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Old 12-27-2015, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Troy, Michigan
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So Id like to challenge myself to make homemade sour cream. Most of the recipes Ive seen online say that what they make is closer to creme fraiche which is somewhat hard to acquire in the United States, which Id like to try making as well. But my first intention is to clone sour cream, something similar to Daisy brand, more sour.

Ive seen two recipes, one involves mixing heavy cream and cultured buttermilk. But most of these say this makes somethi g close to creme fraiche. Another recipe involves heavy cream, milk, and vinegar. Would the vinegar version make something closer to sour cream?

Right now Im travelling in Mexico where even heavy cream is hard to come by. There is mostly milk in the big box stores and mostly media crema is what is used instead of sour cream. If I needed my sour cream fix here, how could I make it? Like for onion dip for instance. Media crema is not as sour.
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Old 12-28-2015, 11:27 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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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.
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Old 12-28-2015, 01:06 PM
 
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Ive seen two recipes, one involves mixing heavy cream and cultured buttermilk. But most of these say this makes somethi g close to creme fraiche. Another recipe involves heavy cream, milk, and vinegar. Would the vinegar version make something closer to sour cream?
Milk and vinegar is often used as a substitute for buttermilk, so that recipe is probably for those who don't have any buttermilk around.
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Old 12-28-2015, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I'm surprised you're finding it hard to buy sour cream - American style sour cream. Anyplace we went to in Mexico had at least one brand, but we also were around ex-pat areas and Walmarts.

That said, Whole milk Greek yogurt makes a very good substitute.
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