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DIY Sour Cream

If you're in the mood for something sweet and sour, making a DIY sour cream is a great, tasty way to enjoy a simple yet delicious treat.
Prep Time5 minutes
Resting Time12 hours
Total Time12 hours 5 minutes
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 816kcal
Author: Elle John


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice or any acidic ingredient of choice ( such as white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • To start off this easy process, mix the heavy cream with your chosen acidic ingredient until the mixture thickens slightly.
  • Then add the salt and stir again until it's fully combined.
  • After that, you can choose whether to enjoy your sour cream right away or let it sit overnight in the fridge to ferment and thicken - both options provide a great result!
  • With just a few ingredients and minimal effort, now you have an unforgettable sweet-tart treat for any occasion!


  • The longer it sits, the more intense its tangy flavor becomes — giving your final dish that extra burst of flavor! Enjoy your homemade sour cream in tacos, salads, or any of your favorite recipes!
  • Store the homemade sour cream in an airtight container.
  • To make vegan sour cream, replace heavy cream with full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream, additionally, you can also try a combination of non-dairy milk either with melted vegan butter or a few tablespoons of cornstarch.


Calories: 816kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 86g | Saturated Fat: 55g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 269mg | Sodium: 646mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3500IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 0.3mg