How to Make Crème Fraîche

 

Crème fraîche makes a delicious topping for soups, main dishes and even desserts. The decadent texture is rich, creamy, and very satisfying. Not only is making crème fraîche at home very easy, it allows you the option of choosing high-quality ingredients such as organic milk or cream if desired.


Method 1: Use a Crème Fraîche Starter Culture

Gently heat one quart light cream, half-and-half, or cream to 86°F. Add 1 packet of Crème Fraîche Starter Culture and mix gently but thoroughly, then let set in a warm spot (70° to 80°F) for 12 hours until it thickens to the consistency of yogurt. Place mixture in a tea towel or tight-weave cheesecloth such as butter muslin) for 6 to 12 hours. Chill prior to serving. The finished crème fraîche will generally keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Method 2: Use Yogurt or Buttermilk as a Starter Culture

Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of buttermilk or yogurt per cup of heavy whipping cream at room temperature, cover lightly, and allow to culture for 12 to 48 hours in a warm room (70° to 80°F). If a thicker consistency is desired, the crème fraîche can be strained through a tea towel or tight-weave cheesecloth such as butter muslin. When the process is complete, place the finished crème fraîche in the refrigerator to chill and halt the culturing process. It will generally keep for up to a week.

 

Method 3: Use Flora Danica or Mesophilic Aromatic Starter Culture

Use a direct-set aromatic cheese starter culture such as Flora Danica  or Mesophilic Aromatic Type B. If you are a cheesemaker and have either of those cultures around, they can be added to room-temperature cream and cultured for around 18 hours in a warm spot (70° to 80°F). Once the process is complete, place the finished crème fraîche in the refrigerator to chill. If a thicker consistency is desired, the crème fraîche can be strained through a tea towel or tight-weave cheesecloth such as butter muslin. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

 






                                                
   
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