If you run out of sour cream, or you just want to make your own from an easy homemade sour cream recipe , we’ve found the best substitutes and ways to make sour cream at home.
What is the main ingredient in sour cream?
Bringing it right back to basics, sour cream is a mixture of a milk product and a product containing acid.
The acidic product sours the milk product and produces bacteria, which will sour the milk product and thicken it.
Milk products include:
• Whole milk
• Cream, any type as long as the percentage of fat is at least 35%
• Yogurt, plain natural or plain Greek
• Cream cheese
• Crème Fraiche
Acidic products include:
• White vinegar
• Lemon juice
How to make homemade sour cream fast
Quick homemade sour cream using milk and vinegar is super easy. You can serve the sour cream within about 10 minutes. However, if you have time or have had warning that you’ll need it, 12 hours will result in a thicker and tangier sour cream.
• Mix 1 cup cream and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a jar.
• Replace the lid and put the jar in the fridge for 10 minutes.
How do you make sour cream quickly with milk?
I was drawn to this recipe because it’s fast, and you don’t need to run out and buy milk specifically; if you have powdered milk and white vinegar in your pantry, you’re set!
• 2/3 cup powdered milk (about a quart of liquid milk)
• 3/4 cup cold water
• 1 teaspoon vinegar and stir to thicken
You may need to add a dash more vinegar to thicken to your required consistency.
Recipe courtesy Food.com
How long does homemade sour cream last
Homemade sour cream will stay good in the fridge for about a week.
How to tell if your sour cream is bad
Your sour cream may develop a milky pale liquid layer on top. This does not mean it is going bad. That liquid is whey. (Remember Little Miss Muffet?)
Using the tips below, check if your sour cream has gone bad. You can stir the whey through if none of those guidelines apply.
You’ll know if you need to throw out your sour cream:
• If you notice dark moldy spots
• If the taste has become bitter rather than tangy
• If the odor has changed to a bitter smell
• If the color has changed
• If the texture has changed.
If your sour cream sits outside the fridge for two hours or more, toss it out.
How to thicken homemade sour cream
If you have any of the following thickening agents, you can make your sour cream thicker.
• Agar-agar powder
Methods for thickening sour cream
Make homemade sour cream with yogurt
Make homemade sour cream with Greek yogurt
Homemade sour cream with buttermilk
Make sour cream from cream cheese
Make sour cream from cottage cheese
Make sour cream from thickened cream
The cream you use can be whipping cream or heavy whipping cream as long as the fat content is a percentage of 35%.