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Buttermilk, Sour Cream, & Creme Fraiche

Buttermilk, Sour Cream, & Creme Fraiche You Make at Home

Real savings
Never buy buttermilk, sour cream or creme fraiche again, and take your cooking to the next level.
More live probiotics
Each culture has a different level of truly live and thriving cultures that's rich in flavor.
Delicious & homemade
Richer, tastier, and all-around better: there's nothing like homemade with these cultures.
The easiest cultures
Buttermilk, sour cream, and creme fraiche are super easy to make, and they culture on your counter.
Starter Cultures
  • Buttermilk Starter

    This heirloom culture makes batch after batch of traditional cultured buttermilk right on your countertop, easy as pouring milk in a jar. Bake with your buttermilk or add it to cream to make cultured butter.
    • Makes batch after batch of cultured buttermilk.
    • Heirloom culture: makes a quart of buttermilk weekly or daily.
    • Contains 2 packets of starter culture and instructions.

    Buttermilk Starter


    "Great Product"

    I'm so glad that I purchased this starter. Super easy directions that give a wonderful buttermilk!

    - Holly

    "Great buttermilk."

    I purchased this since I use so much buttermilk in cooking and smoothies. I started off strong, followed the instructions to the letter, and got a nice, thick, delicious batch every time. My house tends to run on the cooler side, and the ideal warm spot ended up being on top of my bedroom TV. Weird, but worked. I did let this die last month, but it's all my fault - I just never kept it going. This is a great culture, and I'm going to order another and stay on top of it.

    - Maryanne

    "Great to Make My Own Buttermilk!"

    I love the fact that I don't have to worry about strange and gross buttermilk from a store. :) I haven't made butter from the culture, but I have used it in several recipes with good results.

    - Chara

    "Great product!"

    I'm having a great time with my buttermilk - I've cultured it twice, and used it to soak rice and flour so far. My next goal is to make creme fraiche! I was really afraid it wouldn't culture since I got it in the beginning of December but wasn't able to start it until January, but I think it's working!

    - Vanessa

    "Great Investment!"

    It is worth the investment to get a buttermilk starter. It can last forever, and is a great way to add some probiotics to your diet!

    - Abigail

    "Great Buttermilk!"

    Purchased in December and have been making buttermilk weekly from one starter. It truly is a far superior product than store bought and without all the funky additives.

    - JP

  • Sour Cream Starter Culture

    Make delicious, fresh-tasting sour cream right on your countertop, easy as heating up cream. This direct-set culture works with any schedule (and it makes buttermilk, too!).
    • Makes up to 16 quarts of sour cream or buttermilk.
    • Make sour cream and buttermilk when you want it.
    • Contains 4 packets of starter culture and instructions.

    Sour Cream Starter Culture


    "I'm never buying sour cream from the store again!"

    This is the easiest thing in the world to make, and the results are delicious. I heat up the milk and cool it down, stir in the starter, and let it sit in a thermos insulator for 18 to 24 hours. Thick, rich, tasty sour cream for less than half what I pay for it in the store.

    - Ama

    "The buttermilk & Sour Cream Direct Set Starter Culture worked very good"

    We were highly satisfied with the taste of buttermilk made with your direct starter kit. Big Fans now. Will be re-ordering soon.

    - Krishnan

    "I love this starter!"

    Oh. My. Goodness. The buttermilk and sour cream made with this starter are absolutely delicious! We use raw milk, so it's even easier - just bring the milk to 77 degrees (it literally takes only 2-3 minutes), stir in the starter and that's it. I put it in a half gallon mason jar covered with cheesecloth, let it sit on the counter for the 16-18 hours, and when done pop put a lid on it and put it in the fridge. HIGHLY recommend!!

    - Trudi

    "Never buy store bought again!"

    The only thing that may make this even more delicious is raw milk. But, since it is illegal to sell raw milk in Virginia, and we can't have cows or goats, I have to use organic store milk. That doesn't make the sour cream any less glorious! Once you taste home fermented, you'll never go back. AND, if you take care of your sour cream, you can keep it going .

    - Honeytiger

    "Awesome sour cream!"

    This made the BEST sour cream I've ever had. I thought the stuff from the store was good until we made this!!! So creamy and tangy :) Super easy to make too, we will never buy it from the store again.

    - running duck

    "Excellent buttermilk"

    I made buttermilk beginning with very fresh raw whole milk. After following the instructions thoroughly I had the best tasting buttermilk ever. I was able to enjoy a small glass by itself and made excellent waffles with it too.

