Sour or Clabbered Milk


Milk that has acquired a tart taste due to fermentation or the addition of lemon juice or vinegar. To create sour milk, add 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar to one cup of milk and let sit for 5 minutes.

Sour milk, also termed clabbered milk can be created by leaving raw milk at room temperature in a cloth covered container until the milk solids separate out of the whey.


Other names: Soured Milk
Translations: Rūgušpiens, Rauginto pieno, Acru si lapte intreg, Ukiseliti mlijeko, Sưa chua, Kwaśne mleko, Zure melk, दही, Leite azedo, Кислого молока, لبن رائب, 사워 밀크, Kyselé mléko, Susu asam, 酸牛奶, Kislo mleko, Kyslé mlieko, חלב חמוץ, Surmjölk, Укиселити млеко, サワーミルク, Sauermilch, Кислого молока, Piimä, Пресечено мляко

Physical Description

Sour milk looks like regular milk but is slightly thickened from the acidity in the vinegar or lemon juice.

Colors: white

Tasting Notes

Flavors: sour
Mouthfeel: Tart, Sour, Bitter
Food complements: Baked goods, Pastry
Substitutes: Buttermilk

Selecting and Buying

Buying: It's unlikely that you will find sour milk at the grocer. Usually the amount called for in recipes in relatively small, so it's just as easy and cost effective to make at home using lemon juice or vinegar.


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