Last week, Yahoo!Shine had an article about how to make the tallest, fluffiest pancakes. It listed buttermilk as one of the ingredients. Well, what if you don’t have buttermilk? The article goes on to say use lemon juice. And, if you don’t have lemon juice? I’m here to tell you there’s another solution. Vinegar! Yep, surely you have that on hand in a cabinet, and milk in the fridge, too. Combined, these two simple ingredients make the best buttermilk.

SAHM Tip: Make Buttermilk In a one cup measure, add one tablespoon of vinegar. Fill the rest of the cup with milk–I use whole milk or 2% lactose-free milk. Set aside and go on with whatever you are making that calls for buttermilk. The vinegar is working hard to create lumps and clumps of the milk. Voila! In five minutes, you have one cup of buttermilk looking for action, most likely with baking soda or baking powder.

This is fun to make with children, because they can see and eat science. There’s a reaction between the milk and vinegar, and another reaction between the baking soda or baking powder and the vinegar.

Maybe this is what’s going on inside of a person accused of being full of piss and vinegar. Maybe they need a buttermilk pancake or two.

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