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How To Make Homemade Sour Cream (Easy & Fast)

How To Make Homemade Sour Cream (Easy & Fast)

Making homemade sour cream is actually quite simple to do.

It only takes a few ingredients and a mixer. 

There are plenty of reasons to make sour cream at home.

You could just want to be creative and make your own homemade sour cream without preservatives or you could be out and don’t want to go to the store. 

In this house, we are big fans of sour cream.

We add dollops of it to our baked potatoes, atop our chili and of course, we want it on tacos.

What goes in sour cream?

Homemade sour cream includes heavy cream, milk, vinegar, lemon juice, and a dash of salt.

The vinegar and lemon are what sours the milk and gives it that tangy taste. This reaction is similar to making homemade buttermilk.

How to make homemade sour cream

While there are several different methods for making sour cream at home, we prefer the fast method. Add ¾ cup of heavy cream, 3 Tablespoons of whole milk, ½ teaspoon of white vinegar, and ½ teaspoon of lemon juice to a mixing bowl. 

Blend with a mixer until soft peaks start to form. Stop the moment that you see the hint of those peaks.

Using a fork, blend in a dash of salt. Transfer the mixture to a container with a lid. Refrigerate your sour cream for at least an hour. 

Stir before serving!

How long will homemade sour cream last?

Homemade sour cream will last 5-7 days in the refrigerator. Remember that this is a preservative-free condiment so it won’t keep as long.

We recommend that you store in the back of the fridge where it is coldest.

Why is my homemade sour cream thin?

Homemade sour cream tends to be a bit thinner than store-bought sour cream because it doesn’t have any thickening agents. While it may be a bit runnier, it will be quite tasty. 

How To Make Homemade Sour Cream

How To Make Homemade Sour Cream

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This is a homemade sour cream recipe that only contains 4 ingredients that you likely have at home. 


  • ¾ c heavy cream
  • 3 T milk
  • ½ t white vinegar
  • ½ t lemon juice
  • pinch of salt


  1. Add all ingredients except the salt to a mixing bowl.
  2. Blend with a mixer until soft peaks start to form.
  3. Using a fork, blend in a dash of salt.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a container with a lid.
  5. Refrigerate your sour cream for at least an hour.
  6. Stir before serving!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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Emily Schuetz

Saturday 23rd of December 2023

Works like a charm!!! I ran out of sour cream but had a surplus of whipping cream. Recipe saved the day and in fact tastes better than store bought!! Thank you for sharing.

Andi Reis

Sunday 18th of February 2024

Hi, Emily! Glad we could help! -Andi

Miria wright

Monday 16th of October 2023

Don't waste your time. Followed recipe exactly but tasted exactly like whipped cream. I even added extra lemon juice.

Andi Reis

Tuesday 17th of October 2023

I'm so sorry to hear it didn't come out right for you. Did you let it rest in the fridge? We've had lots of good feedback so far. -- Andi


Wednesday 9th of August 2023

have made this 5x now...and itz perfect every time! and great on our Taco salad and mashed potatoes!!!!!

Andi Reis

Thursday 12th of October 2023

I'm so glad it's turning out so well for you, Patrick!! Enjoy!


Sunday 23rd of July 2023

Thank you for this recipe! I realized very last minute I needed sour cream and had none. I did use my vitamix for this and I think it took less than two minutes for it all to come together. So a high-powered blender would actually do the trick faster than a mixer. It turned out great!


Tuesday 13th of June 2023

Worked like a charm! Thanks!

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