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Creme Fraiche

jamesm Oct 5, 2007 07:39 AM

I've bought creme fraiche at Whole Foods before, but I'm wondering if there is anywhere in St. Lawrence market, or the vicinity where I could find it as well. Thanks in advance.

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    BDD888 Jun 30, 2012 02:34 PM

    I wonder if the Alex Farm brand is available at all Loblaws locations (or their Superstores). Never thought to look for it to use in my cooking but plan to start. Any ides where else one might find a good creme fraiche in the GTA? (e.g. Markham, Richmond Hill...etc.).

    1. Merriam Oct 6, 2007 01:05 PM

      Just bought some at St. Lawrence! It was at a fromagerie at the back of the actual market (open during the week), in front of the vegetable stalls. It's in the fridge in small 250ml tubs, imported from France.

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        TwinklyTerrapin Oct 5, 2007 09:09 AM

        I've bought creme fraiche at Loblaws, and it was lovely. Went over huge at a dinner party I brought creme fraiche , brown sugar and strawberries to.

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          millygirl Oct 6, 2007 10:22 AM

          Even Sun Valley on the Danforth carries it. Oh yeah, mixed berries drizzled with honey and creme fraiche on top - heaven!

        2. icey Oct 5, 2007 08:46 AM

          I haven't tried it yet, but my mom said that she had seen it at Highland Farms. Am going to try it hopefully this weekend or next.

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            embee Oct 5, 2007 08:39 AM

            Alex Farm has it, and it is usually available at the Queens Quay Loblaw's. The version at Alex Farm tastes better to me.

            You can also substitute the 30% butterfat version of Western sour cream, thinned with some whipping cream if necessary.

            1. Full tummy Oct 5, 2007 07:43 AM

              You can make a pretty good creme fraiche at home with whipping cream and buttermilk.


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                jamesm Oct 5, 2007 07:46 AM

                Thanks for the link -- I have made it before, and it turned out well. I'm just a little time-crunched right now and don't have time to let it thicken properly.

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                  foodie_expat Oct 5, 2007 07:59 AM

                  The Monforte diary folks are now making sheep's milk creme fraiche. I bought it last week and thought it was really good.

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                    jamesm Oct 5, 2007 08:10 AM

                    Cool..does the sheep's milk taste noticeably different than a cows milk creme fraiche?

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                      foodie_expat Oct 5, 2007 08:30 AM

                      It tasted less rich to me than the cow's milk Vermont Butter and Cheese stuff that I usually buy when I'm in Buffalo, and it was thinner. However, I'm not sure if that is the result of using sheep's milk or something to do with the culturing. I really liked it, though.

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                peppermint pate Oct 5, 2007 07:40 AM

                I'm guessing Alex Farms would sell it in the market but I don't know 100%.

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                  leslievillian Oct 5, 2007 08:08 AM

                  I bought some at the other Alex Farm (on the west side of the market) lasst week.

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