Buttermilk Substitute

Homemade buttermilk in a mason jar, alongside slices of lemon and a whisk, against a cement backdrop.

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Making a recipe that calls for buttermilk and don’t have any on hand? Learn how to make an easy substitute with just two simple ingredients!




  1. Pour vinegar or lemon/lime juice into a measuring cup.
  2. Add enough milk to reach the one cup line.
  3. Whisk together and let sit for at least 5 minutes before using. Use in place of one cup of buttermilk in a recipe.


This buttermilk substitute can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a couple weeks, depending on how fresh your milk is. 

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