Fat Free Homemade Buttermilk

Have you ever had a recipe that called for buttermilk and you didn’t have any?

I know that has happened to me many, many times. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever purchased buttermilk, but instead just substituted regular skim milk in place of buttermilk in recipes.

One day I was talking to my elderly aunt and she said, “Diane, you don’t need to buy buttermilk. You can make a perfectly good substitute at home.” I asked her how and she explained that all you need to do is combine milk and lemon juice together. I looked at her in amazement. Who knew?

Well, that’s what I did and what I do to this day. Regular buttermilk is very high in fat and calories, which does not fit with my eating philosophy. So I make my own using skim milk and lemon juice.

Homemade Fat Free Buttermilk

Here’s the extremely simple recipe:

An Unexpected Request

And here is what the buttermilk looks like after you have let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes. You can see the bubbles at the top. When you pour the milk out is has curdled a bit and developed that sour flavor that buttermilk has.

Finished Buttermilk

I hope you will try this less inexpensive, healthier for you buttermilk! I use it in whole wheat pancakes, muffins, and other baked goods.

Enjoy! Diane

4 thoughts on “Fat Free Homemade Buttermilk

  1. Stacy says:

    You can also use vinegar! I found that in a recipe book when I was making chocolate cake as a kid (probably around 11 or 12). We never had buttermilk on hand either. I always use this method with skim milk if a recipe calls for buttermilk.

  2. Emil says:

    I love buttermilk! I live in Austria and here we have a lot of variety of it. I have done most of my weight loss through hiking and some running so I needed to drink a lot of it for the calcium to keep my bones strong!

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