If anyone has watched Food Network a time or two, you've probably seen someone exclaiming about how wonderful creme fraiche is. (pronounced 'crem fresh') However it is very hard to find in the local markets, at least in my neck of the woods. So I googled it and thought I'd try making homemade. Guess how you make it?
Take two cups of heavy whipping cream. Place in a jar, like a glass canning jar. Add two tablespoons of buttermilk, stir. Let sit in a warm place 12-24hrs. When thickened refrigerate. That is it! It is very silky smooth and mildly sour. We used it as a replacement for sour cream yesterday.
Someone may be thinking, is it really worth it if I have to buy heavy cream and buttermilk just to make some sour cream? Well, you can make your own buttermilk too!
Candy at Keeping the Home has instructions for making homemade buttermilk here.
Now you can make a 'gourmet' item in your own kitchen and not pay however much money that stuff would cost in a specialty store.