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Buttermilk doesn't contain butter; it's the slightly sour liquid left over from the butter-making process. Most buttermilk contains bits of milk fat (or curds) and is slightly thicker than milk but not as heavy as cream. The process of making processed, or cultured, buttermilk is similar to that of yogurt. Lactobaccillus is added to whole milk and allowed to ferment for 12 to 14 hours at low temperature. Salt and butter flecks may be added to the final product for flavor and texture. But it is possible to make a buttermilk substitute at home.

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Pour milk into a 1-cup measuring cup

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Add 1 tbsp. white vinegar or lemon juice

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Let the mixture stand for five minutes

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Use in the recipe of your choice.

Tip

Alternatives to vinegar or lemon juice include: 1¾ tsp. cream of tartar to 1 cup of milk or ¼ cup milk to ¾ cup plain yogurt.

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Julia Michelle

Julia Michelle has been writing professionally since January 2009. Her specialties include massage therapy, computer tech support, land and aquatic personal training, aquatic group fitness and Reiki. She has an Associate in Applied Science from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in integrative medical massage therapy.