How to make Sour Cream


Whether you like your sour cream slathered on Mexican food, potatoes, desserts or fresh fruit, learn to create your own at home. This page on how to make sour cream details two different sour cream recipes you can use to make sour cream at home. You can also turn the sour cream into flavorful sauces, dips and dressings with a few simple recipe variations. Read on to learn how to make sour cream.

Sour Cream

Sour cream cannot be made at home with pasteurized cream; the lack of bacteria in the cream will cause the cream to spoil instead of sour. If you have access to unpasteruized heavy cream, you can add 1 Tbsp of vinegar to 2 cups of cream and let the mixture stand out at room temperature for several hours until curdled.

If you are willing to make sour cream from pasteurized cream, you can make a version of creme fraiche which is also a soured cream. The taste is generally milder than that of sour cream, but it may be an acceptable substitute for recipes that asks for sour cream. You can make creme fraiche by adding 1 cup of buttermilk in 2 cups of heavy cream and leaving it in a warm place (26° to 32°C) for 8 to 24 hours. One of the benefits of creme fraiche is that it can be whipped.

Sour cream with chips

Sour Cream Tips

1. Make sour cream by combining light cream and buttermilk in a sterilized jar.
2. Flavor the blender sour cream by adding spices or chopped vegetables before mixing.
3. To produce a thicker sour cream, use cream with a higher fat content.
4. Create a variations of sour cream by blending cottage cheese, lemon juice and milk.
5. Let the mixture sit at room temperature until it reaches the desired thickness.
6. Store the toppings for two to three weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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