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Creme Fraiche?

Stacys Dec 8, 2010 09:35 AM

Any idea where I could purchase it in DC?

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  1. JonParker RE: Stacys Dec 8, 2010 09:53 AM

    Wegman's has it. Dang, I think they have everything.

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      sweth RE: Stacys Dec 8, 2010 10:04 AM

      In DC proper, Whole Foods usually has it. You can also save a bundle by just making some yourself from things that any grocery would have: mix 1 c. heavy cream w/ 1 tbsp. buttermilk, and let it sit out at room temp for ~6 hours, until it's thick like sour cream; then refrigerate it overnight, and you've got creme fraiche.

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        justaddwater RE: Stacys Dec 8, 2010 10:14 AM

        Cowgirl Creamery has it, as does Balducci's.

        600 Franklin St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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          Stacys RE: justaddwater Dec 8, 2010 10:24 AM

          Thanks. I was thinking I could make it myself but when I googled it, all of the recipes said "do this if you absolutely have to but it will be nowhere as good as the real thing." And who wants that?

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            odkaty RE: Stacys Dec 8, 2010 11:02 AM

            You should experiment. I prefer the homemade with buttermilk (versus the sour cream or yogurt versions).

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              justaddwater RE: Stacys Dec 8, 2010 05:03 PM

              The Cowgirl stuff is "the real thing." I saw them scooping it out of a bucket into their store brand containers (unless I'm thinking about another place, which may be the case). The Balducci's creme is certainly very good, but it is prepackaged Vermont Butter and Cheese, which is a premium brand. I kind of like the idea of going the homemade route, if you do, make sure you sanitize the container and utensils using your dish machine's sanitizing cycle or boil (the container and utensils, not the dairy) for 20 minutes.

              Update! Looks like CC does make their own:


              600 Franklin St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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            yfunk3 RE: Stacys Dec 8, 2010 10:57 AM

            All Whole Foods, all Trader Joes, probably all Wegmans. Have even seen it in Giant, Safeway and Shoppers. It's a fairly common items nowadays, but sometimes it's very hidden. Took me a while to find out where Whole Foods keeps it (in the cheese section, with the cheese spreads and Boursin).

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              chowser RE: yfunk3 Dec 8, 2010 04:53 PM

              Just before Thanksgiving, Giant had a buy one get one sale on them.

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