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How to Make Sour Cream With Yogurt

How To Make Sour Cream With YogurtDid you know that you can make your own sour cream?  I recently discovered that making sour cream is SO EASY!

All it takes is cream, and something to culture it with.  You can make sour cream using raw vinegar with the mother, milk kefir, yogurt, or even buttermilk!

You can also make it using a starter culture from Cultures for Health if you prefer.

It’s So Easy To Make Sour Cream!

All you have to do to make sour cream is stir in a 1-2 tablespoons of live yogurt into a cup of cream and let it sit in a warm place overnight!

Seriously.  That’s it.

If you use kefir or extra kefir grains or buttermilk instead of yogurt, you don’t even have to keep it warm.  It really is this easy.  I LOVE it!

Related: How To Make Easy Kefir Cheese

Sour Cream Making Tips

You’ll have the best results with pasteurized heavy whipping cream.  Raw cream has a lot of other bacteria so it doesn’t culture as well.

The super ultra pasteurized stuff doesn’t always set up correctly either.  For more troubleshooting, check out the detailed page from Cultures for Health.

Ways to Use Sour Cream

Of course there are about a billion ways to use sour cream, but my favorite is to melt cheese onto scrambled eggs and top with tomatoes and sour cream.

Related: Crustless Quiche Recipe

It also makes an awesome, creamy homemade ice cream.  Click here to get the instructions. 

Sour cream also makes a yummy dip for vegetables when you flavor it with your favorite herbs and spices.  Parsley, garlic and salt make a nice ranch-like dip.

You can also stir sour cream into casseroles and sauces to make a stroganoff.  Start with a nice broth base, and add it in after turning of the heat.

Related: How To Make Super Easy Rabbit Stock and Here’s How To Make Creamy Rabbit Gravy

What’s your favorite way to eat sour cream?

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Sunday 3rd of May 2020

Would this work with the buttermilk from making butter out of cream? Doing a dairy week for homeschool.


Monday 4th of May 2020

It would ferment, but it would not be sour cream, as the cream became butter.


Tuesday 6th of August 2019

What is Live Yogurt, Raw Vinegar, and Milk Kefir?


Monday 19th of August 2019

These are all foods that have beneficial probiotics in them. You need the live beneficial bacteria to culture the sour cream. Most yogurt that has live cultures will say something along those lines right on the label.

Milk kefir is less common in grocery stores. Here are some articles about it:

Here is an example of raw vinegar available in most grocery stores:

Jan V.

Sunday 31st of March 2019

All of this sounds soooo good but.... Has anyone tried using just plain yogurt in place of your sour cream? I like both but I like the yogurt best.


Wednesday 10th of April 2019

It should work just fine.


Tuesday 12th of February 2019

I was wondering if I could make sour cream by putting the acv into a cup of kefir. I can't do cow dairy and always have goat milk kefir on hand. Do u think that would come close?


Monday 18th of February 2019

The kefir is already cultured, so I doubt acv would make much of a difference. You could try straining your kefir to get a thicker cream-like consistency.


Wednesday 19th of December 2018

I feel like I have missed something!! There is more in this "article" about what to do with sour cream (does anyone NOT know what to do with sour cream?) than how to actually make it! Oh well...


Thursday 20th of December 2018

I'm sorry you feel like you didn't get the information you needed. Making sour cream with yogurt is super easy. You just stir some yogurt with live cultures into cream and let it sit. Do you have any specific questions about it?