This is very much like sour cream yet it is softer and has a little more tang. Use it to garnish anything from pies to soup. Try whipping it with a little bit of sugar for tangy whipped cream!
This is the same recipe I got from the chef where I work. You can also use sour cream instead of buttermilk if you don't have it on hand. - 05 Oct 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
For best results, instead of storing in the refrigerator, place on top of a counter. Place a piece of cheese cloth over the top of the bowl and secure it with a rubber band or piece of string. When you are ready to use, add a half teaspoon of sugar and blend with a spoon until the texture is consistent, as some liquid will usually accumulate in the bowl during the curing period. Buttermilk is usually the preferred culture, but sour cream works better, in my opinion. - 26 Jan 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This works just as well with half and half with less calories. - 26 Jan 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)