How To Make Buttermilk At Home From Regular Milk
The word ‘buttermilk’ is used to mean various kinds of dairy drinks. Traditionally, buttermilk was the residue liquid left after butter was churned out of cream.
Buttermilk is thicker than regular milk and more acidic because of the lactic acid that is produced by the lactic acid bacteria in the process of fermenting lactose, which is the basic sugar in milk. Buttermilk can be consumed straight, or can be used in cooking.
It is mostly used in baking, as the acid in the buttermilk reacts with the baking powder present in the batter, which makes the batter free of the sourness of buttermilk and leaves the baked items tender, airy and good to taste.
Buttermilk is easily available in various grocery stores, but the real food lover will find himself or herself disappointed with the quality and thickness of the store-bought buttermilk. Though it seems to be a tedious task, making buttermilk at home from regular milk can be an easy, time-saving and convenient task, as one will be able to make only the quantity of buttermilk that he or she requires.
The ingredients that are needed to make buttermilk at home from regular milk are:-
- One scant cup of whole milk (2%)
- One tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice.
- A measuring cup, one measuring spoon and a stirring spoon.
The following steps must be followed to make buttermilk at home :-
- Combine the lemon juice or white vinegar and the milk
Measure one scant cup of whole milk, add one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in it and stir well.
- Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes
Allow the mixture to rest at room temperature. After 10 minutes the milk will become slightly thicker and small curdled bits will be visible in it. This means that the buttermilk is now ready for use.
- Use the buttermilk as per your requirements
This home-made buttermilk, including the curdled bits can be used in cooking and baking as and when required.
Thus, making buttermilk at home by the addition of easily available and cheap kitchen ingredients like white vinegar and lemon juice to plain milk is a truly easy and convenient way of meeting cooking and baking needs.