Sour cream is a fermented dairy product made when a culture is added to cream. It has a creamy texture and a slightly sour taste.
Sour cream can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes but it is most commonly associated with Tex-Mex food as a replacement for the Mexican ‘crema’. It is commonly served with nachos, tacos, burritos, and guacamole.
Sour Cream Uses
- Sour cream can be a great base for dips or salad dressing. Simply add some chopped herbs and seasonings. Sour cream with chives makes a great dip for crisps or chopped vegetables.
- Try adding sour cream to your cake batters! This won’t work in every recipe but sour cream goes really well in banana bread! It adds moisture while cooking, preventing it from going dry.
- It makes a quick and easy pasta sauce. Adding sour cream to a tomato sauce can add creaminess and balance out the sweetness of the tomatoes.
- Adding sour cream to mashed potatoes instead of butter is a slightly healthier alternative.
- However, our favourite use for sour cream is in scrambled eggs! It gives them a rich, ultra-creamy texture, once you try it once you’ll never go back!
Sour cream and Crème fraîche
These products are all very similar and in most cases can be used interchangeably.
Sour cream and Crème fraîche are basically the same, they both have a similar tangy flavour and a creamy texture. However, crème fraîchehas a much higher butterfat content of 45% compared to sour cream that only contains about 20% fat. This makes crème fraîche richer and creamier. However, they are still very similar and can be substituted for one another.
Sour Cream Nutritional Infomation
sour cream is a source of calcium and vitamin A. Per 100g of sour cream there’re about 198 calories of which most are made out of fats.
sour cream is completely safe to eat during pregnancy as it is made from pasteurised milk but it is always best to check the packaging. Sour cream is also naturally gluten-free.