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Sour cream about to expire.

I have an unopened 7% (light) sour cream that will expire tomorrow. I'm out of flour and a bit short of cash and am hoping someone can suggest a way I can use it. Thank you!

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  1. A light panna cotta? Cream based soup?

    I'd ignore the date myself. Most cultured dairy keeps and keeps so long as it stays clean.

    1. Tick ... Tick ... Tick ...

      Do you really believe your sour cream instantly spoils at 12:01am tomorrow?

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        that sour cream will probably be good for another month -- esp. since it is unopened!

        ps, keeping tip: once a container of cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt is opened, first close it tightly and flip the container lid side down to keep in the fridge.

      2. well, i wouldn't worry about having to use it up by tomorrow. i mean..it is already SOUR. LOL.

        that being snarkily said, i do have some suggestions

        1. pork paprikash! http://www.marthastewart.com/337238/p...

        2. knorr's spinach veggie dip made with extra green onions (including the tender greens) and extra water chestnuts.

        3. twice-baked potatoes with sour cream and chives http://www.marthastewart.com/312426/t... (oops, forgot you were out of flour).

        also, looky here for a lot of other ideas: http://www.kraftbrands.com/breakstone...

        you might also want to try my pound cake recipe. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6334...

        oh, forgot you had no flour. ;-(.

        1. There's no major rush required to use it. Ignore the date!

          I use sour cream most often in mashed potatoes, twice-baked potatoes, and beef stroganoff.

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          1. re: Njchicaa

            ahhhh, stroganoff -- love that, too! i love sour cream any which way, really.

            also, a loaded baked potato is so simple and satisfying, the tater being just a humble vehicle for the butter, sour cream, bacon and chives.

          2. Most likely that is a "sell buy" date not an expiration date.

            1. I keep unopened sour cream and yogurt weeks past the sell by date, though the lower the fat, the faster it goes bad. I would not worry if the sell by date is up at all.

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              1. re: mcf

                I'm with you. As to fat content, it is always the skim milk that goes bad not the whole milk...and the heavy cream seems to last forever.

              2. I saw George Carlin onstage in the 1980s and still remember his question, "if you leave sour cream on the counter does it go good?"

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                1. oh no. it might go sour.

                  1. I have a pasta sauce I make that uses sour cream. Begin with the usual carrot, celery, and onion soffrito. Add minced leftover meats...a pork chop or end of a roast, a chicken breast, a little round steak...whatever you have. Add a can of tomato sauce, a can of tomato paste, white wine, toasted ground fennel seed and nutmeg, plenty of black pepper, salt, and, near the end, sour cream to taste. The effect is somewhere between Bolognese and Stroganoff, not as noble as either but still awfully good on the pasta of your choice.