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How to Make Sour Cream

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How to Make Sour Cream

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Need sour cream for a recipe? Here's how to make your own:

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Developing Time: 24 hours

Total Time: 24 hours, 5 minutes


  • 1 cup cream (heavy or whipping)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk or sour cream


1. Pour the ingredients into a sterilized jar; seal; and shake to combine.

2. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 24 hours to allow the sour cream to develop.

3. Stir. Then, store your sour cream in the refrigerator.

Why This Works

The lactic acid bacteria in the buttermilk (or sour cream) ferments the cream, causing it to sour and thicken.

For Low-Fat Sour Cream:

Replace some of the cream with whole milk, half-and-half or light cream. Just keep in mind: your sour cream won't turn out quite as thick.

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Confusing Sour Cream & Creme Fraiche, Member MomToManyKids

I felt the need to point out that you have the exact same recipe for Creme Fraiche and Sour Cream. While the 2 are similar they are NOT the same thing.

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