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What is Creme Fraiche?

By February 21, 2013

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With so many products filling the shelves, the dairy case can be a confusing place. Find out exactly what crème fraîche is and how to make crème fraîche at home. You'll also learn to use crème fraîche in recipes for everything from ice cream to creamy tomato soup to mac 'n' cheese.

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March 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm
(1) James Kiester says:

The text of your Crème Fraîche piece seems to be missing, not loading, or something. Until that’s fixed, crème fraîche is a soured cream, containing 28% butterfat, which delivers a less tart flavor than American style sour cream. Arguably its most classic use, and my favorite use, is as an accompaniment to caviar on toast points. The fatty creamy tartness provides balance to the salty little morsels. The higher fat content prevents it from curdling at higher temperatures, which makes it more useful than sour cream for finishing sauces and soups.

To make crème fraîche, combine 2 tablespoons of buttermilk with 1 pint of heavy cream in non-reactive container. Cover and allow to rest at room temperature until thickened to desired texture, about 12 hours. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

March 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm
(2) cheese says:

Thanks James! Great info.

March 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm
(3) James Kiester says:

It’s working now, good piece.

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