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Have you ever made crème fraîche? If not, you’re missing out! It is absolutely wonderful and it is so easy to make at home for a fraction of the cost of buying it. At my local health food store, an 8oz container of crème fraîche is $5.99. At some specialty food shops around town, it’s even more expensive!

However, I can buy a quart of high-quality cream (the best I can get since I can’t get raw) for $5.99. I use the Kolona SuperNatural brand of dairy products because they are grass-fed and VAT pasteurized. So, I can save myself $18 and get four times as much crème fraîche. What’s not to love?

What is Crème Fraîche?

Crème fraîche is soured cream that traditionally contains about 28% butterfat and has a pH around 4.5. It is less sour than sour cream. It’s not quite as thick as some sour creams and has a much higher fat content. In countries like France, Belgium, Romania, Lithuania, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands, it’s a traditional part of their diet. It has gained popularity and availability since the 1990s.

Historically, crème fraîche is believed to have originated in Normandy, where:

“the crème fraîche from a defined area around the town of Isigny-sur-Mer in the Calvados department of Normandy is highly regarded, and is the only cream to have AOC (‘Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée’) status, which was awarded in 1986.[4] However, it is now produced in many other parts of France, with large quantities coming from the major dairy regions of Brittany, Poitou-Charente, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne. In parts of North Wales Creme Fraiche is also known as Croghurt.”

Because of the high fat content, it’s perfect to use in heated dishes, because it won’t curdle. It is delicious in sweet and savory dishes alike. I use it just like I would sour cream. My favorite way to eat it is probably dolloped on fresh or frozen fruit for a quick and healthy dessert or snack. In the picture above, I have a dollop of it on frozen blueberries and peaches with just a few drops of vanilla creme stevia. YUMMMO! Crème fraîche is so easy to make that I know you won’t go back to store bought once you’ve tried it!

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