How to Make a Buttermilk Substitute

Have you ever been ready to make a recipe only to find out that it requires buttermilk, and you don’t have any?

You don’t need to make a special trip to the store just for that buttermilk anymore.

Did you know there is a fast and simple two ingredient buttermilk substitute?

All you need is milk and white vinegar {or lemon juice if you don’t have vinegar}. 

Simply pour 1 tablespoon of white vinegar into a measuring cup…

Pour your milk up to the 1 cup line.

Let sit for 5 minutes….

And Voila! Buttermilk substitute!

Use how ever much buttermilk your recipe calls for.

No more last minute trips to the grocery store for buttermilk.


How to Make a Buttermilk Substitute

How to make buttermilk in a pinch!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup buttermilk substitute 1x
  • Category: Stubstitute
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 tbsp White Vinegar {or lemon juice}
  • 1 cup Milk


  1. In a measuring glass, add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar {or lemon juice}.
  2. Fill with milk UP TO the 1 cup measuring line.
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Use as needed for recipe.

Keywords: substitute, buttermilk, vinegar, milk

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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