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Creme Fraiche Starter Culture

Creme Fraiche Starter Culture

easy to use, pre-measured culture

"This starter is one of my all time favorites. It's so creamy and has great flavor!"
–Cheryl, Happy Cheese Maker

Regular price $6.95
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Add Creme Fraiche culture to light cream for a sweet and delicious cultured treat. There are many ways to enjoy Creme Fraiche including drizzling over fresh fruit or a warm bisque, added to a smoothy, used in cooking.

When drained slightly, it will become a thick and creamy Mascarpone. When draining it is fabulous on sweet bread or even stuffed into dates.



  • Lactose
  • (LLC) Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris
  • (LL) Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis
  • (LLD) Lactococcus lactis subsp. biovar diacetylactis
  • Microbial coagulant enzyme

Store in the freezer for up to 2 years

Each of the five packets will make 1 quart of creme fraiche

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Kosher Info
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Yes No Allergens Description Of Components
X Peanuts
X Tree Nuts
X Sesame
X Milk
X Eggs
X Fish
X Crustaceans
X Shellfish
X Soy
X Wheat
X Triticale
X Mustard
X Sulfites


  • Heat 1 quart of light cream or 1/2 & 1/2 to 86ºF
  • Add 1 packet of creme fraiche culture to cream, let rehydrate for 1-3 minutes
  • Stir cream for 1-2 minutes
  • Let set for 12 hours or until thickened (as in yogurt)
  • Store finished creme fraiche in a refrigerator for up to one week

Note: For a thicker texture ladle the curd gently into a butter muslin lined colander, hang and drain 6-12 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy.

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Creme Fraiche Starter Culture

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Marianna R.
United States United States

Relief !!!!

I live in an area that doesn’t have much in the adventurous for ingredients and this has been a life, time, and mental health saver!! Instead of running around to all the stores in the area, wasting time and getting frustrated and STILL not finding what I need, all I do is make my own!!!!! So much more satisfying too!!! Thank you for saving my sanity!!!

United States United States

So Tasty!

I use this culture for a fresh yogurt that keeps shrinking as I eat it. Amazing for it's designed purpose too but I love eating unfinished creme fraiche.

Natalie K.
United States United States

Amazing quality!

Creme fräiche is hard to find where I live and a bit expensive. I found this starter and will never buy store bought creme fräiche again. My first batch came out perfect. I useda jogurt maker from Lidl and it works perfectly for creme fräiche. I had it on my pumpkin soup and it is truly the crown to any dish.

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Heloisa R.
United States United States

Yields great cream cheese

I've been using the Creme Fraiche starter culture to make cream cheese at home. The way I do it is the following: - I use my Instant Pot, in the yogurt setting. - I like to begin in the evening, so it will be ready to drain in the next morning. - Place 1 qt of Half & Half inside the Instant Pot. - Turn on the Yogurt function for 9 hours. - When it has reached the temperature, drop the contents of the Creme Fraiche envelope, wait two minutes and mix very well for at least one minute. - Close the lid and let it sit for about 12 hours. It will stay warm past 9 hours because it's closed. - Turn off the pot after 12 hours, take a look at the cheese, test it with a plastic spoon, it should be thick, and you should be able to see the bottom of the pan when you make a straight movement with the spoon reaching the bottom. - Drain until desired consistency. I use two cheese cloths together, and place it in a strainer sitting on top of a bowl. - Do not let it dry entirely, or it will be very dry. - Move the cream cheese it to a container, add salt to taste, mix well, and ejoy.

United States United States

Smooth flavor

I love this starter! It produces a smooth and delicious creme fraiche and mascarpone. I've been making both with the same starter, following the directions on the packet. It is simple, easy, and turns out great!