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Store-bought creme fraiche?

botanica Oct 1, 2010 08:09 AM

I've been seeing creme fraiche more and more in the store. I generally make my own using buttermilk and cream, but I'm curious about the store bought stuff. Is it any good? What does it taste like? Can you tell a difference between it and the stuff you'd make at home?

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    smtucker Oct 1, 2010 08:20 AM

    The stuff you are making at home is probably better, especially if you are using real buttermilk and not the cultured variety.

    1. bushwickgirl Oct 1, 2010 12:05 PM

      Depends on the brand. I've had quite good commercial creme fraiche, it's very similar in taste and tends to be slightly thicker than homemade, but I prefer to make my own, whether I can find real buttermilk (which I most often cannot) or just cultured. I'd stick with homemade.

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        Harters Oct 1, 2010 04:01 PM

        I don't think I've ever seen how to make creme fraiche at home. I've always used one of the supermarket products - usually their own label item but, occasionally, the Isigny-sur-Mer appelation product. Never directly tasted one against the other so don't know if there's any difference - except in price - the Isigny product is about 120% more expensive than the own label.

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