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Sour cream

What is sour cream? About the ingredient sour cream. Including 2,557 recipes with sour cream, nutrition data, and where to find it.


Sour cream  or  soured cream  is a dairy product rich in fats obtained by fermenting a regular cream by certain kinds of lactic acid bacteria. The bacterial culture, introduced either deliberately or naturally, sours and thickens the cream. Although sour cream is only mildly sour in taste, its name stems from the production of lactic acid by bacterial fermentation, a process referred to as "souring".


Sour cream, made out of cream, contains from 12 to 16 percent butterfat (about 14 grams per 4 ounce serving), and gets its characteristic tang from the lactic acid created by the bacteria. Commercially produced sour cream often contains additional thickening agents such asgelatin, rennin, guar and carrageen, as well as acids to artificially sour the product.

Light varieties

Light sour cream contains about 40 percent less butterfat than regular sour cream because it is made from a mixture of milkand cream rather than just cream.

Non-fat varieties

Non-fat sour cream is thickened with stabilizers and thickeners such as corn starch, gelatin, carrageenan, and guar gum, and contains no or trace amounts of butterfat.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (230g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 492Calories from Fat 433
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 48.2g 74%
Saturated Fat 30.0g 150%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 121mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 9.8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0.4
Protein 7.3g
Vitamin A 30% Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 27% Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Sour cream is usually found in the dairy section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Sour cream is a member of the Dairy and Egg Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much does sour cream weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 230
1 tbsp 12

In Chinese:酸奶油
British (UK) term: Sour cream
en français:crème aigre
en español:crema agria

Recipes using sour cream

There are 2451 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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