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How to thicken runny sour cream

Updated February 21, 2017

Sour cream can be used for cooking and baking or can be used alone as a topping for nachos, tacos, and a variety of other foods and snacks. Sour cream is also a base for many vegetable dips, making it a versatile ingredient in the cooking community. Sour cream can be frozen, but sometimes when it thaws, it becomes a bit runny. Thickening the sour cream can be done with a simple procedure.

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  1. Drain the sour cream in a strainer to remove as much loose water as possible.

  2. Pour the strained sour cream into a bowl, and stir with a spoon.

  3. Stir in flour a spoonful at a time until the sour cream reaches the consistency you desire. The flour will quickly thicken the sour cream without causing clumps. The taste of the sour cream will remain the same.

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Things You'll Need

  • Strainer
  • Flour
  • Bowl
  • Spoon

About the Author

Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.

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