How to Make Sour Milk with Lemon & Vinegar

by Jinal Gangar last updated -

Many a time, if you are looking forward to baking, you may need sour milk. It is also used as a substitute for buttermilk and a starter for cheese and yogurt. Making sour milk is quite easy and there are different ways you can do it. The most common recipe involves mixing lemon juice with milk. However, those of you who want to add a different flavor to sour milk can also use vinegar.

Sour milk in a parrot green mug

How To Make Sour Milk

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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: European
Keyword: sour milk
Appliance: Blender, Hot plate
Prep Time: 1 minute
Passive Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 1 cup


Sour Milk with Lemon Juice

Sour Milk with Vinegar

  • 1 cup milk raw or pasteurized
  • 1 tbsp vinegar (plain)


Sour Milk with Lemon Juice

  • To make sour milk, first, add lemon juice to the milk and stir it for about 30 seconds.
  • As soon as you see the milk and the lemon juice blend perfectly, let the milk rest for 5 minutes at room temperature.
  • When the milk starts curdling, that's when you know your homemade sour milk is ready!
    Sour milk in a parrot green mug

Sour Milk with Vinegar

  • In an alternate way to make sour milk, add vinegar to the milk and stir it for 30 seconds.
  • Once you see the milk and the vinegar blend perfectly, stop stirring and let the milk rest for 5 minutes at room temperature.
  • You will notice the milk starts to thicken. Your sour milk is ready!


Warming the milk will help it sour quickly.
You can use different kinds of vinegar like apple cider vinegar for a flavored sour milk.

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 Jinal, an ex-banker who has completed her MBA in finance from Mumbai University, is passionate about health and wellness. She is a social media enthusiast. She has completed an online program on “Introduction to Food and Health” from Stanford University, US. On weekends you can find her in cafes or movie theaters. Positivity drives her and she finds peace in cooking, reading, and coffee!
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