This article provides an overview of buttermilk, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make buttermilk substitutes.
What is Buttermilk?
Buttermilk is a dairy drink that is fermented. It can be used as a beverage, as a leavening agent as well as a marinade to break down and flavor meats – especially fried chicken!
What does Buttermilk taste like?
Buttermilk does not taste similar to common cow’s milk, it instead has a sour and almost tangy taste.
What recipes are Buttermilk included in?
Buttermilk is included in many marinades for meat, especially chicken and pork. It is also a common ingredient in the Irish staple soda bread. The main ingredient in the Ranch Dressing is also Buttermilk
Is Buttermilk a readily available ingredient in supermarkets?
Yes – Buttermilk can be generally found in all supermarkets worldwide in the diary section – you may struggle to find it in Asian countries, however as it is not a common ingredient in Asian cooking. It is, however, common in the western world.
What are some alternative names for Buttermilk?
Thankfully Buttermilk doesn’t have any alternative names across different countries or regions!
What are some good substitutes for Buttermilk in a recipe?
Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for buttermilk. These include:
- Mixing Milk with Lemon Juice or White Vinegar is a good substitute for Buttermilk
- You can also thin out sour cream with a little water or milk as a good alternative to Buttermilk
- Lastly, switching out Buttermilk with Kefir or plan or Greek Yogurt