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Easy Homemade Sour Cream

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Sour cream is one of those things that goes well in dips, baking and a variety of other recipes. This easy homemade sour cream is awesome and is a great substitute.

Believe it or now there are some countries that don’t have easy access to sour cream as we do here in the United States. But there is a way to make a great sour cream at home.

This recipe for homemade sour cream is really easy to make. It will taste a bit different than the kind you buy at the store and it won’t be quite as thick, but it is still pretty amazing! Especially if you don’t have access to it. If I can do it, you can do it, let’s get started!

Assortment of glass bowls on a wooden table containing cream, butter, and vinegar.

Step 1: Gather the tools and ingredients

This easy homemade sour cream recipe uses only three ingredients. Chances are you might already have these ingredients in your home. You will need the following:

Sour Cream Ingredients

  • Heavy whipping cream – This provides the base for the sour cream
  • Milk – preferably whole milk but other milk like 2% and 1% will work
  • White Vinegar – You may also use lemon juice as well. This is what causes the scientific reaction with your cream and milk which produces the sour flavor and thickens it up.
  • Buttermilk – Optional, for another way to make it.

Tools

For the tools you will need the following:

  • Mason jar – or you can use any other kind of jar or container with a lid.
  • Clean cloth – a tea cloth or dishcloth works well
  • Rubber band – the rubber band will be used to hold the cloth in place on top of our container. You can use any kind of substitute for the rubber band if you like.

Step 2: Add ingredients to a jar

First let’s take a clean jar and add our whipped cream, milk, and vinegar (or lemon juice).

Man pouring a small glass bowl of vinegar into a large jar of cream and milk.

Step 3: Cover and shake

Next, let’s cover the jar with a lid and shake it up a bit to make sure it is all incorporated. Don’t shake it up too much! We don’t want it turning into butter. haha

Step 4: Leave cream alone so it can sour

Now take the lid off and cover the top with a thin towel or a paper towel (kitchen towel). Use a rubber band or some string to keep it in place.

Next just let the jar sit out at room temperature for about 24 hours until it thickens up and the chemical reaction has done its thing.

Large jar with sour cream covered with a light brown dish towel attached with a rubber band.

Step 5: Stir, Pour, and Use that Homemade Sour Cream

After it has rested for about 24 hours, you will notice that the top is thick, and at the bottom, it will look watery, which is normal for that separation to occur. Just take a spoon and stir it all together.

Medium glass bowl with homemade sour cream sitting on a brown wooden table.

Then pour it into a bowl to be used, or keep it in the jar you used. Now your easy homemade sour cream is ready to go. Use this on baked potatoes, tacos, in baking, however, you would normally use sour cream. Enjoy!

*When covered it will last about a week in the fridge.

How to make sour cream with buttermilk

You may also make sour cream with buttermilk. Instead of using milk and lemon juice or vinegar, use 1/4 cup of buttermilk with your 1 cup of heavy cream.

Then just proceed with steps 3 through 5.

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How to make Sour Cream - Easy Homemade Sour Cream Recipe

Easy Homemade Sour Cream Recipe

Sour cream is one of those things that goes well in dips, baking and a variety of other recipes. Believe it or now there are some countries that don't have easy access to sour cream like we do here in the United States. This recipe for homemade sour cream is really easy to make. It will taste a bit different then the kind you buy at the store and it won't be quite as thick, but it is still pretty amazing! If I can do it, you can do it, let's get started!
Prep Time5 mins
Resting Time1 d
Total Time1 d 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, ingredient, sour cream
Servings: 2 Cups
Calories: 45kcal

Equipment

  • Jar (mason jar works great)
  • Thin towel or paper towel
  • Rubber band or twine
  • spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream (240 ml)
  • 1/4 cup of milk, whole milk preferably, or use buttermilk (60 ml)
  • 2 tsp. of white vinegar or lemon juice (don't use if using buttermilk) (10 ml)

Instructions

  • First let's take a clean jar and add our whipped cream, milk, and vinegar (or lemon juice).
  • Or if you are using buttermilk, just add the buttermilk and heavy whipping cream to the clean jar.
  • Next let's cover the jar with a lid and shake it up a bit to make sure it is all incorporated. Don't shake it up too much! We don't want it turning into butter. haha
  • Next we take the lid off and cover the top with a thin towel or a paper towel (kitchen towel). Use a rubber bad or some string to keep it in place. Now just let the jar sit out at room temperature for about 24 hours until it thickens up.
  • After it has rested for about 24 hours, you will notice that the top is thick, and at the bottom it will look watery, that is normal for that separation to occur. Just take a spoon and stir it all together. Then pour it into a bowl to be used, or keep it in the jar you used. Use this on baked potatoes, in baking, however you would normally use sour cream. Enjoy!
    ***When covered it will last about a week in the fridge.

Notes

list of nutritional facts for homemade sour cream

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30 Comments

  1. 3 stars
    Hi, I’ve made this several times but then this time, it somehow didn’t separate after 24hours. Does it mean it hasn’t fermented?

  2. 5 stars
    Oh wow! I never thought of making my own. This is genius and so easy!

  3. I have never even thought of making my own sour cream. I love this idea

  4. I’m totally using this recipe one day. Why buy sour cream when you can make it?

  5. 5 stars
    Wow, i did not realise it was this easy to make sour cream at home. Thanks for sharing the recipe

  6. 5 stars
    I never thought about making sour cream at home. This looks simple, will try it out.

  7. Hhhhmmm….that easy? It’s unfortunate that I am lactose-intolerant! I would have loved to try it out on my fish fingers, probably.

  8. Thanks for sharing this. I must give this a try. I love sour cream.

  9. I have never even thought of making sour cream, I really want to try πŸ™‚

  10. 5 stars
    I must say that I never thought about making my own sour cream. I’ve made butter and yogurt. I’ll have to try this.

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve made yogurt before, but I never knew making sour cream would be so easy!

  12. This looks so simple and easy! I can’t wait to make this!

  13. 5 stars
    I need to make sour cream more! It’s easy & better than store bought! I love sour cream on so many things, so time to stock up on ingredients!

  14. 5 stars
    This is so much better than the stuff I get at the store and the directions were super easy to follow. Thanks!

  15. 5 stars
    You’re right, we really do use sour cream for so many things. I think this would be fun to make with my boys this weekend.

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