Oh so creamy…
If you do want to buy some crème fraîche that will keep for a little longer or simply for convenience, you may prefer to buy it in a supermarket. If you do, your choice will likely be limited to crême fraîche épaisse as it is quite unusual to find the liquide type on the shelves. There are numerous makes of crème fraîche available at a range of prices. As with most things, the supermarket’s own brand tends to be the cheapest but you know the saying ‘you get what you pay for’ and, where crème fraîche is concerned, I think this holds true. You will notice that the most expensive crème fraîche on the shelves come in glass pots rather than plastic tubs and are local produce of Normandy. These are normally the best ones. One of my favourites is Crème Fraîche d’Isigny. And don’t forget to look out for quality labels, such as (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée).
Another tip: if the pot is see-through, take a look at the colour of the crème fraîche. Slightly yellower-looking creamier crème fraîche tends to be a lot more tasty than a bright white one.