{Do-It-Yourself} Homemade Buttermilk

You know how sometimes you just don’t feel like getting into the car and driving all the way to the store just to buy a single missing ingredient, like say, buttermilk? Well my excuse is different. I don’t think we actually get any liquid buttermilk here. As you might know, aside from sour cream and yogurt, buttermilk is a staple in most quick bread, cupcake or muffin recipes, because it helps in creating a moist cake. And at some point I got sick of skipping over recipes I really wanted to try but had the word buttermilk in them. So in the spirit of experimentation, I made my own buttermilk. I don’t know what I was expecting to happen, avoiding this moment for so long. In hindsight, I’m not even sure why I was so worried at all!

Homemade Buttermilk
Homemade buttermilk

Making buttermilk is actually very easy, and chances are the things you need to make it are readily available in your home. It doesn’t call for any butter, despite its name, and it’s actually a lot healthier than I perceived it to be (again, probably because of its name). Basically, it’s a thicker version of milk. At first I had my doubts, because I have nothing to compare homemade buttermilk to. I have never seen nor tasted real buttermilk before (though they say it tastes a bit like yogurt), and using buttermilk powder just doesn’t feel right for me. But after two successful recipes using this concoction, I can tell you this is a pretty safe trick to do. 

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