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How to Make Crème Fraiche

Two ingredients and resting time are all that's needed to cultivate your own rich delicious crème fraiche at home.


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup cultured buttermilk


  • Stir together the cream and buttermilk. Partially cover with plastic wrap or fully cover with a paper towel and secure with a string or rubber band.
  • Allow to sit on your counter for 24 hours. Check on it and stir, it should be beginning to thicken.
  • You can let it sit another 24 hours. Stir again. It should be much thicker. Refrigerate.
  • It will continue to culture and thicken in the fridge.


  •  Keeps for approximately one week in the refrigerator.
  • You can sweeten it by whisking in some powdered sugar as desired.
  • Delicious served cold or room temperature.
  • You can mix in herbs or other seasonings. For example, stir in chives to serve with potatoes or hot sauce and make a topping for tacos.