use lemon juice? Forgive my ignorance. I’m not much of a cook?
Add lemon juice to the milk!
CHUPA MI KAK HIJA DE MY STEPMOM
Thanks for the tip ! As I live in France, I can’t get hold of any buttermilk, and I’d like to use this for American recipes! I have a question though – do you think this would work to make fried chicken? Thank you in advance!
I just googled a substitute recipe that a recipe calls for buttermilk which you don’t have on hand. Thanks for recipe. But… I have never witnessed such rude, hostile remarks on a blog site for cooking before. Cooking is Fun pleasant experience for young and old please keep you hostility and negative comments to yourself . Thanks again for your help Monique 🤗
Thank you so much for your note Karen – I totally agree! 🙂
Can i use apple cider vinegar instead
I was curioious about that too. I have three different vinegar types: rice, red and cider. No plain. No buttermilk.
Ha! Go figure!
Yep, it’s the acid that’s important. I use apple cider vinegar all the time to make the substitute for pancakes
This is amazing!!! I’ve got to try this!! Thanks, Monique!
What do you do with the curdled milk? Do you discard it or use it? In the past I have used this buttermilk substitute for making fried chicken. I would normally strain through a cheese cloth and discard the curds, just because I don’t know if you use the curds or not.
P.s. I read the previous comments ( the rude ones ). So sorry that people can be so cruel. I hope you didn’t let it bother you. I thought your video was wonderful.
TY I needed the amounts to make buttermilk. I note that the vinegar/lemon juice must be first in the cup with the milk added. Chemistry class!
I only have 1 and 1/2 cups of granulated sugar. Can I use half brown sugar half white? Will it taste the same?
This recipe just has milk + lemon juice or vinegar!
Thank you! Love your buttermilk trick! Solved my problems too.
Thanks – this is such a great baking hack! I am from the South, but live in California now and usually can’t find fresh buttermilk here. I want to make skillet fried chicken this weekend you can’t really prepare it correctly without buttermilk. Can you use this recipe for marinating the chicken before frying? And if so, should I strain the curds from the milk before adding the chicken to the marinade?
Can you use milk of any fat percentage, will it work with skim milk?
Yep that should be fine!
After letting it sit for 10 minutes, do we have to sieve it before using the buttermilk?
for an adult site and suggestions there are some immature comments. please be kind .there is too much hate in this world .please read the suggestions for recipes ,if you don’t like what you read try another site. thanks
Hi, can i use white wine vinegar ?
Very simple I have done, thank you for your guidance. A great recipe
This is a great ALTERNATIVE to buttermilk. It is NOT buttermilk. There is a big difference between the two in both looks AND taste.
I only rated this recipe three stars as the name of the recipe is misleading.
Great I’m finding for the recipe, it’s clear and easy to do. Thanks so much for making this post.
This’s interesting and the recipe is simple, I haven’t made buttermilk before thanks for sharing this.
love using buttermilk in my grandma’s waffles!
I love to cook and I’m always looking for new recipes for my menu, which makes me always interested in my work. Today’s my lucky day, Homemade Buttermilk is great, just follow the instructions and everything is easy, I like it. Thanks for your sharing
Hi, can anyone tell which of the 2 tase better, lemon juice or vinegar? Or is there much taste different when used in cooking?
Great Video! One of my favorite Buttermilk, nice to see your guide, easy to follow, will cook this for family this weekend. Thanks you!
Keep it up, nice job
Can Lime juice be used?
I have limes at home, not lemons unfortunately. I feel like they’d work the same but I just want to be sure.
I would not recommend, but yes it would likely work.
I have not yet made any of these AMAZING looking dishes. I am trying to find some good ones to bake for my family and i am spited to get to use YOU as a helping hand
I hope you find new ones that you love!
This 2-ingredients and easy as 1, 2, 3 buttermilk recipe is definitely a must have to all moms like me. It’s cost-effective and is convenient to have it readily available at home especially when the kids would want to have their fave pancake anytime of the day.
So easy! Glad you found this one!
Here’s a recipe for homemade buttermilk that takes just fifteen minutes to make. It’s a staple in our home and we love it. I’ve tried making it with store-bought buttermilk, but the flavor is quite different.