Buttermilk Substitution

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

Store-bought buttermilk can be very expensive, especially if you only need a cup or less for a recipe. But, you don't have buttermilk, and you're desperate for homemade buttermilk pancakes or biscuits. What are you gonna do? Here's an easy solution.......make your own.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add cream of tartar or lemon juice to the milk.
  2. Stir and allow it to stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
  3. When milk starts to curdle, stir well.
  4. Buttermilk is ready to serve.


Most Helpful

I don't buy buttermilk because I rarely use it. I needed a half a cup so I halved this recipe. It worked for me and I used the lemon.

bmcnichol June 07, 2011

Sunday morning blues, no buttermilk off to www.food.com "voila" brunch is on again and I don't have to drive to town in a snow storm yeah! Well I used the lemon juice adaptation and for our favourite pancakes my DH did not notice any difference and what difference I noticed was "extremely" marginal. I allowed the milk to curdle for 45 minutes though as it didn't seem to want to in the beginning. Absolutely delicious will use again anytime. Thank you for posting dojemi.

oilpatchjo November 21, 2010

Used this to make Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Biscuits and they turned out wonderful. Tried one batch with cream of tartar and the other batch with lemon juice. Both were a hit! Thank you!

MommaEllen February 21, 2008

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