    - Freebron

  • Crème Fraiche Starter Culture

    Making truly rich and mild crème fraîche at home is as easy as heating up cream or half-and-half. This direct-set culture is one of our easiest and cultures on your countertop.
    • Makes 4 quarts of crème fraîche.
    • Make crème fraîche when you want it.
    • Contains 4 packets of starter culture and instructions.

    Crème Fraiche Starter Culture



    This culture makes delicious creme fraiche. I used organic half and half that I warmed on the stove. Very worth it. It also lasts longer than 10 days in the refrigerator.

    - Buffy

    "Very mild sourness and somewhat thick. It is delicious and I love that I am taking in probiotics!"

    I just used my last packet and am going to order another set. When it gets to the correct temperature (it doesn't take long) I sprinkle the contents of the little foil package on top, give it a quick stir and leave it in the kitchen overnight and next morning its ready. It goes well with borscht and over scones instead of butter and with a little jam. Love it!

    - Mpearl

    "Love this product"

    I have used and loved this product for years -- whole family loves it!

    - Debra

    "Best Creme Fraiche I've ever tasted"

    This culture worked beautifully--I used raw Jersey cream to make it, and it set up thick and silky. A light, mildly tangy flavor, just enough to thrill the tongue without being sharply sour. I have used it to dollop on hot soups and chili and as a dessert topping for fresh, warm, homemade applesauce. Really, it's so luscious I could eat it on almost anything! It lasts a long time in the refrigerator. Wish it would re-culture from the Creme Fraiche, but I will order more packets of culture just to have on hand.

    - Maria

    "Excellent results, nicely thick consistency"

    This turned out thicker than expected, which was neat. It firmed up quite a bit in the fridge. I used raw cream and some half and half, and this made a beautiful, smooth, light yellow (because of our milk quality), cream. It was less sour than I expected, but I'd never had creme fraiche before. We had this as a dessert cream, sweetened a bit and with vanilla and lemon zest added, served over frozen raspberries. Fantastic!

    - Kim

    "Excellent creme fraiche"

    I have made creme fraiche with a few other cultures and this is by far the best. It thickens relatively quickly and is the least "sour" tasting - it tastes almost buttery. Its better than what I can get already made in the store. I put it in the oven with the light bulb on to thicken it and that works great.

    - LeGriz

Equipment & Accessories
  • Pocket Test Thermometer

    Perfect for making cheese, yogurt or checking the temperature of your sourdough bread or grassfed meats.
    • Use it for: making cheese, yogurt, checking the temperature of sourdough bread, and more.

    Pocket Test Thermometer


    "Basic it is"

    There is nothing fancy, just a "Basic Thermometer." If you don't need accuracy or long reach it will do a fine job.

    - Chugchug


    The thermometer works but disagrees with my other thermometers. I have two others that show to add starter at a lower temperature. I don't know which is most accurate. Also, the round top dial is very small and hard to read. Response from CFH: Thermometers can be calibrated. Please contact Customer Support for advice or for replacements for defective products.

    - krayola

    "Easier than what I was using."

    When I decided to make my own yogurt, I was using a candy thermometer -- something I already had. This is much easier to position and read.

    - BuckIrose


    I ordered the basic thermometer, but it turned out to be a mini thermometer. Very tiny and dials are hard to read! Response from CFH: The details section note this thermometer has a 1-inch dial display and is 5 inches long.

    - MAY

  • Plastic Lids for Regular-Mouth Jars

    These 8 Ball brand BPA-free plastic lids fit most standard regular-mouth canning jars. They're dishwasher safe, watertight, and airtight.
    • Use it for: a rust-free way to cap regular-mouth jars.

    Plastic Lids for Regular-Mouth Jars


    "Best Mason Lids Ever"

    Have used my set of these for years and love them. They are by far the best lids for Mason jars that I've ever found - and I have done my research on the subject! They are very well made; thick & sturdy not flims, fit jars perfectly, and are extremely durable. They even manage to be almost totally stain-proof. I've ruined 1 out of 40 in about a decade of use on my set! When tightened fully they seal perfectly and don't leak at all. The only thing they can't do is hold tight when a jar is filled with boiling hot liquid and jiggled. In that case they will loosen & dribble. Other than that they go above & beyond meeting all my very high demands.

    - Jshan

    "Plastic Lids for Regular-Mouth Jars"

    Love these lids. So I bought more to gift to my mother.

    - Lily


    the lids seem good and sturdy. Oly thing I haven't used them yet, because deceivingly from the picture on int. they were too large even for my big ball jars. big jars but narrower top I guess. I must order more Thank you.

