Vegan buttermilk can be used as a substitute for traditional buttermilk in a wide range of recipes. It provides a similar acidic element that helps to tenderize and add flavor to a wide range of recipes. Making homemade buttermilk is quick & easy, and only requires two simple ingredients.
Buttermilk is a versatile ingredient that can be used in various ways in cooking and baking. Here are some common uses for buttermilk:
- Baking: Buttermilk is often used in baked goods like cakes, muffins, pancakes, and biscuits. It helps to create a tender texture and adds a subtle tangy flavor.
- Marinades: Buttermilk makes an excellent base for marinades, as it helps to infuse your ingredients with flavor. You can add herbs, spices, and other seasonings to enhance the taste.
- Salad Dressings and Dips: You can use buttermilk as a base for creamy salad dressings and dips. Combine it with ingredients like mayonnaise, herbs, garlic, lemon juice, and spices to create delicious dressings or dips for salads, vegetables, or as a dip for chips.
- Soups and Sauces: Buttermilk can be used to add a creamy and tangy element to soups and sauces. It works well in creamy vegetable soups, and gravies.
- Pancakes and Waffles: Buttermilk is a common ingredient in fluffy and flavorful pancakes and waffles. Its acidity reacts with baking soda to create a light and airy texture.
- Fried Foods: If you want to achieve a crispy crust on fried foods like, mushroom fried “calamari”, try dipping the pieces in buttermilk before coating them with flour or breadcrumbs. The buttermilk also helps to add lots of flavor.
- Smoothies and Shakes: Buttermilk can be added to smoothies and shakes to give them a tangy and creamy taste. Combine it with fruits, yogurt, or other ingredients for a refreshing drink.
Enjoy the versatility of vegan buttermilk in your vegan recipes and explore the delicious possibilities it brings to your plant-based cooking!
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Homemade Vegan Buttermilk
- 1 cup of non-dairy milk such as almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar
- Pour the non-dairy milk into a measuring cup or bowl.
- Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to the non-dairy milk.
- Stir the mixture gently to combine.
- Let the mixture sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes. This allows the non-dairy milk to curdle and thicken, similar to traditional buttermilk.
- After 10 minutes, you will notice that the mixture has thickened slightly and become slightly tangy. Your vegan buttermilk is now ready to use in your vegan recipes!