Creme Fraiche… it sounds so fancy! Yet, it is the simplest food to make, which is very nice and welcome in the early days of GAPS intro. You need only two ingredients, which take just a moment to combine, then you leave it and forget about it for a whole day. That’s all!
Because we tolerate dairy well, we have had no problem using this from day one of GAPS intro (read more about our experience and why we’re doing GAPS here). We already loved sour cream, so to have a food that we enjoy available to us when our food isn’t always especially appetizing is a great treat! Plus, adding in some creme fraiche into my boys’ soup bowls makes them that much more likely to finish it off… and lick the bowl after!
Be sure to pair it with my recipe for Chicken Enchilada Soup– a flavorful reprieve from typical GAPS intro soups! (When I awoke this morning ravenously hungry, chicken enchilada soup with a dollop of creme fraiche tasted sublime.)
Do you need kefir grains? These are my favorite ones to use- they’re simple and effective and make perfect kefir every time. Just so we’re clear- this is dairy kefir, not water, which is not allowed on the GAPS intro diet.
- 1 pint raw or organic pasture-fed cream
- 1/4 cup homemade kefir
- Combine cream and kefir in a jar with an airtight lid.
- Secure lid and give it a vigorous shake to combine ingredients.
- Let sit for 24 hours, until thick and creamy.
Is it okay to just use low pasteurized grass fed milk on the GAPS diet?
Yes you can, so long as you’re fermenting it for 24 hrs.
Do you let this sit on the counter or in the fridge?
Wonderful! Thank you!!
Would the same amount of homemade yogurt work or do you think I’d need more than 1/4c? Thanks for all the wonderful info and recipes! And also for confirmation we can include raw dairy from the beginning if we already tolerate it well. I was a little confused on that part while reading the book.
Hi Amanda. I think you can use yogurt, but it may have slightly different results. You can use cultured dairy only.