Healing Probiotic Cultured Cream

From the creators that brought you "yogurt"....... comes a new feature dish the whole family will enjoy.... "CULTURED CREAM!!!" Bum bum buuuuumm!!

That was really dumb. Sorry. Fermentating dairy really isn't as exciting as a movie intro. But I was trying to find a creative way to simply tell you that cultured (or sour) cream is made the same way yogurt is made. It just sounded so BORING!!

While the process itself is very simple and "not-exciting", the benefits of home-cultured dairy really are incredible.

There is lots all over the web and health world about why probiotic foods and choleterol-rich foods  are so important for you and so I won't go into detail here (but if you haven't read up on it yet, check out some of these resources, Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride's FAQ, Weston A Price on cholesterol, article on fermented foods). Long story short, the beneficial bacteria found in yogurt and sour cream after culturing is tremendously good for your gut and can help heal and balance your body.

While homemade yogurt is definitely good for you, I mostly use sour cream in my diet as a probiotic. This is because cream has a wonderful fatty acid profile and helps regulate my digestive system more so than yogurt does. It also pairs great with soups and casseroles, is perfect as an ice cream base, and can be added to nearly anything as a thickener.

If raw dairy is sold near you, you can buy a gallon of milk and the cream top is just the thicker "stuff" that has risen to the surface. Otherwise, if you are looking for cream top at your local grocery or health food store, "whipping cream" is the other name. Just make sure it is organic, grass-fed cream.

To learn how to make a batch of yogurt or cream for a starter, head over to my homemade yogurt post.

If you've got that all ready to go, just start below!

Or if you've already got some setting in the fridge, check out some of my favorite recipes using cultured cream at the bottom of the page!

GAPS sour cream cultured cream probiotic food homemade sour cream


Homemade Cultured Cream
Prep time20 minCook time: 24 hours minServings: 4 cups


1 quart organic, grass-fed cream
2 Tbsp yogurt or sour cream from "starter batch"


Heat 1 quart (4 cups) of raw cream top to 110° F (or if using store-bought cream, heat to 160° to kill lingering unnatural bacteria).
Remove from heat, cover, and let cool to 110 ° F.
Add 2-3 Tbsp of your starter culture and stir to incorporate
Pour into clean, sterile glass jars
Culture at 110° for 24 hours.
Remove from heat and place in refrigerator to set.


*If you don't have a dehydrator that you can set the temperature, you can use other methods to keep the yogurt at 110°. The temperature needs to be between 108-112° for proper fermentation. You can try using your oven with just the oven LIGHT turned on, wrapping a crockpot in a heating pad (it is TOO HOT if on low or warm), or even just keeping it outside if you live somewhere really hot in the summer;)

sour cream1. Heat 1 quart (4 cups) of cream to 110° F (or if using store-bought cream, heat to 160° to kill lingering unnatural bacteria). Cool to 110 ° F.

sour cream-22.Add 2-3 Tbsp of your starter culture and stir to incorporate

3. Pour into jars

sour cream-35. Culture at 110° F for 24 hours. Place in refrigerator to stop fermentation.

For varying amounts

Amount of cream
1 cup
1 quart
2 quarts
1 gallon
Amount of starter culture
2 tsp
2.5-3 Tbsp
1/3 c
2/3 c


http://www.culturesforhealth.com/     Starter cultures, instructions, tips, and troubleshooting

http://www.realmilk.com/     Resources for finding raw milk near you

http://www.gaps.me/preview/?page_id=30     Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's instructions for cultured dairy

http://ournourishingroots.com/real-food-101-how-to-make-yogurt/    Basics of why and how to make your own yogurt

http://www.lovingourguts.com/gaps-basics-how-to-make-gaps-yogurt/     In-depth blog article on home cultured dairy


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2 Responses to “Healing Probiotic Cultured Cream

  • What the heck is starter culture and where do you get it? I’m so confused with this homemade yogurt thing. Do you actually use store bought yogurt as a starter? Very confused.

    • Hi Kat! A yogurt culture can be bought online. It’s a little powder that you put in. It’s literally the little bacterial cultures! I personally use Cultures for Health and I love them (the link is in the blog post). You can either put that in your milk or you can put other yogurt that has the cultures in them. I have some videos on the GAPS diet videos page too that really help!

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