10 Substitutes for Buttermilk  - You Must Try 

Milk and vinegar

Vinegar makes milk acidic like buttermilk. Apple cider or distilled white vinegar can be used, however the latter has a neutral flavour. 

Milk and lemon juice

Lemon juice is an acid that you can use instead of vinegar to make buttermilk. 

Milk and cream of tartar

Potassium bitartrate, or cream of tartar, can be used with milk to make buttermilk. 

Lactose-free milk and acid

Buttermilk is lower in lactose than regular milk, so people with lactose intolerance may be able to tolerate it.

Sour cream and water or milk

Sour cream is made by using lactic acid bacteria to ferment cream, giving it a tangy flavor similar to buttermilk.

Plain kefir

Unflavored kefir is a fermented milk beverage that looks and tastes like buttermilk.

Buttermilk powder and water

You can purchase powdered buttermilk that has been dehydrated; simply follow the directions on the package to mix it with water to make it liquid again. 

Soy-based options

These soy-based alternatives are both dairy-free and vegan. 

Low carb, paleo-friendly option

The following plant-based buttermilk substitutes are low carb and paleo-friendly. 

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