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How to Make a Sour Cream Alternative

Sour cream is one of my favorite food additions. I spend a lot of time in the Philippines and to my dismay soon found out that you cannot buy sour cream already made here. I looked everywhere for this delicious creamy condiment and the only place I was able to find it was at Taco Bell. There are only five Taco Bells in the entire country and two of them are in Gateway Mall in Quezon City. This is a 30-45 minute trip for me so I am not going there just to have a Nacho dish with sour cream on it and they will not sell me the sour cream by itself in a large enough quantity to satisfy my craving.

So I decided I would start searching for a way to create this delicatessen myself. Where to start, well, sour "cream" so I decided to by a box of all-purpose cream at the local market. I was too scared to try to let it sour and the instructions I found on the internet were too vague. I remembered a recipe my mom gave me when I was young for pound cake that called for buttermilk. I don't like buttermilk so I never buy it but she told me to just mix a little vinegar with the milk and it would clabber and taste similar to buttermilk and was great for recipes. So I hoped and prayed this would work with my sour cream.

I put about ½ cup of cream in a jar I had and added two tablespoons of white vinegar to the mix. After putting the lid on the jar and giving it a quick shake I opened it and noticed it had gotten a bit thicker and was smelling more like sour cream! Eureka, it was pretty close to what I was looking for! I put the jar in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to let it cool and hopefully to thicken it up a bit more. After checking it with the finger dip test and adding a bit of salt, I discovered I had made a close imitation of sour cream.

That night I made quesadillas in our house and took out my sour cream. My Filipino family tasted it and fell in love. Now we make it at least once a week and I usually add a heaping teaspoon of salsa to the sour cream for a great quesadilla and/or tortilla chip dip. If we don't finish it, my in-laws are quick to ask for the rest and will quickly devour this delectable dish. I hope you too will love this quick imitation of sour cream that works great in recipes as well! We have used it for many things including a wonderful beef stroganoff.

Please Note: If using this with any non-pareve or non-dairy dish, the food is no longer kosher, as this is a dairy based product.