How to Make Sour Cream
Sour cream is one of those ingredients that I have been using for most of my life. It wasn’t until recently that I even thought about its name. Sour. Cream. After I thought about that, I wondered how hard it would be to learn how to make sour cream from scratch, and was delighted to learn that it is not hard at all!
If you have a couple of minutes, and 24 hours to wait, you can make homemade sour cream in your own kitchen. It’s so easy, the novice chef wouldn’t even sweat over it.
How to make sour cream:
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
Combine heavy cream and buttermilk in a glass bowl or mason jar and give it a good stir. Cover with a piece of cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel, and secure it with a rubber band.
Allow to sit in a warm environment, ideally 80-85 degrees, for 24 hours. When it’s ready, it’ll smell slightly tart and will have thickened. While it isn’t as thick as commercial sour cream, it should be thick enough to cling to a spoon and ribbon as you tilt the spoon over.
Once you have your desired thickness, you should store sour cream in the refrigerator. It should last 3-5 days refrigerated.
I have also seen some recipes that replace the buttermilk with a mixture of milk and vinegar (thereby creating your own buttermilk) with varying degrees of success. If you want to use this method, I would use 1/4 cup of milk with 1 tsp of vinegar, and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before adding in the heavy cream.
Now that you have learned how to make sour cream, here are some great ways to use it!
- Sour Cream Pound Cake
- Dallop onto of homemade fajitas
- Irish Nachos
- Chocolate and Sour Cream Ganache
- Sour Cream Pancakes