How To Make Creme Fraiche

Dairy is not strict paleo but I find that I can tolerate high-quality dairy without any issue.  You will have to do your own self-experimentation.  Keep quantities in moderation and buy the highest quality dairy you can find.

I enjoy dairy because it adds that little bit of variety I need in my diet to help me stay on course.  I don’t recommend milk, I love pasture butter, and I like heavy whipping cream in moderation.  Keep in mind that you must avoid the factory farm milk, butter, and cream – the stuff is poison.

Look for lightly pasteurized cream; separated ‘cream at the top’ is even better.

I love sour cream but the stuff in the store is crap.  What to do? Make your own Creme Fraiche!

Creme Fraiche – Made popular by a special episode of South Park.

Most of you are familiar with sour cream and unaware of it’s better looking cousin: creme fraiche. Now is the perfect time to start making your own.

Creme fraiche is a ‘soured cream’ but is less sour than traditional sour cream.  It is also more heat stable and accepts other flavors better than traditional sour cream.  I always keep a batch in the fridge because its extremely easy to make and it lasts awhile.

The uses for this condiment are endless: desserts, chili’s, Mexican, sauces, and so much more.  Buy the highest quality ingredients possible and get a solid jar for storage such as a mason or a latch-locking jar.

Creme Fraiche Recipe


  • 1 Cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk


Step 1. Combine cream and buttermilk in glass container.

Step 2. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 12-24 hours until very thick.  Stir well before covering and keep in fridge.

Eating Mexican tonight? Try this simple Creme Fraiche recipe:


  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche
  • Lime or lemon juice
  • Herbs or spices (chili powder, pepper, paprika, etc)
  • Dash of olive oil

Enchilada sauce, or taco sauce, hot sauce, etc. (Try something with some color.  Thicknesses will vary so experiment here. My favorite is a homemade enchilada sauce but you could also use BBQ sauce, hot sauce, and just about anything else.)


Step 1. Mix ingredients together until consistent color. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper.

Step 2. Spoon into tacos or put into squeeze bottles (can add bit of water to thin) and drizzle over meal in beautifully presented streaks of bursting flavor.

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