Make Your Own Sour Cream For A Fresher, More Customisable Condiment

Make Your Own Sour Cream For A Fresher, More Customisable Condiment
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If you like sour cream, you ought to consider making it yourself. The stuff you buy in the store comes as-is. If you make it yourself, you get a fresher product and total control over how thick it turns out.

Gabrielle Taylor, writing for WonderHowTo, explains how easy it is to whip up the stuff and how your choice of ingredients controls the end result:

To make sour cream, you just need buttermilk and heavy cream or half and half. Heavy cream will result in a thicker sour cream, so choose based on the texture you’re looking for. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of buttermilk per cup of heavy cream or half and half and let it sit at room temperature for 1 to 2 days. Don’t worry about the cream going bad — the acid in the buttermilk protects against bacteria. It should last about a week in the fridge.

Making your own sour cream requires a little patience, but it’s clearly very simple. For more creamy foods you can make yourself, check out the full post over at WonderHowTo.

How to Make Easy Homemade Buttermilk, Sour Cream, & Crème Fraîche [WonderHowTo]


  • What a dumb way to make sour cream. Simply add white vinegar to ordinary cream – thick or runny – and stir with a spoon. Add as much vinegar as you want to suit your taste buds. Simple.

  • this is a reason why RAW milk should be allowed to be sold! as long as batches get tested, there is no risk of getting sick. I get raw milk all the time (cause I know farmers) and unpasturized milk doesnt actually go off, it just gets more sour and sour. so after 2 weeks it passes the drinking phase, and you can make butter from the cream, buttermilk to start this process. you can let the milk seperate and make cottage cheese. RAW milk is a god send if you know how to get the most out of it

    • Great idea, raw milk.

      Lets go back to the time of sirs and dames, to institutionalised racism and to getting (and spreading) listeria and many other diseases via raw milk.

      Advocating raw milk is like advocating vaccination avoidance. Irresponsible and harmful to those around you.

      • you uneducated pillock!
        times have changed idiot. we no longer feed the cows used corn and rye from the alcohol plants. we no longer put our feet in the bucket to keep our feet warm while milking the cows. We no longer have immigrants coming in with TB ect ect. We have a thing called refrigeration. and the invention of the microscope

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