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Rescuing overly thickened creme fraiche

I made crime fraiche and apparently left it out too long (almost 18hrs at 69 deg. F), and now it is super thick/stiff in the fridge. (I used 2 cups of grassfed local cream and whole fat buttermilk- 2T, did not heat them up first). Is the best solution to whisk in more heavy cream? It's significantly thicker than yogurt- is just softer than whipped butter. It tastest appropriately tangy, has a good color. Thanks for any advice!

asked by Loves2cook almost 2 years ago

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added almost 2 years ago

*creme fraiche and **tastes

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added almost 2 years ago

I agree with you that the best option is to whisk in a bit more heavy cream, keeping in mind that it should loosen up a bit after allowing it to come to room temperature (and that the cream might reduce the tang a bit). What are you using it for? Is there any chance it'll be okay if you don't try to revive the texture?

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added almost 2 years ago

Thanks so much! It's for a roasted carrot salad (http://cooking.nytimes...), and upon rereading the recipe, I will be thinning it with lemon juice and water, too.

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