The difference between Half & Half and Heavy Cream

Wonder no more about the difference between half and half, light cream, whipping cream and heavy cream.

milk fat scale

Milk Fat Scale

In one word, it comes down to one thing – fat.  The percentage of fat content is what differentiates how each product performs in recipes.

 

Heavy Cream and Light Cream are best used for adding to coffee or pouring over fruit.coffee-563800cocktail-glass-545371
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Whipping Cream thickens soups and sauces.

* In order to make a whip, a minimum of 32% fat content is required.

Heavy Cream, at 36-40% fat content, is the most widely used in the making whipped cream and ice cream.whipped-cream-354174

Author’s Opinion: I haven’t researched who originated the fat scale and how each grade of milk was named, but it would make more sense to me if the last two – Heavy Cream and Whipped Cream were switched.

 

Additional Resources:

Southern Living  – Difference between Whipping Cream and Heavy Cream and how to use them.

Related Article by Emma Christensen : Difference between Half and Half,  Light Cream, Heavy Cream and Whipping Cream
http://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-halfandha-73203

Emma is the recipe editor for The Kitchn and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts. She is the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer (Spring 2015).

Martha Stewart Explains the fat scale. *Cream information located between 4:55 – 8:16 on the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4epI_4YYPZE

About.com – How to make your own heavy cream  substitute at home with milk and butter. *Not for whipping.

Whipping Tips by Alberta Milk

Coconut Milk Whipped Cream

 

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