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How To Make Buttermilk

How To Make Buttermilk

Learn How To Make Buttermilk at home using three simple buttermilk substitute recipes that you can easily whip up in no time. A must-have on your next baking session or pancake cravings! No need to buy an entire carton of buttermilk and let it go to waste when you only need a cup of it.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade buttermilk, how to make buttermilk
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 155kcal
Author Imma


Method 1

  • 1 cup whole milk  
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice or white vinegar 

Method 2

  • ¾ cup plain unsweetened yogurt or sour cream 
  • ¼ cup milk 

Method 3  

  • 1 cup whole milk  
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons cream of tartar 


Method 1 

  • Pour  milk to measuring glass or jug. Stir in lemon juice or vinegar. Let the milk mixture sit for  about 10 minutes or until it thickens very slightly and milk curdles and milk is acidic. Use as needed or store in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Method 2

  • Add ¾ yogurt or sour cream into a glass or bowl  and stir in milk, until mixture is fully combined. Mixture should be the consistency of heavy cream. 
  • You can use straight away or store in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Method 3

  • Pour 1 cup of milk in a glass jar or small bowl. Stir in cream of tartar. 
  •  Let it stand  for about 5- 10 minutes until slightly thickened and curdled.


  1. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 322mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 276mg