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Can I Use Buttermilk Powder Instead of Buttermilk? (+8 tasty uses)

4 min read time May 26, 2022


Buttermilk Powder is one of those fantastic ingredients you never knew you needed until you tried it.

That’s because buttermilk powder is highly versatile and totally delicious!

Can I use buttermilk powder instead of buttermilk?
Yes, because buttermilk powder is dehydrated buttermilk, you can use buttermilk powder instead of buttermilk in any recipe by adding more liquid to the recipe. 

Since buttermilk powder is a perfect substitute for buttermilk, it gives you tons of options for your cooking. 

Let’s explore our buttermilk powder and some of the tasty options below.

Sweet Cream Buttermilk Powder

Buttermilk powder comes from drying buttermilk and has the main advantage of a significantly longer shelf life than liquid buttermilk. That's because it has a low moisture content making it hard for bacteria to grow. 

This advantage means you can always buy more buttermilk powder, store it in a cool, dark, dry location in the pantry and not worry about it going bad if you don't use all of it quickly, unlike liquid buttermilk.

Further, because it is concentrated, you get more buttermilk for your dollar, as you only need to use a little for most of your recipes compared to using liquid buttermilk. This also means you can create plenty of liquid buttermilk from a small amount of buttermilk powder. 

Finally, powder buttermilk functions as well as its liquid counterpart. And in some cases, buttermilk powder will work even better in some recipes where adding more liquid is not ideal.

Seven facts about why our buttermilk powder is especially thick, rich, tasty, and nutritious:

  1. Our buttermilk powder comes from the sweet cream during the butter churning process.
  2. The moisture content of our buttermilk powder is below 5%.
  3. The milk fat content of our buttermilk powder is over 4.5% by weight.
  4. Our buttermilk powder contains at least 30% protein.
  5. Our buttermilk powder does not contain any preservatives.
  6. Our buttermilk powder does not have any neutralizing chemicals or agents.
  7. Our buttermilk powder has not been derived from non-fat milk powder, dry whey powder, dry milk powder, or skimmed milk powder.

How do you make 1 cup of buttermilk from powder?

You can quickly reconstitute buttermilk powder and make 1 cup of buttermilk liquid by mixing the powder with water. 

Here is how you do it and what you need:

  • To make 1 cup of buttermilk from buttermilk powder, add 4 tablespoons of powder to 1 cup of water.  
  • Stir the mixture gently until it is smooth and free of lumps.  
  • Let it sit for a few minutes before using.
  • How do you use buttermilk powder? (8 tasty uses)

    There are plenty of uses for buttermilk powder. Here are eight creative and delicious ways to add buttermilk powder to your food and recipes.

    1. Baking

    Buttermilk powder substitutes fresh buttermilk or sour milk in most baking recipes. You can add it to the dry ingredients where the recipe calls for mixing dry and liquid ingredients. Also, you can use buttermilk powder to promote browning. 

    2. To add flavor

    Buttermilk powder is an excellent flavoring agent. You can use it in dips and spreads for vegetable platters or sandwiches. It is also a wonderful addition to sauces. 

    3. As a dressing and coating

    Buttermilk powder is a versatile dressing ingredient, and you can use it on numerous vegetables. For instance, you can sprinkle the powder with some salt on sliced tomatoes, making it a tasty side dish for pretty much any meal.

    You can also use it to top sandwiches and snacks and on salads like thinly sliced cucumbers and minced chives. Because it thickens with moisture, it also does not water down your dips.

    4. To make marinades

    Buttermilk powder is also great for making rubs and marinades. Whether you are grilling chicken or roasting pork or even vegetables, it shortens the time it usually would take had you used fresh marinades. You can use it with onion and garlic powders and other items to have tasty and uniquely flavored marination.  

    5. On ice creams

    Buttermilk powder is a great way to boost your ice cream recipes. Its sour and acidic taste means it works well with most sweet ingredients. Whether it is caramel or berries, the acidity cuts down the sweetness making for a delicious sweet twang.

    6. As an emulsifier

    Buttermilk powder is a perfect emulsifying agent for combining oil (fats) and water in your recipes. Buttermilk powder helps stabilize the mixture by absorbing the water and making for tasty, mixed sauces and dressings.

    7. As a binding ingredient

    You can use buttermilk powder as a binding agent, especially when combining liquid and dry ingredients in your recipes. The powder absorbs the moisture, literally binding the ingredients together, but it still retains the moisture resulting in a fresher, moist, less dry final product. 

    8. To add nutritional value

    Buttermilk powder is highly nutritious. It contains considerable amounts of potassium, proteins, vitamins, calcium, and other minerals. You can use it as an excellent way to inject more nutrients into your meals, especially snacks or side dishes.


    Ranch Dressing with Buttermilk Powder Recipe:



    1. In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. (Dry mixture can be prepared in advance, stored in an airtight container, and put in the refrigerator.)
    2. Add water and mayonnaise to the dry mixture, and mix well.
    3. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Adjust water per desired consistency.
    4. Chill until ready to serve. Enjoy this homemade Ranch Dressing with your favorite salad, chicken wings, pizza, fries, chips, boil, or roasted vegetables.

    Can I mix buttermilk powder with milk?  

    Yes, you can mix buttermilk powder with milk or even our whole milk powder

    Usually, milk is used as a substitute for water when reconstituting buttermilk from the powder or as part of dressings.

     Using milk provides a richer flavor compared to plain water.

    In summary

    Buttermilk powder is a perfect alternative to fresh buttermilk. It offers the same nutrition, often the same creamy mouthful, and can fit in all recipes for liquid buttermilk. It also has uses beyond what you can do with liquid buttermilk and offers more shelf life and storage flexibility.