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Is Buttermilk Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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Have you been wondering if buttermilk is suitable for vegans? Keep reading to find out. 

What is buttermilk?

Buttermilk is a naturally occurring by-product of making butter. Historically buttermilk was the liquid that was leftover from churning cultured or fermented cream once the sugars turned into lactic acid.  

However, in modern cooking milk has cultures added to it to turn it straight into buttermilk without the whole making-butter-first part. 

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Is buttermilk vegan?

No, traditional buttermilk isn’t vegan-friendly because it’s made with dairy milk. 

What is a vegan substitute for buttermilk?

There are a few homemade vegan alternatives to buttermilk, that generally involve adding some kind of acid like lemon juice or vinegar to a plant milk. 

For more details on our favourite vegan substitutes for buttermilk, check out this blog next!

Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. 

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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