Once upon a time, buttermilk was a common item in the dairy isle of grocery stores. Now it has become a hard item to find, as many stores no longer carry it. Buttermilk has a tangy flavor, and is often called for in baking recipes, as its use gives a more tender texture to baked goods. If you have a recipe calling for buttermilk and your grocery store does not carry it—don’t fret, as you can quickly make your own from regular milk by using one of four ingredients: vinegar, lemon juice, cream of tartar or plain yogurt.

Things You'll Need


Using Vinegar

Pour 1 cup of regular milk into a container.

Measure out 1 tbsp. of vinegar, and add it the container with the milk. Stir to mix the two ingredients together.

Allow the milk/vinegar mixture to stand approximately five to 10 minutes before using. After standing for the appropriate length of time, the milk is ready for use in your recipe.

Using Lemon Juice

Pour 1 cup of regular milk into a container.

Measure out 1 tbsp. of lemon juice. Add the lemon juice to the container with the milk, and stir to mix the two ingredients together.

Allow the milk and lemon juice to stand for approximately five to 10 minutes before using. After standing for the appropriate amount of time, the milk is ready for use in your recipe.

Using Cream Of Tartar

Pour 1 cup of regular milk into a container.

Measure out 1 ¾ tbsp. of cream of tarter and add to the container of milk. Stir to mix the two ingredients together.

Allow the milk and cream of tartar to stand for approximately five to 10 minutes before using. After standing for the appropriate amount of time, the milk is ready for use in your recipe.

Using Plain Yogurt

Pour 1 cup of regular milk into a container.

Measure out 2/3 cups of regular, plain yogurt. Mix the yogurt into the container of milk, mixing the two ingredients together.

Allow the milk and yogurt to stand for approximately five to 10 minutes before using. After standing for the appropriate length of time, use the mixture in your recipe.