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Easy Homemade Sour Cream Recipe

Sour cream is one of those things that goes well in dips, baking and a variety of other recipes. Believe it or now there are some countries that don't have easy access to sour cream like we do here in the United States. This recipe for homemade sour cream is really easy to make. It will taste a bit different then the kind you buy at the store and it won't be quite as thick, but it is still pretty amazing! If I can do it, you can do it, let's get started!
Prep Time5 mins
Resting Time1 d
Total Time1 d 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, ingredient, sour cream
Servings: 2 Cups
Calories: 45kcal


  • Jar (mason jar works great)
  • Thin towel or paper towel
  • Rubber band or twine
  • spoon


  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream (240 ml)
  • 1/4 cup of milk, whole milk preferably, or use buttermilk (60 ml)
  • 2 tsp. of white vinegar or lemon juice (don't use if using buttermilk) (10 ml)


  • First let's take a clean jar and add our whipped cream, milk, and vinegar (or lemon juice).
  • Or if you are using buttermilk, just add the buttermilk and heavy whipping cream to the clean jar.
  • Next let's cover the jar with a lid and shake it up a bit to make sure it is all incorporated. Don't shake it up too much! We don't want it turning into butter. haha
  • Next we take the lid off and cover the top with a thin towel or a paper towel (kitchen towel). Use a rubber bad or some string to keep it in place. Now just let the jar sit out at room temperature for about 24 hours until it thickens up.
  • After it has rested for about 24 hours, you will notice that the top is thick, and at the bottom it will look watery, that is normal for that separation to occur. Just take a spoon and stir it all together. Then pour it into a bowl to be used, or keep it in the jar you used. Use this on baked potatoes, in baking, however you would normally use sour cream. Enjoy!
    ***When covered it will last about a week in the fridge.


list of nutritional facts for homemade sour cream