Video:How to Cook with Buttermilkwith Ellen Adams
Buttermilk is a common ingredient in certain recipes, but not everyone has this on hand. Check out some buttermilk substitutions that will work great in place of the real thing.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Cook with Buttermilk
I'm Ellen Adams for About.com
Today I'm going to talk to you about buttermilk and some of its substitutions. Originally buttermilk was the liquid that was left after the milk was churned into butter, but today a culture is added to regular milk. It results in a thick creamy buttermilk.
Powdered Buttermilk Lasts Longer
The second type, if you don't have buttermilk on hand, you don't have to stop what you're doing and run out to the store. There is a great product, a powdered buttermilk. It will last in your pantry for about a year. Once it's opened, keep it in the refrigerator. You take one cup of water, one tablespoon of the powder, stir it up and boom: You have one cup of buttermilk. So it's a really nice product to have on hand.
Use Buttermilk Substitutions
A couple other substitutions are sour cream or plain yogurt. So if you don't happen to have buttermilk on hand or the powder buttermilk, sour cream and yogurt are very good substitutions.
The final substitution is to make your own sour milk. So you take one cup of milk add a tablespoon of vinegar or a tablespoon of lemon juice. Let it sit on your countertop for about 5 minutes and you will see it start to bubble up and thicken. You can use this sour milk in place of buttermilk if you have to.
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