    - lin

    "I love these lids!!!"

    I've been using Mason and Ball jars for food storage for years. These plastic lids come in two sizes and are a wonderful fit for all my jars. The smaller ones fit spaghetti sauce jars too. They wash easily and don't rust, like the metal lids. I don't think these lids are meant to be used for canning, but they work great for food storage.

    - becky

    "Love these lids"

    All my metal lids rust, so glad I found these plastic lids, I love them!!

    - Blue Papaya Girl

    "Glad I purchased this"

    I purchased a dozen canning jars to hold my juice. Since I only use one or two at a time, I found the two piece lids that came with them tedious. I know in time they rust and was looking for a non-rusting replacement. These lids work wonderfully well.

    - Joy

  • Plastic Lids for Wide-Mouth Jars

    These 8 Ball brand BPA-free plastic lids fit most standard wide-mouth canning jars. They're dishwasher safe, watertight, and airtight.
    • Use it for: a rust-free way to cap wide-mouth jars.

    Plastic Lids for Wide-Mouth Jars


    "Great for culturing soy kefir"

    These lids are very sturdy and wash up well. I really like these lids for culturing soy kefir.

    - Clarence

    "Plastic Lids for Wide-Mouth Jars"

    Love these lids I use them when covering my kefir and placing them in refrigerator to give them a rest. Purchased a set to give to loved one. WHO loves them also.

    - Lily

    "Who wouldn't love these?"

    I don't know what I did before these came along! I use them all the time.

    - Janet

    "Love these lids!!"

    I can and ferment a lot, so I always have canning jars to use. However, I don't like using the metal lids and rings for fermentables. These lids give me the perfect solution! They fit all of my wide mouth canning jars. Hubs even made airlock lids by drilling a hole and fitting a gasket in a few of the lids. ;-)

    - Honeytiger3m

    "Love these lids"

    These lids are WONDERFUL! I use them for everything I put in a wide mouth canning jar. They clean easily, don't hold odors, don't stain, go on and off easily and lots of other things. The cost is very reasonable compared to other sites and shipping was quick.

    - Debbie

    "Love these lids"

    I now have 5 sets of pint and 5 sets of wide-mouth lids and I use them for all kinds of things. I use jars to store spices and lots of other things so these lids make it easy to ise them. The price at Cultures for Health is the best I have found any place and shipping is quick. Thanks for providing such a great product for a good value.

    - Guest

  • Waterproof Digital Thermometer

    Easy to read digital display; perfect for making cheese, yogurt or checking the temperature of your sourdough bread or grassfed meats.
    • Use it for: making cheese, yogurt, checking the temperature of sourdough bread, and more.

    Waterproof Digital Thermometer


    "much needed this"

    New at baking bread. I now realize we pulled out many loaves not quite done. The taping and getting a hollow sound did not always work for me. This little thermometer does the trick. Now I am prretty good at guessing when the bread is done. This gadget lets me know exactly when done.

    - Gert24

    "Easy to read"

    Really glad I purchased this item

    - Evelyn

    "Reliable and easy to read"

    I use it for making yogurt, and feta cheese. I use it to be sure my hand feeding formula is the right temperature for baby parrots. Easy to read and very reliable.

    - Julia

    "waterproof digital thermometer"

    works fast and easy to read

    - Mike

    "Good quality"

    I ordered this thermometer because I had a coupon. This is my first digital thermometer. I like it because it is waterproof. I use it to make yogurt and kefir. In the past, I have bought Taylor brand standard thermometers and found them to be good quality. I'm expecting this one to hold up well also.

    - Sarah

    "Very good quality"

    My sister gave me this thermometer, which she had originally purchased for culinary school, about 3 or 4 years ago. It gets regular use and has stood up to quite a bit of abuse. Very reliable and quick to indicate temperature changes. I have used it for everything from roast chicken, to Swiss meringue, to yogurt making. Should mine ever brake (and it shows no signs of doing so anytime soon) I would not hesitate to buy the same model again. Highly recommended.

    - MP

  • Wood Handle Dough Scraper

    Easily scrape bread dough from your work surface during kneading or clean up.
    • Use it for: kneading bread dough, scooping veggies, and more.

    Wood Handle Dough Scraper


    "Works like a charm!"

    I have sourdough bread and mini pizzas that you make on a frying pan, all using this scraper to keep things less messy? What's there to say? This works as advertized!

    - Johnnyman


    a bit pricey, but that being said, I love using it.

