making sour cream


Homemade sour cream, hmmmmmm.

And about as easy as leaving cream out on the bench, with a bit of buttermilk help.  SO good. 

Here's how. (Adapted from The Home Creamery.)



2 cups cream ('light' cream is recommended, but I use the same pouring cream for everything: butter, icecream, sour cream, cooking etc. Works beautifully.)

2 tblsp buttermilk


The buttermilk and cream both need to be at room temperature. 

If you make your own butter, you'll have the buttermilk left over at about the perfect temperature. 




Pour the cream into a jug or a bowl, stir the buttermilk through and leave it somewhere warm for 24 hours. 




After 24 hours, it will be the consistency of custard and when you stir it it will thicken up nicely. Refrigerate for at least another 24 hours before using, at which point it will be perfect, glossy, thick and delicious homemade sour cream. High five. 




Sour cream is most awesome because it has so many uses.

Put it on nachos, into cakes or muffins, dollop onto soup or use instead of mayonnaise.

Or, if you're us, pipe onto homemade mexican pizza with spicy mince and lentils and some salsa.






(With my apologies to your arteries.) 




12 Comments on “making sour cream

Charley(Secret Water)
June 7, 2011 at 7:39 am

Wow! Too easy! Does it take longer in winter when the ambient room temp is cooler? And in summer do you have to leave it out less, or is it not that specific?
I love it on baked spuds (preferably from an aga but I have to go home to Coornwall for that)

June 7, 2011 at 8:44 am

Ohmygoodness. Areyoukiddingme. I’m gushing, my apologies, that looks amazing. Wish I could pop over for a taste!

June 7, 2011 at 8:53 am

Thank you so much for the recipe:) I never knew you could make your own sour cream and it’s soo easy. I’ll be giving this a try. πŸ™‚

June 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

aaaagh… Despite my flu I am still drooling over the sour cream. And was insanely jealous of the butter the other day too.

Actually, mostly I was jealous of your ability to obtain fresh, great-looking cream in 2l bottles: here in Brisbane I haven’t found any like that… And since I’m addicted to ice-cream making I would love some: ship it to me???


Aussie Mum
June 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Sounds delicious – can we have the pizza recipe as well?

June 7, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Oh Yum!! Thankyou so much for this recipe, will def be adding it to our kitchen prep. πŸ™‚

June 8, 2011 at 10:18 am

Hi! Just found your delightful blog. I have that book at home, but am yet to try any recipes. This looks so delicious and lovely pics πŸ™‚

June 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Yes, I promise to blog it shortly. There is a pizza recipe already in the recipe index but I think I’ve improved the base since then… please stay tuned!

June 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm

aw, love, hope you’re feeling better! If I was still in Brisbane I’d be calling Barambah Organics (south side, Oxley) and seeing if they sell it by the 2L and where their nearest distribution is. Or go down there – that’s what I used to do! LOVED Barambah.

elisa rathje
June 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm

we made sour cream too! so easy and so delicious. we’re very blessed to have raw milk to make it with. have you tried making cream cheese? just as easy, just as delicious. gorgeous food x

June 8, 2011 at 11:19 pm

*slaps forhead* AGAIN! I wanna live in the country/not get home at 10pm 3 nights a week….wow, our lives are different now aren’t they? I was putting poles up at Woolloomooloo Bay (more brain strain than a sedoku) for the show tomorrow night and then putting on a Burlesque Show at Greater Union (in frikking Miranda) before the Girls Night Out (oh how I hate those words) screening of Bridesmaids AND being quite sick (with a sick kid too…I want MY mum!) crap! I wanna make sour cream! and butter! and pizza! Love you! Thanks for reminding me what’s important (not making stuff from scratch, eating!! just remembered I haven’t had dinner and the photo of the pizza reminded me. Thanks darling. LOVE YOUR WORK!!!
Ness xxx

June 9, 2011 at 10:37 am

πŸ™‚ thanks, after I wrote this i was thinking, I bet bambarah make something….

I didn’t know they were in oxley.. I will investigate! thanks!


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