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How to Make Sour Cream


In many cases, itís really easier to go and buy some products at a store instead of wasting time on making them at home from scratch, but this rule doesnít work with dairy products. The point is dairy products that you buy at regular grocery stores bear no resemblance with natural products. So, if you have enthusiasm and some free time, you doubtlessly should try to make them at home. Letís start with sour cream: itís a product that you often use to make dressings, dipping sauces and dough and itís also easy to make.


glass jar;

2 cups of heavy whipping cream;

3 tbsp cultured buttermilk;

a coffee filter or thick cheesecloth'


  • The first thing you want to do is find a glass jar of a proper size and sterilize it. Itís important to make your sour cream in a sterilized jar to prevent the growth of bad bacteria. Wash a glass jar in soapy water and then dip it into boiling water for a few minutes.
  • Pour 2 cups of heavy whipping cream into the jar and add 3 tbsp cultured buttermilk. Itís highly recommended to use warm whipping cream because higher temperature helps bacteria to grow and multiply. Anyways, just make sure youíre not using ice cold whipping cream.
  • Give the mixture a good stir and cover the top of the jar with a coffee filter or thick cheesecloth and secure this improvised lid with a rubber band.
  • Leave the jar in a warm spot for 1-2 days. 70-75F is considered to be warm enough for making sour cream. Basically, the warmer it is the faster the reaction.
  • Once your sour cream is ready, put it in the fridge for 24 hours to thicken up.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Donít cover the jar with a regular lid. You want your mixture to ďbreatheĒ.
  • Make sure youíre using 100% natural buttermilk. Itís important because you will need live bacteria to start the reaction.
  • Donít use dirty jars for making sour cream.
  • Donít store sour milk at a room temperature for too long. Unlike store-bought sour cream, itís getting spoiled pretty fast so try to use it as soon as possible.



Now you see that making sour cream at home is really easy. Itís a simple chemistry and you donít have to be a cooking guru to make some fresh homemade sour cream by yourself. Making it at home, you know itís 100% organic and doesnít contain any stabilizers. Itís just perfect for dips and dressings, so donít hesitate to give it a try.

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