sour cream

by Bridget
(Pennsylvania, USA)

Does anyone know where I can find sour cream (perhaps in a grocery store) in Santa Cruz? Not the homemade kind either - I have been looking all over for sour cream (crema agria) and need it for recipes!

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Nov 01, 2011
Where to buy sour cream in Santa Cruz
by: BoliviaBella

Bridget, today I found sour cream! Actually, it's the same brand of sour cream that I used to see once in a while in Bolivia about 8-10 years ago, but then I never saw it again. It's called CASERTI and you'll find it in the refrigerated section next to the milks and yoghurts at the FIDALGA NORTE supermarket on Avenida Banzer and the 3rd Ring across the street from the Hipermaxi. Yay!!

Aug 06, 2010
how to make your own sour cream
by: BoliviaBella

Hi. There was a time when you could get "crema agria" at the Hipermaxi Norte. The product was brought from Argentina. But it was almost a solid. The flavour and consistency were not the least little bit like sour cream at all. I don't see them bringing that product any more. No loss. It was not sour cream and it sucked. That's when I began making my own.


Sour cream is just cream soured with buttermilk. It is very easy to make, although homemade versions are always just a little different than the industrially pasteurized versions. However, you can make sour cream on your own with just 3 ingredients and a little waiting time.


2 cups whipping cream. (Buy the crema de leche Pil that comes in a bag, not the canned one.)

3 tablespoons of buttermilk. (This you'll make yourself easily.)

1/2 lemon OR 1 tbsp. vinegar.


To make buttermilk, just squeeze the juice from one half lemon (or use 1 tablespoon of vinegar instead) into 1/2 cup of milk and let sit until it curdles and thickens. It'll get clumpy. About 10 minutes.

Blend the buttermilk until smooth.

Hand-whisk 3 tablespoons of your buttermilk into your 2 cups of whipping cream until smooth. (Don't blend cuz your whipping cream will fluff up.)

Boil a jar and pour your sour cream into the HOT jar.

Let it sit at room temperature until it thickens to the consistency you want. Depending on the temperature of the room this could be anywhere from a couple of hours to overnight.

You can store this in your fridge for about 2 weeks.

Aug 06, 2010
sour cream in santa cruz
by: Anonymous

You won't find it. I've lived here 15 years and have never once seen it. It's one of the things I sorely miss.

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