24 Hour GAPS Diet Sour Cream

I was recently asked by a reader what 24 Hour GAPS Diet Sour Cream was and how to find out more information, and I realized that it would be a very helpful addition to the Honest Body recipe section. So, over the next few weeks, we are going to be adding some very basic GAPS recipes. We’ll start with 24-hr sour cream, which is featured in several of my decadent ice cream recipes like raspberry, cherry mango, and strawberry.

My favorite method is to use finished 24-hr dairy kefir as my sour cream starter, but you can also use 24-hr yogurt as a starter.

Benefits of 24 Hour GAPS Dairy

  • The lactose, or milk sugar, in the cream or milk that is cultured for 24-hours is consumed by the beneficial bacteria & yeasts
  • Dairy from grass-fed cows is incredibly nutrient-rich and contains a full profile of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, as well as more digestible fat and protein.
  • Many beneficial bacterias and yeasts are introduced to the body, from the esophagus down to the lower GI tract. This can help to rebuild a healthy intestinal tract.

**Note: In cases of constipation on GAPS, it can be helpful to add in high-fat dairy (i.e. sour cream or ghee), rather than high-protein dairies such as yogurt or kefir.


24 Hour GAPS Diet Sour Cream

  • Author: Melanie Christner
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 24 hours
  • Total Time: 24 hours 5 minutes


24 Hour Sour Cream is the dairy that is allowable on the GAPS™ Protocol.



  • 1 cup of heavy cream (preferably organic, raw and from grass-fed cows)
  • 1/4 cup of finished 24-hr kefir


  1. In a clean pint mason jar with lid, mix the cup of heavy cream with the 1/4 of kefir.
  2. Let it sit in a warm place on your countertop for 24+ hours.
  3. Stir and refrigerate.
  4. Enjoy in any recipes that call for sour cream!

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6 thoughts on “24 Hour GAPS Diet Sour Cream”

    1. Hello Ariel,

      You can use pasteurized cream, yes. But not ultra-pasteurized.

      It’s still best to get organic and grass-fed, even if pasteurized.


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