Sour milk is the product of the addition of acids or bacterial organisms to fresh milk, and the result is often a change in the taste and texture of the milk. The acids cause the milk to coagulate and turn thick. This milk is known as acidified milk. Whereas, the result of bacterial additions is produced because of the fermentation process that takes place, and is commonly known as fermented or cultured milk. Sour milk is very commonly used for various culinary purposes, one being baking as it makes the preparation soft and adds a lovely flavor.
Sour Milk with Vinegar
- Whole Milk
- Pour the milk in a steel container and set it to room temperature.
- Do not boil the whole milk, as that will not help in the process of acidification. For the addition of the vinegar, you will have to follow a ratio, where you can add 1 tablespoon of vinegar for 1 cup milk.
- You can also use the same proportion of lime juice similarly, since this too has citric acid. Thus, for a recipe where you need ½ cup sour milk, you can add ½ tablespoon of vinegar to the whole milk.
- You can therefore, add the vinegar to whichever quantity of milk you need to turn sour. Stir the milk so that the vinegar is mixed well and after a few minutes you will observe the coagulation of the milk.
Using Sour Milk
Using sour milk for cooking and baking purposes is a very common practice right since ancient times. This is because it acts as a booster for making the preparations soft and fluffy and providing a rich flavor to them. Whether the sour milk is produced by the addition of vinegar or bacterial culture, the function remains the same. Therefore, using homemade sour milk as a buttermilk substitute can be very helpful if you love baking cakes and cookies on a regular basis.
- Cake shortening, ½ cup
- Flour, 3 cups
- Cocoa, ½ cup
- Sugar, 2 cups
- Eggs, 2
- Sour milk, 2 cups
- Baking soda, 2 tsp.
- Vanilla, 1 tsp.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk the cake shortening and sugar together so that they are mixed well.
- Then mix the flour, cocoa, and baking soda in another bowl and sift these together. Mix the two ingredients with each other and the sour milk to the batter.
- Whisk the whole batter so that it becomes smooth and fluffy. Grease a baking pan with butter, dust it with flour, and then pour the batter on it, settle it and bake the cake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes at 350 °F.
With this easy way to learn how to make sour milk, I am sure you are waiting to try it out for yourself. Well, go ahead and make it at home, so that you can use it to make any tasty dish, even more tasty.