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Substitute for Heavy Whipping Cream

Sep 1

Substitute For Heavy Whipping Cream

Heavy cream is the fatty, top part of the fresh milk with 36-40% fat content. Due to its rich taste and velvety texture, it is used in a variety of recipes. E.g. if you want to prepare a creamy sauce with a smooth texture, you would use it. If you would like to make homemade ice cream, a simple yet delicious topping for desserts or a sponge cake with Chantilly, you would reach for it too. This dairy product is an essential ingredient for savory dishes and sweet ones too. Can you even imagine fresh strawberries without whipped cream ?!

That's why it is a staple ingredient you can always find in the fridge in many households. However, what happens if you run out of it and you can't go shopping? Or if you find a great savory recipe with it, you want to try, but you are vegan? Don't worry; there are quite a few options for simple substitutes.


What Can You Substitute For Heavy Cream?

One factor you should consider in deciding which common ingredients to use in your heavy cream recipe is wheater you prefer non-dairy or dairy cream replacements:

Dairy-based Heavy Cream Alternative

To make 1 cup of the heavy cream substitute, combine:

  • 3/4 cup of regular milk and 1/4 cup butter {melted}, or
  • 1 cup milk with 2 tablespoons of corn-starch, or
  • 7/8 cup of 12% cream and 1/8 cup of melted butter, or
  • blended equal quantities of cottage cheese and milk, or
  • you can also replace it with cream cheese, or
  • use evaporated milk.

Heavy Cream Substitute Vegan

You can also make heavy cream substitute non dairy:

  • mix 2/3 cup of non-dairy milk {e.g. soya} with 1/3 cup of light olive oil to make 1 cup of 2-ingredient heavy cream substitute, or
  • in an immersion blender or a food processor, blend equal amounts of silken tofu and soy milk, or
  • use coconut cream – the top, thicker part from the refrigerated can of full-fat coconut milk.


What Is Heavy Cream Substitute Best For Me?

When you look for the best substitute in recipes, you should bear in mind that the above non- and vegan alternatives will not work the same way for all dishes. The reason being that the original has two key characteristics, not all of the substitutes can replicate exactly: the possibility of whipping and flavor.

As far as whipping is concerned, only full-fat coconut cream, or combinations of 12% cream and butter, or silken tofu and soy milk will whisk as well as the heavy cream. But when you are looking for a tastewise one-to-one substitute, the first option is out of the question, as it will give coconut flavor to your savory dishes. Similarly, blended Greek yogurt and milk, or soya milk and olive oil, will do the trick by adding the creamy texture to your sauce or creamy soup but will never taste like heavy cream.

As you can see, there is a variety of dairy and vegan substitutes you can use in topping for desserts, creamy sauces, soups or any other meals that require heavy cream in recipes. So you don't have to worry any more if you are in this type of emergency while cooking.


By Tastes of Health


Vegan Substitute For Heavy Cream