Homemade Crème Fraiche

Homemade Crème Fraiche

  • Prep: 13 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total: 18 min
  • Serving: Makes about 1 quart

Make this French version of sour cream with unpasteurized or lightly pasteurized cream.


  • 1 quart unpasteurized cream or half and half
  • 1 packet crème fraiche starter culture


  1. Place the cream in a stainless steel pot and gently heat to 86 degrees.
  2. Sprinkle in the crème fraiche starter culture, let sit for 1 minute and then stir to incorporate in an up and down motion.
  3. Pour the mixture into a glass jar with a lid and let rest for 13 hours or until mixture becomes thick.
  4. The crème Fraiche will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.


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