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Buttermilk alternative inside a measuring cup with a lemon, apple cider, milk, spoons and a whisk surrounding it.
Homemade Buttermilk Alternative
Prep Time
1 min
resting time
9 mins
Total Time
10 mins

This fast and easy buttermilk alternative will work perfectly for any time a recipe calls for buttermilk.

Course: ingredient
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttermilk substitution, homemade buttermilk alternative
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 121 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  1. Whisk the ingredients together and allow to sit for 7-10 minutes before using as a buttermilk substitution in all your recipes.

Recipe Notes

Measurement calculations:

  • For 1 cup buttermilk  = 1 cup milk + 1 Tablespoon acid  
  •  For 3/4 cup buttermilk  = 3/4 cup milk + 2½ teaspoons acid 
  •  For 2/3 cup buttermilk  = 2/3 cup milk + 2 teaspoons acid 
  •  For 1/2 cup buttermilk  = 1/2 cup milk + 1½ teaspoons acid 
  •  For 1/4 cup buttermilk = 1/4 cup milk + 3/4 teaspoon acid 

Whole milk, reduced fat milk, skim milk, almond milk, soy milk may be used for the milk.

Lemon or lime juice, white vinegar, or apple cider vinegar may be used as the acid.



Nutrition Facts
Homemade Buttermilk Alternative
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 111mg5%
Potassium 330mg9%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Calcium 283mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.