Homemade Buttermilk in five minutes – Baking Basics
Many recipes nowadays use buttermilk but often there is none at home? This simple, easy and effortless recipe will make you homemade buttermilk in as little as five minutes. Use it in recipes that call for buttermilk. It’s a refreshing drink on its own on a hot summer day or simply add a few fresh herbs to jazz it up.
How often do you need buttermilk in a recipe and realize you don’t have buttermilk in the fridge? Well, almost all the time for me!! If you see under my dessert/cake recipes so many of my cakes use buttermilk. I think it really adds a little extra to that cake – a soft crumb.
Substitute for buttermilk
I have a few recipes that call for buttermilk, especially cake recipes. I love how buttermilk can give you a nice soft crumb. Often I get people who will message me asking – what can I substitute for buttermilk in your recipe XXX? And yes I do know that some of you do not get buttermilk in your locations too!
The answer is simple. Why would you want to substitute buttermilk when you can make buttermilk at home in 5 minutes? Really?
The other most common question I get asked is how do I know when the buttermilk is ready? How does it look?
Well, it’s really not much to happen in there so what you have after 5 minutes is actually buttermilk – it’s pretty plain and simple. Which is why I made this video. And have those weird images below.
So while I felt weird making this post after all those posts using buttermilk in my recipes. I should have been posting this long ago. But, better late than never. Right? I think it’s an important one to share with you. I also showed you how to make Homemade Condensed Milk in 5 minutes.
OTHER USES OF HOMEMADE BUTTERMILK
Buttermilk is not necessarily used just for baking cakes. You can substitute buttermilk in a lot of recipes.
- The next time you make Pancakes – use buttermilk instead of milk
- Try substituting buttermilk in your favorite crispy chicken recipe
- Try it in salad dressings instead of yogurt or mayonnaise
- Add it to your soup instead of milk before you blend the soup.
- Or instead of milk try buttermilk in your next bread recipe
- Of course, you can make a buttermilk pie or tart too! Taste delicious.
DID YOU KNOW THAT BUTTERMILK IS GOOD FOR HEALTH TOO?
Yep, growing up as an Indian we use to have buttermilk after a heavy meal to help digestion. And if we ever had acidity the elders usually will recommend buttermilk instead of anything else because it has a cooling effect on the digestive system.
I’m told it prevents vitamin deficiency, drops cholesterol as well as reduces high blood pressure but It’s not something I know for sure. just things I heard from the old folks so can’t tell you for sure.
How to substitute buttermilk for milk in cake recipes
Normally I do not recommend substituting things in recipes unless you have to but often I love to use buttermilk instead of milk in my cakes when possible.
What I usually do is for every one cup or buttermilk I substitute I will replace 1/2 tsp of the baking powder with baking soda. That is to balance the equation of baking powder/baking soda/acidity. You do need to add baking soda if you use buttermilk instead of milk but you can’t just add it – you have to subtract the baking powder as well. Basically, you have to maintain a balance of that cake formula.
How to make Homemade Buttermilk in 5 Minutes (Save/Pin)
- 1 cup milk (room temperature)
- 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar. (personally, I prefer lemon juice over vinegar)
- Ensure the milk is at room temperature. If it’s cold it will not curdle, and it’s hot it will split and give you cottage cheese.
- Add the lemon juice or vinegar.
- Stir and set aside for five minutes.v
- After five minutes your buttermilk is ready.v
- It will curdle more as it sits and that’s normal.
- Use the amount required in your recipe.
Now that is ready to bake my cake
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Homemade Buttermilk in 5 minutes aka How to make Buttermilk
Many recipes nowadays use buttermilk but often there is none at home? This simple, easy and effortless recipe will make you homemade buttermilk in as little as five minutes. Use it in recipes that call for buttermilk. It's a refreshing drink on its own on a hot summer day or simply add a few fresh herbs to jazz it up.
Ingredients - Choose (Metric or US Customary) below
- 1 cup Milk room temperature
- 1 tsp Lemon juice or vinegar. personally, I prefer lemon juice over vinegar
Ensure the milk is at room temperature. If it’s cold it will not curdle, and it's hot it will split and give you cottage cheese.
Add the lemon juice or vinegar.
Stir and set aside for five minutes.
After five minutes your buttermilk is ready.
It will curdle more as it sits and that’s normal.
Use the amount required in your recipe.
Recipe Video - full version (detailed)
Master the Basic and Dominate the Kitchen
One way to improve your cooking or baking skills is to get a grip on your basic recipes. Often it’s more easy and quicker than you think it is.
Simple things like making homemade caramel or butterscotch take five minutes but are so much better homemade.
Baking the perfect pie or pastry crust from scratch can make a huge difference to your homemade pies and desserts.
Did you know homemade buttermilk or condensed milk take less than 5 minutes as well? Yes!!
See some of my Basic Recipes with details or check out my Recipe Index for a list of all my recipes.