Wonder no more about the difference between half and half, light cream, whipping cream and heavy cream.
In one word, it comes down to one thing – fat. The percentage of fat content is what differentiates how each product performs in recipes.
Whipping Cream thickens soups and sauces.
* In order to make a whip, a minimum of 32% fat content is required.
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.
Southern Living – Difference between Whipping Cream and Heavy Cream and how to use them.
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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.
About.com – How to make your own heavy cream substitute at home with milk and butter. *Not for whipping.
Whipping Tips by Alberta Milk