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Buttermilk Substitute

When a recipe calls for buttermilk, can I add vinegar or lemon juice to milk as a substitute? —A.C., New York, New York

There are a number of substitutes for buttermilk in baking. For each cup of buttermilk, you can use 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to measure 1 cup. Stir, then let stand for 5 minutes. You can also use 1 cup of plain yogurt or 1-3/4 teaspoons cream of tartar plus 1 cup milk.

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