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whipping cream vs. heavy cream vs. half and half

Last post Dec 13, 2004 6:59 PM by moonchild_oh_34f . 6 replies.


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  • whipping cream vs. heavy cream vs. half and half
    I have a recipe from Quick Cooking a while back for Pumpkin Soup. It calls for a cup of whipping cream. At the grocery store, they have several things... one marked Whipping Cream, one marked Heavy Whipping Cream and then there's Half and half. I usually use the one marked plain old whipping cream.

    When I picked up a few things at Wal-Mart yesterday evening to make this soup again, all they had was Heavy Cream and Half-and half. So I got the heavy cream, but wonder if the half-and half would have been ok instead. I like to cook on the lighter/low-fat side.

    I do realize you probably can't whip Half and Half into whipped cream. But this recipe just called for it to be stirred in at the end.

    Do you think the half-and half would have worked, and also, could someone tell me exactly what the difference is between these creams as far as cooking is concerned? I can see the fat content is different.
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  • RE: whipping cream vs. heavy cream vs. half and half
    I usually just use a can of evaporated milk when a soup recipe calls for whipping/heavy cream.
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  • RE: whipping cream vs. heavy cream vs. half and half
    I think the biggest difference is in which will whip and which will not...There is light cream sometimes too. In cooking, it's more a matter of consistency and richness. If you are trying to make whipped cream, half&half won't whip.

    Amy
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  • RE: whipping cream vs. heavy cream vs. half and half
    For soups etc you can definitely use half and half or even whole milk if you want to "lighten"it.To whip a cream it must be labeled whipping cream or heavy cream.I frequently buy half anf half at Sams to mix with my 2% milk for baking as I never buy whole milk anymore,but find that most baking recipes do just as well with the 2% milk as do my soups etc.Pat
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  • RE: whipping cream vs. heavy cream vs. half and half
    I drink half and half instead of whole milk, taste more like fresh cow's milk. Sometimes I add a pint of heavy whipping cream to a gallon of milk and people are constantly aksing me what brand of milk do I buy, it tastes so good.
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  • RE: whipping cream vs. heavy cream vs. half and half
    Sounds tasty Homestyle but loaded with fat and calories!Have to admit though,I'm not into this tastelass Lo Fat stuff. Pat
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  • RE: whipping cream vs. heavy cream vs. half and half
    Both whipping cream and heavy cream will "whip". The difference is in the percentage butterfat. I think one is like at least 37% and one is like at least 35% or something-may not be exact numbers but they are very close. Both can generally be used interchangeably whether in cooking or for whipping.

    Half and half wont whip-doesnt have enough fat.

    Evaporated milk will whip if cold enough-but not quite the consistency of true whipping cream. This is often used as a replacement in a lot of lowfat desserts.

    Cream in soups is often used to thicken. You wont get quite the same results with half and half or milk, but esp if it isnt a huge quantity, the difference should be negligible. You could add a tbsp or 2 of flour, cornstarch or some potatoes or rice to thicken it instead I suppose.
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