How to Make Vegan Buttermilk?

A fluffy and jiggly pancake or a moist cake all these are made easy with buttermilk. Buttermilk works like a supporting friend to baking soda. It helps the baking soda to tenderize gluten. Today, we’re going to share a quick and easy vegan buttermilk recipe with you.

The cake or pancake you make with buttermilk will have a better texture and body. But what to do if you do not have buttermilk at home? You just make it yourself at home.

Some countries do not have vegan buttermilk available. So we got your back. We got the easiest vegan buttermilk recipe that you can use in all your baking recipes. It’s made with ingredients that are already in the pantry. So let’s not delay and get started.

How to Make Vegan Buttermilk?

Ingredients required for vegan buttermilk recipe

Traditional buttermilk requires two things. Some milk and some type of acid. The acid can be lemon juice or vinegar whatever you have near your hands. You just mix two of these ingredients and wait for at least 10 minutes. Voila, your buttermilk is ready!

As we want to make the vegan buttermilk we will need any type of plant-based milk. It can be soy milk or almond milk. I prefer buttermilk made of soy milk. You can make whatever appears tasty to you. 

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Let’s make the vegan buttermilk

Squeeze half a lemon in a small bowl. The lemon should make 1 tablespoon or 15 ml of juice. If not you can just add or reduce the lemon juice.

Then take a cup of soy milk or any unsweetened plant-based milk in a measuring cup. Pour the lemon juice into the cup.

Mix the milk and lemon juice until you are satisfied that these two are combined well. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.

You will see the milk thickening up and have a curd-like consistency. When you see the consistency getting thicker that means it’s done. Now you can make whatever you want with it. 

What can I make with vegan buttermilk?

It’s totally up to you what you want to make with the vegan buttermilk. You can even drink buttermilk plain if you want. You can use it in pancakes, cake, cookies, biscuits, and bread-making recipes. With buttermilk, it will be tastier and fluffier every time. 

Some additional tips

  • You can use either vinegar or lemon juice. But I prefer using freshly squeezed lemon juice. Its flavor is better than vinegar. But you can use vinegar if you do not have a lemon. But try to not use different kinds of vinegar like apple cider, balsamic or sherry vinegar. Because it will change the taste of buttermilk. It will not have the traditional taste.
  • Try to use soy milk as its consistency and taste is more like cow’s milk. If you hate soy milk then it’s ok just use any plant-based milk you are used to. 

How long can I store the vegan buttermilk?

How long do you store your normal plant-based milk? You can store vegan buttermilk as many days as your normal plant-based milk. 3 to 4 days is normal for milk and buttermilk has the same life span.

But every time you are using the buttermilk in any of your recipes just give it a little shake. That will incorporate everything in the buttermilk again. 

Can I freeze my homemade vegan buttermilk recipe?

Of course, you can. You can freeze the buttermilk for three months. But I prefer making a fresh batch every time I need some.

As it’s very easy to make in just ten minutes I prefer not to clutter my fridge with some extra things. But you do whatever floats your boat.

But remember to use frozen buttermilk in cooking or baking only. You cannot drink frozen buttermilk or use it on salad dressing. The quality of frozen buttermilk with the uncooked recipe will not be the same as the freshly made. 

Final thoughts

Buttermilk is used in numerous recipes. Drinking buttermilk helps to fight dehydration and fatigue. It will be great when you can make it yourself at home. You do not have to buy buttermilk from the store anymore.

You will have enough to drink all the time. Try the recipe of vegan buttermilk and make something delicious with it. 

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