Substitutions for buttermilk

Joined Feb 6, 2002
Here are substitutions I found in Substituting Ingredients: An A to Z Kitchen Reference by Becky Sue Epstein & Hillary Dole Klein

1 cup milk plus 1 3/4 tablespoons cream of tartar or

Sour Cream or

Plain, low fat yogurt

Hope you find these useful. Glad I finally got to use this book.:D
Joined Mar 3, 2002
Shimmer, from my notes: A buttermilk Substitute: To each cup of milk add 1 Tbs lemon juiceor white distilled vinegar. Let stand a minute before using.

Unfortunately, I didn't note where I found this info and have never tried it. As a cup of milk will not break the bank, you can easily experiment. I've also seen vinegar suggested.

There's also Saco dried buttermilk (intended for use in cooking, not drinking). They have a website out there. Tony Cenicola had an article on it in the NYT. He says, Saco Cultured Buttermilk Blend can be found in supermarkets or directly from Saco Foods, (800) 373-7226. Apparently using the driec may require some adjustment of leavening agents. Check the Saco site.
Joined Jan 15, 2001
Shimmer, I have tried the milk and lemon juice. The trick is to let it stand for 5-10 min. so that it thickens a bit.
My favorite substitution is non-fat or low-fat yogurt. Particularly in muffins, they come out so tender.


Joined Apr 4, 2000
To replace 1 cup buttermilk:

1 tablespoon vinegar plus enough milk to make one cup (let stand 5 minutes)

2 tablespoons lemon juice plus enough milk to make one cup (let stand 5 minutes)

1 cup milk plus 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 cup plain yogourt

1 cup sour cream

1 cup mild flavoured soy milk plus 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice (in baked good only)

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