To make buttermilk, mix lemon juice into milk and let the mixture sit. The buttermilk is ready when it starts to curdle.
Homemade buttermilk is very easy to make and tastes excellent in pancakes and other flour-based foods. To make buttermilk at home, use the following steps.
- Mix the ingredients
- Let the mixture sit
- Use the buttermilk
Mix 1 cup of milk with 1 cup of lemon juice. Use a milk product with a higher fat content, such as 2 percent milk, whole milk or cream.
Let the milk and lemon juice mixture sit for up to 10 minutes. The milk should start to thicken and curdle.
Substitute the commercial buttermilk for the homemade buttermilk in any recipe that calls for the ingredient.
Another method of making buttermilk involves churning heavy cream into solids and liquids. To use this method, blend some cream in a food processor or mixer until it separates. Strain the solids through some cheesecloth and use the strained buttermilk in any recipe that calls for the ingredient. Rinse out the solids well and set them aside. The solids create an excellent homemade butter that can keep for several weeks.
If homemade or commercial buttermilk are not available, yogurt or sour cream can make good substitutes in recipes that call for the ingredient.