How to Make Heavy Cream at Home

Heavy cream or heavy whipping cream is a key ingredient in both savory and sweet recipes.

Heavy cream can turn anything into a delicious, rich and creamy delight, whether you’re making ice cream, cauliflower soup or Bolognese sauce.

Heavy whipping cream is not the same as regular whipping cream, evaporated milk, or whole milk.

It is much thicker due to 36 to 40 percent of fat content.

If you’re in the middle of a cooking process and you’re out of cream, don’t worry!

Keep reading and learn how to add a satisfying decadence to basic weeknight meals with homemade heavy cream.

Useful tips before making your own heavy cream

Useful tips before making your own heavy cream

To make your own heavy cream, you only need two ingredients: milk and butter.

If you want to get the best results with your cream recipes, follow the tips below:

Use only unsalted butter.

A salty one will spoil the taste of your whipped cream, so always choose the unsalted option.

Before cooking, let your milk and butter come to room temperature to avoid curdling.

Do not use homemade heavy whipping cream in recipes that require whipping.

The process of making homemade heavy cream

The process of making homemade heavy cream

Now it’s time to start the cooking process.

First, take the butter that has already reached room temperature and melt it.

If you​​​​are using a microwave, place the butter in a microwave safe bowl and wait at least ten seconds for it to melt.

If you​​​​​​are melting the butter on the stove, put it in a heavy pan and turn on the low heat to avoid burning it.

Butter melts between 82 and 97ºF.

Observe it carefully and remove the butter from the heat when about 3/4 of it has melted.

Finally, take a wooden spoon or rubber spatula and spread the melted butter over the bottom of the pot.

Add one tablespoon of melted butter to the cold whole milk.

(If you prefer milk with a lower fat content or skim milk, then you should add one tablespoon of flour to help your cream thicken.) This vital technique is called “tempering.” Do not pour all the melted butter into the milk at once, as it will heat up too quickly and curdle.

After that, pour all the tempered milk in the rest of the butter and cook it in low heat mode.

Your own homemade heavy cream is ready.

How do you store heavy whipping cream?

How do you store heavy whipping cream?

Like all other dairy products, heavy cream has an expiration date.

Put the cream in a sealed container, put it in the refrigerator and store it for no longer than three days.

Do not freeze your heavy cream.

What are other substitutes for heavy whipping cream?

What are other substitutes for heavy whipping cream?

If your favorite recipe calls for a cup of heavy cream, but you don’t have any in the fridge – don’t worry!

There are plenty of options available that will perfectly replace your favorite ingredient in any cream recipe.

The first heavy cream substitute on the list is coconut cream.

It also works well for making a vegan, dairy-free batter topping.

Coconut cream usually contains 20% fat.

It has a similar creamy richness to heavy whipping cream.

However, it has an intense coconut flavor, so consider it if you choose this as a substitute.

Since it is thicker than heavy cream, try adding a few tablespoons of milk to dilute the texture to mimic cream.

Do not use it for whipping, and do not combine it with hot dishes to prevent curdling.

One more great heavy cream substitute is sugar.

It has a fat content of about 20%, which makes it a good substitute in cases where the acidity does not affect the taste of the dish.

You can also sweeten it with confectioners’ sugar and serve it instead of whipped cream.

A combination of milk and butter can do wonders.

For example, a very heavy whipping cream that makes a perfect topping for cakes, pies, cupcakes, cheesecakes, crepes, trifles, and so much more.

With these two ingredients, you don’t need to make a trip to the store at the height of the cooking process.

Just follow the instructions above and make your own mouth watering heavy cream.

If you are looking for good substitutes, the choice is excellent.

Greek yogurt with milk, coconut cream, sugar, as well as evaporated milk, cream cheese, or soy milk with olive oil will accompany you in your favorite delicious recipes.

When not writing or talking about food and gardening, Cassie can be found at farmers markets and greenhouses looking for the next great idea.

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