Microwave Sour Cream: Let’s Learn How To Do

Can you microwave sour cream?
Can you microwave sour cream?

Microwave Sour Cream is a good option to prevent the cream split too easily. Often, Sour Cream makes a perfect combination with soups, stroganoffs, sauces, and casseroles. Undoubtedly, the role of Sour cream as a condiment turns everything from dips to burritos and baked potatoes into delicious, better than usual. Well, that is the magic of Sour Cream!

So that, we thought of telling much about how to microwave Sour Cream. And I am so sure you will find it interesting as our previous review on Are tootsie rolls vegan and Can you freeze Jambalaya.

Can you microwave sour cream?

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Yes, you can. This doubt prevails because sour cream is typically a cold item.

Simply you can heat sour cream. But depending on the type of the sour cream, and the purpose of sour cream that you are going to use, may determine the varying degrees. 

Let us see why and also how to heat sour cream.

Why you need to Microwave Sour Cream?

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Simply sour cream is a topping. It is a thick, creamy white substance with a mildly tart, tangy flavor. To begin with microwaving sour cream, let me tell you two things. First you need to avoid your sour cream getting separated or curdled. Then you need to prevent chemicals leaching into it. This is when the need to heat sour cream appears. Sour cream is produced in a similar way that yoghurt is produced. Hence, fermentation of bacteria involves making sour cream. However, the bacterium in sour cream causes the heating process slightly complicated. Bacteria in sour cream will die during the process of microwaving.

Varieties of sour cream.

This is important to understand the type of you sour cream because microwaving needs to change according to each category of sour cream. They are,

  • Full-fat/ sour cream
  • Reduced-fat
  • Fat-free
  • Non-dairy vegan alternatives such as soy sour cream

However, the common features of all types include consistency, appearance, and taste similar to yogurt. The basic difference between each sour cream type is the different fat content, which determines the density. However, sour cream must contain 18 per cent of milk fat to call it as sour cream, as US Food and Drug Administration states. And also reduced-fat sour cream must contain 25 per cent less milk fat while the recommended per cent of milk fat in non-fat sour cream must not exceed 0.5 grams.

How to microwave sour cream?

The first precaution you need to take is not to microwave sour cream in its original container especially if it is a plastic container. In order to prevent chemicals releasing into the cream, make sure you use a microwave safe glass baking bowl, microwave safe plate or cup.  

The larger the amount of sour cream you are going to reheat at a time, the greater the chance you let it curdle and separate due to overheating. Therefore, as the saying goes ‘one step at a time’, try heating few tablespoons of sour cream at a time.

However, things may change according to your microwave type. Everyone’s machines are not the same. Therefore, you may experience slight changes accordingly. Some microwaves heat quicker than some others. Therefore, you can decide how long you let the sour cream in there.

For microwaves that averagely heat: Microwave sour cream half a minute for each tablespoon the first go around and stir it. Then start heat in 5 second increments.

For microwaves that heat quickly: if your microwave heats quicker than the suggested time, do heat sour cream for less time. For the first go round you can heat for 10 seconds.

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How to microwave different types of sour cream?

As I told you, sour cream has varieties. And these types and two batches from the same type vary in heating degrees. This is why an expert of microwaving also tend to have curled or separated sour cream. However, keep in mind that the non-fat varieties are not as good as full-fat varieties when you microwave them.

Anyways you can first try 10 seconds and then 5 seconds increment with non-fat varieties.

Properly reheated sour cream is safe you use. Once reheated it is normal have small white lumps and perhaps the creaminess you expect will not appear.

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Why heating sour cream is handy?

Sour cream is a popular topping that goes well with baked potatoes, dips, soups and frostings etc. Further, it is good with cakes and baked cookies too.  

Can you heat sour cream more than once?

 The safest and healthiest way to use sour cream is either to use fresh sour cream from the packaging or to reheat the previous sour cream. However, it is not good to reheat more than once due to bacteria contamination.

Do’s and Don’ts with microwaving sour cream.

Before microwaving sour crema, let it come to room temperature.

Do not use a plastic container to heat sour cream. Instead use a microwave safe bowl or plate.

Proceed the heating process with 5 second intervals.

The temperature level and suggested heating time vary from one type of sour cream to another, and different microwaves have different timing requirements.

Try to use full-fat sour cream varieties instead of non-fat varieties. Hence you can prevent sour cream getting curdled.

If you want to heat sour cream in large amounts, do it after diving it into smaller portions.

Is there any substitute for sour cream?

Not many. But Greek Yoghurt will do.


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