Sour Cream Yogurt Recipe with Yogurt Culture

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Making sour cream is really easy! This homemade sour cream yogurt recipe is so much more nutritious than commercial options. 

Sour cream yogurt recipe

Sour cream recipe with yogurt culture 

This is seriously one of the easiest nutrient dense foods out there. You can easily make this sour cream yogurt recipe at home, and it takes no time at all!

If you’re looking for a GAPS legal sour cream, this one fits the bill nicely. It is a nice, mild sour cream. For an even bigger probiotic punch and stronger flavor, check out my other blog post where I show how to make sour cream from raw milk using a kefir culture

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Making sour cream is really easy

If you have some cream and some live active yogurt on hand, you’re ready to make homemade sour cream. That’s all you need!

You literally just mix the two together and let it sit in a warm place to culture.

If you’re the “throw it together” type, you’re good to go. If you’re a person who likes specific directions and measurements, I’ll share exactly what I do, as well as some tips on getting it to turn out well. 

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How do you make sour cream with yogurt?

Here are some tips for how to make sour cream with yogurt culture:

  • Try to use raw cream if you can. This will be the highest quality nutrient, and will give the best results. If raw cream isn’t available, use small batch, low temperature pasteurized cream. Definitely try to avoid ultra pasteurized cream, and cream with additives, such as thickeners. 
  • Make sure that the yogurt you’re using has live, active cultures. Homemade yogurt is perfect. If you use commercial yogurt, try to get a plain one without additives, and check for “live active cultures” on the label. 
  • Try to find a warm place of about 108-112°F. A yogurt maker works best. This is the yogurt maker I use. If you don’t have a yogurt maker, you can try putting the cream in a dehydrator, in an oven with just light turned on, or another gently warm place. 

If you want to learn how to make homemade yogurt, check out my 24 hour raw milk yogurt recipe here

Sour Cream Yogurt Recipe Directions

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Stir yogurt culture into jar of cream.
  2. Top jar with a cloth or paper towel secured with a rubber band.
  3. Put jar in a warm place for around 24 hours. (Time will vary depending on temperature.)
  4. When cream is thickened, it’s ready to use. Sour cream with thicken more when chilled.
  5. Store in refrigerator. 

How is sour cream different from yogurt?

Sour cream is made from cream, while yogurt is made from milk. Both are cultured with beneficial bacteria, and both are delicious!

You’ll find yourself reaching for sour cream more as a topping for foods, since it is very rich. Yogurt is nice to eat in larger quantities. 

What are the benefits of eating sour cream?

In a nutrient dense diet, sour cream is a star player! Cream from pasture fed cows contains a lot of wonderful nutrients, including important fat soluble vitamins and conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA (source).

Including a healthy fat with your meals, like homemade sour cream, helps to keep blood sugar balanced (source). It’s no wonder that sour cream is delicious with carbohydrates, like baked potatoes! 

Read all about raw milk benefits here. Sour cream is one of the ingredients I like to add to my GAPS milkshakes, made with fresh juices. I explain how to do GAPS diet juicing here.

Raw milk sour cream

Is sour cream good for the gut?

Culturing raw, grass fed cream into sour cream makes an already wonderful food even better. Yogurt and kefir cultures are wonderful for providing lots of friendly probiotic bacteria. 

Regularly eating homemade probiotic foods is a wonderful way to maintain good gut health. Having homemade sour cream is a delicious way to do just that. 

For other fermented food recipes, check out my recipe for how to make kefir with raw milk, and my sauerkraut recipe

Does sour cream have probiotics? 

Homemade sour cream is rich in beneficial probiotics. Some commercial options have live probiotics as well, but not all. Be sure to check labels if you opt for a store bought sour cream. 

If you’re looking for another delicious probiotic topping or mix in, check out my lacto fermented zucchini relish recipe here.

Ways to use sour cream

Sour cream is a delicious topping for so many foods. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy homemade sour cream:

  • As a topping for Mexican dishes
  • On top of fruit desserts
  • Swirled into blended soups
  • As a topping for baked potatoes
  • Whipped into mashed potatoes
  • Blended into freshly pressed juices
  • As a filling or spread on top of homemade baked goods
  • As an ingredient for homemade dressing or dip, like this lemon garlic dill dressing 

Flavoring sour cream

You can also mix different ingredients into sour cream to fit whatever dish you’re serving. 

For Mexican food, try stirring in some lime juice or chili powder. If you’re making a dessert topping, mix in some honey or maple syrup. 

The options here are really endless. Get creative and see what you come up with!

How to make sour cream at home

More recipes for fermented foods

24 hour raw milk yogurt recipe

How to make kefir with raw milk

How to make sour cream from raw milk with kefir culture

Sauerkraut recipe

What’s your favorite way to eat sour cream?

Have you ever tried mixing anything into it to flavor it? Share your ideas in the comments!

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Yield: 2 cups

Sour Cream Yogurt Recipe with Yogurt Culture

Sour Cream Yogurt Recipe with Yogurt Culture

Making sour cream is really easy! This homemade sour cream yogurt recipe is so much more nutritious than commercial options. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pint cream
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt with live, active cultures

Instructions

  1. Stir yogurt culture into jar of cream.
  2. Top jar with a cloth or paper towel secured with a rubber band.
  3. Put jar in a warm place for around 24 hours. (Time will vary depending on temperature.)
  4. When cream is thickened, it's ready to use. Sour cream with thicken more when chilled.
  5. Store in refrigerator. 

 

 

 

 

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