I love heavy cream for my coffee or whipping up homemade butter or whipped cream. For these uses, you can’t really substitute heavy cream but the good news is for baking and cooking uses you can find several great heavy cream substitute options. Like making your own buttermilk there are several things that you can combine to make a heavy cream substitute for cooking and baking.
Havey cream is the fat that floats up to the top of milk after sitting for a few days. For communities that can find raw milk for sale separating the milk from the cream is rather easy.
Dairy heavy cream substitutes
Milk and butter
The process of making butter involves solidifying the fat from heavy cream. This makes mixing butter and milk the best way to give milk the fat content you need for a heavy cream substitute. This will work for most cooking and baking applications including ones you need to whip. Simply soften the butter and blend it into the milk. Heavy cream is used to make butter by separating the fat from the rest of the milk.
Blend together 1/4 cup of melted butter with 3/4 cup of milk, substitute 1 cup of heavy cream
Half-and-half and butter
To substitute for 1 cup of heavy cream, mix 7/8 cup of half-and-half with 1/8 cup of melted butter. Whip gently together.
Milk and cornstarch
Substitute 1 cup of heavy cream in your recipe, add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to 1 cup of milk and stir, allowing the mixture to thicken.
If you find yourself in a pinch you can use a can of condensed milk to substitute heavy cream. Substitute in a 1 to 1 ratio for your favorite cooking recipes.
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Need a dairy-free option for a heavy cream substitute?
Many families are coping with food allergies and intolerances forcing them to get creative and find substitutions to help enjoy meals like everyone else. For families with this challenge, there are a few options for substituting heavy cream in your cooking.
Soy milk and olive oil
For a similar flavor and texture of 1 cup of heavy cream, combine 2/3 cup of soy milk with 1/3 cup of olive oil.
Coconut cream makes a great thick dairy-free substitute for heavy cream. Simply swap the two in a 1 to 1 ratio in your favorite recipes to get a similar texture. This will have a bit of coconut flavor so you may want to taste test and adjust other flavors to fit.
What can I substitute heavy cream for?
If you have heavy cream in the house you can substitute this for a few items around your kitchen. Add a bit of sugar to replace sweetened condensed milk. Use in your coffee in place of commercial coffee creamers, and you can even substitute heavy cream for cream soup bases. Use heavy cream to make your own whipped cream and butter.