Thick and tangy, sour cream is cream that’s been fermented with lactic acid cultures.
How to Choose Sour Cream
For the best taste, look for sour cream made only with cream and live cultures; many brands contain additional ingredients like stabilizers, gelatin, and vegetable enzymes. Since it starts out as heavy cream, sour cream is high in saturated fat. Low-fat versions made with half-and-half contain 40 percent less fat, making slathering it on that baked potato a little less of a guilty pleasure.
How to Store Sour Cream
Refrigerate sour cream tightly covered in its original container. Discard immediately if any signs of mold appear, regardless of the expiration date on the package.
How to Use Sour Cream
Sour cream can be used in place of mayonnaise in many dips, slaws, and spreads.
Real Simple Sour Cream Recipes:
- Mashed Sour Cream and Scallion Potatoes
- Yellow Cake With Strawberry Filling and Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting
- Sour-Cream Apple Crumb Pie
- Sour-Cream Banana Coffee Cake
- Pumpkin Doughnuts With Sour Cream Icing
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