Buttermilk is definitely not something the average household keeps on hand, because it is so rich and not widely used. But when a recipe calls for it, don’t skip over it and use regular milk just because you don’t have it in your fridge, make it yourself! It is super easy to do, and once you know how to make it, you’ll never have to buy it again.
There are no fancy products to make homemade buttermilk, you just need some sort of milk and an acid component. For the acid, you can choose vinegar or lemon juice, whatever you have.
Simply pour 1 cup of milk into a jug and add in 1 tablespoon of acid and stir. In a few minutes, the acid will curdle the milk just enough to give you buttermilk!
A great use for buttermilk is marinating some chicken in it before you roast or fry it. You can also use it in place of regular milk for truly out-of-this-world pancakes, or you can even make your own homemade ranch dressing from it! The good thing about making it at home is that you can make as much or as little as you need.