While we are making fluffy pancakes or fried chicken, one of the required items is buttermilk. Most of the time, we forget to buy buttermilk in our regular grocery shopping. Somehow if we get it and let it sit on our shelves, it might get spoiled and will be of no use.
So it is better to learn how to make buttermilk or a buttermilk substitute at home. And the fact is, you can easily make it in 5-10 minutes. Moreover, homemade buttermilk survives longer and can be stored easily.
How to Make Buttermilk?
Following are six simple and best recipes to make buttermilk at home.
Make Buttermilk from Milk and Lemon Juice
With this buttermilk recipe, you can easily make buttermilk from milk and lemon juice on your own.
Just take one cup of whole milk and add one tablespoon of lemon juice to it. Shake it well for 20-30 seconds, and let it set aside for 5 minutes.
Here you go, one cup of buttermilk is ready.
Make Buttermilk with White Vinegar
If you don’t have lemon juice, you can also make buttermilk with vinegar with this recipe.
Take one cup of whole milk and add one tablespoon of white vinegar to it. Shake it for 20-30 seconds and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Your buttermilk is ready to use.
Make Buttermilk with Sour Cream
Using sour cream and water, you can easily make a buttermilk substitute following this recipe.
Just take ¼ cup of water, add ¾ cup of sour cream, and shake it well for some time. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, and get one cup of buttermilk ready.
It will be thick in consistency so that we can also use it for fried chicken.
Make Buttermilk with Tartar Juice
In this method, we are going to use tartar cream and whole milk.
Take one cup of whole milk and add ¾ tablespoon of tartar cream in it and shake it well for 20-30 seconds and let it sit for 5 minutes, and your buttermilk will be ready.
One cup whole milk + ¾ tablespoon tartar cream = 1 cup buttermilk.
Make Lactose-Free Buttermilk
Some people are lactose intolerant. We have a simple recipe for a buttermilk substitute for them.
You can use coconut milk instead of whole milk to make buttermilk. Add one tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to one cup of coconut milk, shake it well. Set it aside for 5 minutes, and your lactose-free buttermilk will be ready.
1 cup coconut milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice / vinegar = 1 cup buttermilk
Make Vegan Buttermilk With Soymilk
If you don’t want to make buttermilk from regular milk, you can use soymilk instead.
Just add one tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar in one cup of soy milk and shake it for 20-30 seconds and set it aside for 5 minutes, and your buttermilk will be ready.
1 cup soy milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice = 1 cup buttermilk
1 cup soy milk + 1 tablespoon Vinegar = 1 cup buttermilk
What to Do With Leftover Buttermilk?
As we know, there is a small quantity of buttermilk required in most dishes. Then, you may find some of it left behind.
Don’t throw the leftover buttermilk. You can make use of it in different ways.
You can make cake, bread, biscuits, and pancakes with it. Moreover, you can also use it in milkshakes and ice creams to make them more delightful. Not only that, but you can also use it to brine chicken for roasting.
There are also many other uses of buttermilk. But the real problem is how to store buttermilk for further use after a long time.
How to Store Buttermilk?
The best method to store buttermilk for a long time is freezing.
Just put it in a sealed container and place it in a freezer. It can last up to 2 months.
You can also keep it using ice cube trays. Just put it in an ice cube tray and freeze it.