How to make buttermilk at home – it’s really easy!

A lot of American recipes calls for something called buttermilk.

If you live in America, and probably some other countries as well, you can buy this in the grocery store.

But if you don’t have it at home, or you live somewhere where you just don’t have it (like Norway), you can easily make it yourself.

It’s actually the liquid left over after producing butter from full cream milk by the churning process.

But don’t worry, you can cheat your way to buttermilk without churning!

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This is how you make buttermilk.

Make buttermilk at home
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  1. Milk
  2. Lemon juice
  1. If the recipe calls for 200 mls of buttermilk, then you add 200 mls of regular milk to a bowl or suitable container.
  2. Then you simply add a couple of tablespoons of lemon. You can use fresh, but lemon juice from a bottle works as well.
  3. Let it sit for about five minutes. It will then thicken and become a bit lumpy. That's buttermilk! Then you pour it into the batter or dough. Easy, right?
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9 thoughts on “How to make buttermilk at home – it’s really easy!

  1. thanks God for your blog!!!! Im going to norway and last time I have problem with your products 🙁 I couldnt find buttermilk so I really need to use milk and lemon? thats it ? , I also need a white cheese not like cottage cheese more than curd and I also coulnd find it 🙁 and the last I need a 82% butter can you help me ?

    1. Glad I could help! Yep, add lemon and let it sit for a few minutes, that’s it! I’ll try to help you with the other two. Could you post a link for each item that you originally use so I can compare? Then I’ll try to find the eqivalent here 🙂

    1. Hei Kristin! Du blander melken og sitronen i et desilitermål og lar det stå til det tykner, og så har du hele greia i røra! Jeg ser at det kunne vært bedre forklart i teksten, så det skal jeg skrive inn. Takk for at du påpekte det! Hilsen Lene 🙂

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