    - Anna

  • Cotton Bag for Making Cheese

    Just pour cheese curds, yogurt, or anything else you want to strain into this bag and hang it from a cupboard to drain. 12" x 12".
    • Use it for: straining whey from yogurt, kefir, and cheese.

    Cotton Bag for Making Cheese



    At first I thought the bag was to small but I fit my homemade cream cheese made with 1 gallon of milk perfectly!! It's very thick and didn't leak!! I.thought the ties would break when I hung it up for draining but that didn't happen. Very good product!!!

    - Valerie


    I use this for making my kefir whey, and cream cheese. It's the perfect size. I can put a half gallon...or less...into the bag and hang it over a glass bowl to drain. It's clean and easy. You boil it before and then rinse it and boil it to clean it when you are finished. Then hang dry and store! Just what I needed~!

    - Lori

    "Necessary to filter kefir whey from curd..."

    Excellent use, perfect fit for the bag i bought from this web, and good thing I bought it. I didn't know this was necessary.

    - SY

    "A must have need to make cheese"

    Not good by itself. Must use in combination with the Butter Muslin for perfection. Very Strong and good filtration. No sign of weakness yet.

    - SY

    "Excellent for making whey"

    Excellent for making whey from Kefir

    - Dennis

    "great idea and great price"

    love it! worked great

    - Nanny

  • Greek Yogurt Maker (Strainer)

    This unique strainer kit which is BPA Free transforms up to 2 quarts of ordinary homemade yogurt or store bought yogurt into thick, creamy Greek yogurt in a matter of hours – all inside your refrigerator.
    • Use it for: straining whey from yogurt, kefir, and cheese.

    Greek Yogurt Maker (Strainer)


    "For the very best thick Greek yogurt!"

    I love this strainer. It holds up to half a gallon of yogurt at a time, comes with its own lid. We make yogurt weekly using fresh milk from our cow share program. We follow the basic recipe, including heating the milk up to 182 degrees, then letting the temp fall to about 110 degrees before adding culture. When the yogurt is done, we refrigerate it, usually overnight, then put all of it into the Greek Yogurt Maker. We have drained yogurt anywhere from 3 to 24 hours. At 24 hours it is like a thick cream, better than ice cream. We usually eat it with a little maple syrup and/or some fruit or fruit jam. Best thing is, we are both lactose intolerant, but the drained off whey contains most of the remaining lactose, so we can eat yogurt without GI issues. Love this kitchen tool!

    - Michele

    "Great Product"

    This is simple to use and works exactly as it is supposed to. I had fantastic results the first use, thick & creamy greek yogurt, couldn't be more happy with it. Also use the left over whey it neatly collects to make bread, love this product!

    - Cara


    I've made goat yogurt for many years. It was always great but had the tendency to be more liquid than I liked. I've had this yogurt maker for almost 2 weeks. I can't begin to tell you the great, smooth, silky, & thick the consistency is now. It is so rich that we are eating it quicker than I can replenish the container. I use my Yogourmet to process the milk with the culture. I then refrigerate for 24 hrs. I pour the cold yogurt into the Greek Yogurt Maker & the next day have the best yogurt I have ever eaten. Thanks so much for this awesome product.

    - Guajome

    "Easy to use and clean"

    I have been using this strainer for our weekly batches of homemade yogurt. Twelve hours in the strainer and the yogurt is wonderfully thick. Bonus: it is so easy to clean!

    - beckmom

    "How did I live without this?"

    This is one of my favorite kitchen "gadgets." My husband and I both love the thick yogurt and with so little mess.

    - Sherri

    "Very effective!"

    We use it all the time, absolutely love it. Now my husband eats tons of creamy homemade yogurt with only good stuff in it! It works very quickly too.

    - Jen

  • Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker

    Perfect for rising bread dough, making yogurt, melting chocolate and so much more!
    • Use it for: proving bread, making yogurt, incubating tempeh, and much more.

    Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker


    "Like this!"

    I bought this about 2 yrs ago for culturing my yogurt. I can put any size cup, bowl or other container in it ti do the yogurt. It keeps the temp constant and my yogurt has always turned out well after using this proofer. I have also used it for thawing meats when I have forgotten to plan ahead. Two or 3 hours will thaw a pound of gr beef so dinner won't be late. When i am not using it I can fold it up and store it in a small slot. Very convient feature that I also like. I would buy it again and if I get to the point of being able to make bread again my proofer will be ready.  

    - jj


    I have been using this product for a few years. It allows me to culture my yogurt batches easily with no guessing. I love it and recommend it to anyone who is serious about their yogurt.

