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my heavy cream tastes sour- is it ok?

I just bought a carton of heavy cream today, (the expiration date is march 4)- but when I opened it, it smelled a bit strong, and tastes sour (the seal seemed fine). I was planning on using it to make a dulce de leche sauce, where I would be boiling the cream with sugar for 15 minutes. Do you think it's ok to use it? Thanks!

asked by charlotte au chocolat over 2 years ago
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added over 2 years ago

Heavy cream doesn't have an odor.. Toss it out & get another batch.


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added over 2 years ago

Soured cream won't necessarily hurt you, but it's not going to make a good dulce de leche. Perhaps it was not refrigerated for some period of time. I'm with Panfusine - toss it and get a new carton.

added over 2 years ago

Thanks Panfusine! I was in the midst of making a bday cake for my hubby- cheesecake with dulce de leche sauce- and seeing as there's just a little over an hour left to his big day (NY), I was sort of hoping it would be ok to use... Oh well... Will redo the sauce part tomorrow!

added over 2 years ago

Commercial heavy cream, the ultrapasteurized kind, is spoiled when it is sour-smelling. Toss it. But if the cream is local cream, pasteurized but not ultra-p, it is simply soured and would be perfect in baked goods that call for soured cream/milk.

added over 2 years ago

All you guys toss, but many stores will refund. Just ask.

added over 2 years ago

You should return it so the store can be aware of any problems in their supply chain-particularly since it was within its "use by" date.

added over 2 years ago

Thanks everyone! I will definitely bring it to the attention of the store.