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  • mink35
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    • 29th Jun 05, 1:19 PM
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    • 29th Jun 05, 1:19 PM
    Apparently it was originally a by-product of butter making and now made by adding culture to skimmed milk (according to Delia!).

    You would need to know what culture is used to make your own I think - unless ya fancy making butter at the same time!

    Edit: there's a recipe here using lemon juice or.... vinegar!!
  • KTFrugal
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    • 29th Jun 05, 5:02 PM
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    • 29th Jun 05, 5:02 PM
    Unless you like to drink buttermilk straight out the glass, you can sub a yoghurt/milk mix with no ill effect to your recipes. I use 2-3 tbsps to the half pint, but you can use as much yoghurt as needs using up if you like.

    In a pinch, which is where I am most of the time, you can also put vinegar into milk for the same acid content...reckon on 1 tbsp to half a pint of milk and leave it to curdle for 30 mins or so.
  • Str4berr3
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    • 29th Jun 05, 5:08 PM
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    • 29th Jun 05, 5:08 PM
    KTFrugal: Do you know if it ok to use Malt Vinegar as that is all i got here?
  • Lulubells
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    • 24th Apr 06, 9:03 AM
    Buttermilk Alternative
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    • 24th Apr 06, 9:03 AM

    I am always looking up recipes on the internet, and I quite often see recipes that need buttermilk - which I don't usually have ! Anyway on my searches I found this alternative to buttermilk if you don't have any to hand - so I thought I would share this as others my find it useful too.

    Substitutions: 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice + low-fat or fat-free milk to make 1 cup & let stand for 10 minutes = 1 cup low fat or fat-free buttermilk


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    • Rikki
    • By Rikki 24th Apr 06, 9:06 AM
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    • 24th Apr 06, 9:06 AM
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    • 24th Apr 06, 9:06 AM
    I have a recipe that uses soured milk/cream and the instructions say add lemon juice to the cream/milk. It thickens it.
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  • Mumofthreeboys
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    • 24th Apr 06, 10:28 AM
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    • 24th Apr 06, 10:28 AM
    Why don't you try making your own butter? The milky liquid left over is buttermilk, you can freeze it and use it when you're ready....
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    • r.mac
    • By r.mac 24th Apr 06, 10:36 AM
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    • 24th Apr 06, 10:36 AM
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    • 24th Apr 06, 10:36 AM
    i have also successfully used a mix of 1/2 natural yog and 1/2 milk in place of buttermilk
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  • purplemoon
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    • 24th Apr 06, 10:43 AM
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    • 24th Apr 06, 10:43 AM
    i have also successfully used a mix of 1/2 natural yog and 1/2 milk in place of buttermilk
    by r.mac
    I do this. Works great in soda bread.
  • kittiwoz
    Buttermilk is acid so it reacts with bicarbonate of soda to create bubbles of carbon dioxide which cause your soda bead (or cake or buttermilk pancakes etc) to rise. Soured milk/cream and yoghurt are similarly acid and so have the same effect.
    • stressedoutmumof1
    • By stressedoutmumof1 26th Apr 06, 5:57 AM
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    I put a tbsp of vinegar into normal milk to make my buttermilk
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    • ness w
    • By ness w 30th Jan 08, 10:28 PM
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    What's the alternative to this? I have a book that stipulates it a lot, is it thick or thin? I have been using ordinary milk, but don't know if I'm missing something in terms of flavour?

    Thanks, Ness.
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 30th Jan 08, 10:42 PM
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    I don't know about flavours but this search shows a few substitutes for buttermilk:-

    google buttermilk substitutes
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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 30th Jan 08, 10:45 PM
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    Hi ness,

    There's an older thread that might help too so I've added your post to it to keep all the replies together.

    This thread might help too:

    What's buttermilk?

    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 31st Jan 08, 7:38 AM
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    I have started to use buttermilk for my scones and they certainly attract compliments these days
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    • nuttyrockeress
    • By nuttyrockeress 3rd Nov 08, 3:45 PM
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    Can't find Buttermilk - how too?
    How do I make buttermilk to add in a cake - i can't find any in the shops? :confused:

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    • Chuzzle
    • By Chuzzle 3rd Nov 08, 4:00 PM
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    Can't tell you how to make it but my Morrisons and Tescos both sell it near the yogurts/cream. Tesco is 55p per carton and Morrisons is 35p per carton but it's slightl smaller size than Tesco.
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  • tsstss7
    Isn't buttermilk what you get left when you make butter from cream? If you read the threads about making butter it's mentioned there...I read one of these threads and was inspired to have a go and apart from a bit of rsi it was pretty satisfying.
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    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 3rd Nov 08, 4:34 PM
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    It is usually with the cream at the supermarket. Failing that substitute yogurt.

    Commercial buttermilk is a cultured dairy product and is not the same as the liquid left after making butter.
  • Trishh
    You can add a bit of vinegar to milk. That will sour it , giving the buttermilk taste. I read that tip on HERE, somewhere, ages ago
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