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.

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How to Make a Buttermilk Substitute

How to make buttermilk in a pinch!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Stubstitute
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 tbsp
Calories: 9 kcal
Author: Shawn


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


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


Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 20mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Calcium: 17mg
Keywords: buttermilk, milk, substitute, Vinegar
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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.
2 Responses
  1. Mystie @ Simple Pantry Cooking

    I do this all the time, too! I almost always use lemon juice, because the bottle is quick to grab alongside the milk. 🙂 One less thing to buy at the grocery store!

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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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