You're in the middle of making some one bowl red velvet cupcakes and you realize the recipe calls for buttermilk.
You don't even have to peek in the fridge, because you know that isn't going to be in there.
Shoot. So what do you do? Stop what you're doing, wake the little ones, and rush out to the grocery store?
Text your husband, hoping he sees it on his way home?
How about this instead. Make your own.
Yup, make your own. Seriously with two ingredients you can make your own. Save your sanity, a trip to the store and a few bucks while you're at it.
Before I show you how easy it is...
Two common questions when making your own buttermilk:
Q: Does it matter what kind of milk I use?
A: Nope! I've used all kinds of milk to make my own buttermilk. I've used whole milk, 2%, 1&, and skim with great results. I've even used almond! Use what you have on hand or normally buy. No need to buy a special kind of milk.
Q: Does it matter what kind of vinegar I use?
A: Yes (to some degree). I usually use white vinegar, but also have been known to use apple cider vinegar. I've never strayed from those two. Other vinegars might impart flavor into your buttermilk, and that's something you wouldn't want going on in your cake. So stick to using white or apple cider vinegar for best results.
Now the part you've been waiting for...
How To Make Your Own Buttermilk
- Measure out a cup of milk
- Add 1 tablespoon of your vinegar and stir. You can also use lemon juice!
- Allow to sit for 10 minutes before using.
Yea, that's it. Seriously. Don't you feel silly now for buying that expensive container of buttermilk at the store?
If you need more or less, just simply adjust your recipe accordingly. Just always keep the ration of 1 cup of milk to 1 Tbs. of vinegar and you will have perfect results each time.
What if you have no milk?
No milk. No problem! You can also substitute the amount called for in your recipe and replace it with equal parts yogurt.
Now what to do with that buttermilk? How about make some...For more baking basics related posts, be sure to check these out these: 8 Reasons Your Cookies Spread Too Much 10 Must Have Pans Every Baker Needs Baking 101: Getting To Know Your Oven How and Why To Measure Your Flour Correctly
Until next time,
Happy baking everyone!