There is more than one way to make buttermilk…Firstly I will show you the original way afterwards I will show you a quick n easy substitute. Also a non-dairy option. This shows you how to make buttermilk for the delicious buttermilk bread pictured.
A cup of raw fresh milk.
Allow the milk to sit covered on the kitchen top for 2/3 days until it has clabbered.
N.B: THE TERM “CLABBERED” means unpasteurised milk which has turned sour over time, the milk thickens or curdles into a thick yoghurt like texture with a strong, sour like flavour.
Put a 1/4 of a cup of the clabbered milk into a pint mason jar, add a cup of fresh milk. Note: This does not have to be raw milk.
Cover, shake to mix and let it sit at room temperature until it has clabbered again.
Repeat this step called sub-culturing several times until the milk clabbers in a 24hr period.
Now taste a little bit it should be thickened and have a tart but not bitter taste.
To make a quart of buttermilk with this culture add 6 ounces of culture to the jar and fill with fresh milk.
Cover, shake and sit at room temperature until it has clabbered.
Refrigerate, it is now ready to use.
I love that word clabbered…but we can’t all get raw milk like I can here so never fear Carol is here…lol
If you find a recipe which requires buttermilk, and you don’t have any buttermilk..then try this… To a cup of milk add either lemon juice or vinegar.
To 1 cup of milk add 1tbsp lemon juice, let it sit for 2 minutes and it is ready to use. If you want 2 cups then it’s 1 tbsp plus tsp of lemon juice it doesn’t require 2 tbsp to curdle the milk.
It won’t be as thick and creamy as true buttermilk and is not suitable for dressings.
But is perfect for pancakes, bread recipes, any baked recipes asking for buttermilk.
You must use this mixture within an hour of making as it will not keep.
Non- Dairy -Option:
1/4 cup of Almond Milk plus 3/4 cup of almond milk yoghurt plus 1/2tsp of vinegar.
Stir well, stand 2 mins and ready to use in your favourite baking recipes.
That’s it for now enjoy making your buttermilk recipes …Have fun 🙂