    - Pat

    "Great item"

    This little oven is perfect for making vegan dishes. Kefer loves begin made in it. I like then fact that i can cook at such low temperatures. That means I am getting as much nutritional benifit as posible.

    - LadyBug


    I'm impressed when my sourdough grew big after used this proofer. My house is in 62 degrees not doing well when I do this. IT IS AWESOME!

    - laurij99

    "Quick and easy."

    Just finished my first tempeh batch.No problems. Followed instructions and it turned out great. Can't wait to get back to baking bread.

    - Stark

    "Very Happy!"

    I bought this to make yogurt. It is well-constructed and works well. Excellent product!

    - Mark

  • Stick-On Thermometer Strip

    A hassle-free way to keep an eye on the temperature of your ferments.
    • Use it for: checking culturing temperatures of your ferments.

    Stick-On Thermometer Strip


    "Awesome Little Helper!"

    My house is not very well climate controlled since it is over 100 years old and not modernized! This stick on thermometer allows me to monitor my fermenting foods at a glance. The price is right too! I will be ordering more.

    - Dianna

    "Convenient, accurate & CAN be reused"

    This little thermometer is accurate (also put a "regular" thermometer next to the glass jar just to test it) and can be reused if you use a removeable clear tape on the top and bottom of the tape (leave the self stick backing on). I found it very helpful and it didn't keep falling over like the test thermometer.

    - Carol

    "great product"

    These work great for my kombucha and water kefir!

    - ela

    "Very handy! "

    Perfect little helper and easy for my seven year-old to use when he helps make batches of our "soda." Unfortunately, I lost my first one and had to replace it, but fortunately it's very inexpensive. Very handy!

    - Rebecca


    A tad small to read but not bad at all.

    - Malicek


    Good product works well on jar

    - scott

  • Tough Tops Mason Jar Lids - WIDE MOUTH - 4 Pack

    Airtight, spillproof, and dishwasher safe, this set of 4 Tough Tops fit most standard wide-mouth canning jars. The silicone gasket and easy-grip design make these a versatile tool in the cultured kitchen.
    • Use it for: an airtight, spillproof way to cap wide-mouth jars.

    Tough Tops Mason Jar Lids - WIDE MOUTH - 4 Pack


    "Makes my life easier"

    I'm just starting to ferment but also use glass jars for storage. Wide mouth jars are my favorite for storage. Tough Tops Mason Jar Lids fit on Bell and Mason. So handy. Am ordering more.

    - Deber

    "Tough top mason jar tops"

    Exactly what I wanted and each top comes with reusable plastic seal

    - Laurie

    "These lids are great"

    I'm using these for gifts of barbeque rubs. Love the silicone ring to keep things fresh. I'm definitely going to purchase more.

    - NancyS

    "Just what I’ve been looking for"

    These lid fit my Kerr wide mouth jars perfectly. I love that they are dishwasher safe.

    - Agavegal

  • Timber Tops - Bamboo Mason Jar Lids - 3 Pack

    Airtight, spillproof, and dishwasher safe, this set of 3 Timber Tops fits most standard wide-mouth canning jars. Made from fast-growing, renewable bamboo with a silicone gasket, these lids are a durable, eco-friendly option.
    • Use it for: an eco-friendly, durable way to cap mason jars.

    Starting at: $18.95

    Timber Tops - Bamboo Mason Jar Lids - 3 Pack


    "This product does not work at all."

    I bought these lids hoping to have a non metal lid for my kombucha. However, they do not work. They will not screw onto my standard wide mouth jars. I have not been able to find any wide mouth jar that they will work with. Very sad because you cannot return product to this store if it has already been removed from it's original packaging and these are expensive lids. Response from CFH: We are sorry to hear you are having trouble! We have tested these lids on both wide mouth and regular mouth mason jars in our warehouse, and found that even though "clunky" and hard to line up, they do screw on to fit nicely.

    - tea

  • The Home Creamery

    Make Your Own Fresh Dairy Products; Easy Recipes for Butter, Yogurt, Sour Cream, Creme Fraiche, Cream Cheese, Ricotta, and More!

    The Home Creamery


    "Great book!"

    I purchased this book with my first order, and LOVE it! Lots of great tips and I look forward to branching into making cheeses and trying the recipes.

    - Karen

    "Good Info"

    I purchased this book more as an add-on to my library of reference materials than to use "out-of-the-box". Easy to understand and organized well. Will come in handy when the "time" comes.... I recommend this book.

    - RRL