How to Make Creme Fraiche and Recipes

Creme Fraiche
Celeste Longacre

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It’s incredibly easy to make crème fraiche, a cultured or fermented milk product that tastes a bit like sour cream but has more health benefits and is delicious in countless recipes.

What is Crème Fraiche?

Crème fraiche is a fermented milk item that provides us with many beneficial bacteria and lactic acid. This is delivered right to the digestive tract. These friendly bacteria help to keep pathogens at bay as well as aid in the fullest digestion possible of the foods that we eat. The vitamin B as well as vitamin C content of the milk is also increase by the fermentation.

Some research indicates that eating cultured dairy products on a regular basis lowers cholesterol and helps to protect against bone loss. Fermenting milk products even restores many of the enzymes destroyed during pasteurization including lactase. Lactase is the enzyme which helps us to digest lactose or milk sugar. For this reason, some folks who don’t tolerate milk well can digest crème fraiche just fine.

How to Make Crème Fraiche

It’s simple to make crème fraiche. You will probably have to buy the initial “dose,” but crème fraiche is generally available in most grocery stores. Once you have some in hand, buy some regular cream. Put the cream in a glass jar and stir in two tablespoons of crème fraiche.

Cover loosely with a lid and place on the kitchen counter for twenty-four hours. At the end of this time, you will have an entire jar of crème fraiche. Place in refrigerator.

I add crème fraiche to most of my soups and stews. And, in my opinion, a potato (mashed, baked or fried) is just a delivery system for butter and crème fraiche. Yum!

Crème Fraiche Recipes

Crème Fraiche Pancakes

Crème Fraiche-Blueberry Ice Cream

Savory Mushroom Crepes with Herbed Crème Fraiche

Rhubarb Soup with Wild Strawberry Beignets and White Pepper Crème Fraiche

Asparagus Soup with Tarragon and Lemon-Zest Crème Fraiche

How did your crème fraiche come out, and what’s your favorite recipe that you use it in? Tell us below!

~ By  Celeste Longacre

About This Blog

Celeste Longacre has been growing virtually all of her family’s vegetables for the entire year for over 30 years. She cans, she freezes, she dries, she ferments & she root cellars. She also has chickens. Celeste has also enjoyed a longtime relationship with The Old Farmer’s Almanac as their astrologer. Her new book, “Celeste’s Garden Delights,” is now available!

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Ingredients

Making Creme Fraiche is 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and 2 tablespoons of buttermilk. Stir and let stand for 16 hrs. then refrigerate. The consistency should be pourable.

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Hi Esther,

Sounds like another excellent way to make creme fraiche!

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You said to use regular cream. Which is best; whipping cream or heavy whipping cream?

Thanks

You can use either one, but

You can use either one, but we’d recommend whipping cream.

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