Here are some of the reasons why you should make sour cream:
- It’s probiotic!
- You get to decide how sour you want it.
- The flavour of cultured dairy is delicious.
- The price of cream is less than the price of sour cream, so it’s a cheap alternative.
- Homemade sour cream doesn’t waste a plastic container.
- It’s easy! Just mix in the culture and you’re done.
Mesophilic Sour Cream Culture
A good mesophilic (room temperature) culture is necessary for sour cream. This type of culture works best at 22C (72F), so there’s no need to heat the cream or keep it warm.
The flavour of the sour cream will be affected by your choice of culture, so if you want a traditional sour cream flavour, then you will need a traditional sour cream culture. Here are some different mesophilic cultures that will work for sour cream:
- You can buy sour cream culture online (affiliate link.) It should be very vigorous and is a great way to kick start your own homemade sour cream culture.
- Sometimes store-bought sour cream is cultured. However, not all of them are, so you will need to read the label. Store-bought sour cream is generally not a very vigorous culture, so give it a full 24 hours to culture at home.
- Cultured buttermilk is a great alternative as the flavour is similar to sour cream.
- Milk kefir can culture cream, but the yeast part of the culture will change the flavour and consistency of the sour cream to be more like… milk kefir.
- Mesophilic yogurts also have their own, unique flavour. So, they can culture whipping cream, but it won’t taste like store-bought sour cream.
Traditional Homemade Sour cream
Traditional sour cream is made with a room temperature lactic culture. It is probiotic and delicious. Perfect for tacos, pierogies and more!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1/4 cup 1x
- Category: Condiment
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Probiotic
- 1/4 cup of mesophilic cultured dairy (see section above for different culturing options)
- 1 cup whole cream
- Mix the culture and cream in a clean glass jar.
- Loosely screw on the lid and leave it at room temperature (around 22 C, 72 F) for 12-24 hours.
- Once it has thickened and tastes sour, store in the fridge until use.
- To keep an active culture, re-culture sour cream every 2 weeks.
- You can find mesophilic dairy cultures in most grocery stores (eg. buttermilk). See the section above for more detailed information.
- The first time you make sour cream it may take a little longer to achieve a sour flavour. It will depend on the quality of your culture. However, once you’ve established your culture, it should be relatively quick.
- The cream will thicken as it cultures, but if you want a really thick sour cream, then strain it through a coffee filter (like Greek yogurt). Alternatively, add in 2 tbsp of powdered milk before culturing.
- Cultured sour cream can be used like buttermilk to make fermented baked goods. So if you want an extra rich red velvet cake then sour cream is the way to go!
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