Buttermilk makes everything better. Except when you accidentally put it in your coffee.
Buttermilk, the cultured dairy product found on most supermarket shelves in the US, is made from fermented cow’s milk. Buttermilk’s tangy taste and thick consistency isn’t the best for drinking (unless you’re Elvis washing down a fried peanut butter n’ banana sandwich) but it turns baked goods into something sublime and works wonders as a tenderizing meat marinade.
Not to mention the complexity Buttermilk adds to potatoes, like the Buttermilk Potato Pave (above). Grits, mac n’ cheese… even scrambled eggs can all be enhanced with the magic of buttermilk.
I’m asked all kinds of questions about Buttermilk. The number one inquiry being for a Buttermilk Substitute. And though I’ve given the advice many times, I’ve never actually tried it myself. But even those of us who always have a quart of Buttermilk in the fridge can run out, just when the craving for Oatmeal Apple Muffins strikes.
I gave it a go, and I’ll tell you what, the Buttermilk Substitute works great! I’m not sure if I’m ready to marinate my Fried Chicken in the substitute… but it preforms beautifully in muffins.
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pat in texas says
something else that works great is lemon juice was out recently of vinegar so i sub. lemon juice it was great turned much quicker
I’ve done vinegar and also have done lemon. I have found real buttermilk to still be superior.
Average Betty says
It’s almost worth saying that there is no substitute for real buttermilk… but I guess there is, isn’t there? Ha! Thanks, Peggie!
I used 1 cup almond milk and 1 tbsp vinegar but it didn’t curdle even after an hour. Could it be that my almond milk is too cold? how can I get it to curdle? thanks.
Average Betty says
Hi evie, I don’t know that you’ll get the curdling with almond or soy milk — it’s more about the tang. Hope this helps!