DIY Crème Fraîche (+ One Simple Change)

DIY Crème Fraîche // 80twentyA friend recently asked if I could recommend any health-focussed books to her. Without hesitation, my answer was an emphatic One Simple Change. As someone who has waded through more health, medicine, and nutrition books than I can count, One Simple Change was BY FAR the most accessible, approachable, informative, and spot on, just great.I met the author, Winnie Abramson (a Naturopathic doctor and blogger extraordinaire), at a food bloggers retreat 2 years ago and was instantaneously drawn to her laid-back approach to health. Winnie and I, as you might imagine, connected over naturopathic medicine, our mutual interest in health, and of course, food. One of the things I really love about her perspective is that it’s rooted in abundance. While Winnie advocates taking a few things out of our lives or diet, she is more of a proponent for adding nourishing things in. Her book is a true reflection of that. One Simple Change inspires us to make one truly simple change a week with the idea that these small, intentional, but undemanding gestures will be easy to implement and maintain, leading to a measurable impact over time. If you follow Winnie’s approach, you will have made 50 changes over the course of a year (taking 2 weeks off whenever you feel the need). That’s a lot of change, right?

DIY Crème Fraîche // 80twentyDIY Crème Fraîche // 80twentyDon’t fret. The beauty of these changes is that they really are on the easier end of the spectrum of things a person could do. Each recommendation is followed by a 3-4 page synopsis advocating for that particular change–and in the day-to-day business of our lives, a soundbite of trusted and reliable information is exactly what I believe we need. For example, be choosy about chocolate, cook more, get a little sunshine, and swap out your salt are among Winnie’s weekly suggestions. Notice that she says “be choosy about chocolate” and “swap our your salt” as opposed to eliminate them entirely? (Mom and Dad, are you listening?) This is part of what makes it so easy.

In one soundbite, titled “Deal with the Dairy Dilemma”, Winnie shares her thoughts on why she thinks we should be eating dairy, and full-fat dairy at that–which (we all know) flies in the face of what conventional nutritionists would tell us. I also champion this advice. Of course you need to make your own decisions and trust what’s best for your body, but Winnie says, “there’s no reason to deprive yourself of dairy if you’re not allergic, intolerant, or sensitive to it and you enjoy it.” It’s really that simple.

If you are in the medical field (mainstream or holistic), this book will be a gem to you and a companion to your patients. If you’re an everyday person who just wants to make some small, but doable and significant changes to your health, don’t hesitate to buy this book now. We’re always looking for an “easy fix” and, truth be told, this might just be it.DIY Crème Fraîche // 80twenty

Are you wondering how to use the glorious Crème Fraîche? How about…

DIY Crème Fraîche (+ One Simple Change)
Author: Kris slightly adapted from [url href=”″ target=”_blank”]One Simple Change[/url]
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Serves: 8
According to Winnie, “True Crème Fraîche is a type of cultured cream that originated in France, where raw cream was allowed to ferment and thicken with the help of naturally occurring bacteria.” This DIY Crème Fraîche is a wonderful stand-in.
  • 1 cup 35% cream, , preferably organic
  • 1 tbsp cultured buttermilk or plain yogurt, preferably organic
  1. Pour the cream into a very clean glass jar and stir in the buttermilk.
  2. Cover with several layers of cheesecloth or a cotton napkin, and allow to sit at room temperature for 12 hours – 2-3 days. The warmer your kitchen is, the less time it will take for the cream to thicken. After the initial 12 hours, remove the lid and check every six hours for changes in the cream. You’re looking for it to thicken like sour cream.
  3. Serve over roasted vegetables, mixed into egg or pasta dishes, with any food where sour cream would be used as a topping, and in place of whipped cream over desserts. Winnie recommends using it in her Smoked Wild Salmon and Crème Fraîche Omlette (which can be found on page 83 of her book!).




  • Reply February 21, 2014


    LOVED Winnie’s book (which Laura gave me to me as a birthday gift- the best!) and creme fraiche is something I’ve been meaning to make for a while (it’s expensive to buy). Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • Reply February 27, 2014


      Michelle, It really is SO easy to make! Plus then you have leftover buttermilk for pancakes and salad dressings. 🙂

  • Reply February 22, 2014

    Kelly @ Kelly Bakes

    I love knowing both you & Winnie; because you never make me feel guilty about my life choices or get preachy about how to make healthier ones. That approach in itself works wonders to actually inspire people to form lasting, better habits! I love Winnie’s book and I’m so glad you shared this creme fraiche & great recipes to try it in! xo

    • Reply February 27, 2014


      I love hearing this, Kelly!! Making people feel guilty about their food/life choices is not something that works or is even helpful to people. I’m so glad to hear that you don’t feel that way about my approach. To be compared to Winnie in this way is an honour. 🙂

  • Reply February 26, 2014


    Thank you so much for this lovely review, Kris!

    • Reply February 27, 2014


      My pleasure. Truly.

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