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The Milk Fat Percentages You Need To Know

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In Overheard, we're sharing all of the best tidbits we couldn't help picking up on -- from smart tips on the Hotline to funny quotes heard around the water cooler and more -- so we can all be in the know.

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Over on the Hotline, Diana B asked about using half and half in recipes calling for equal volumes of cream and milk. It seems like an obvious substitution, but depending on your recipe that might not work -- hardlikearmour explains why:

It's not a 50-50 ratio. Whole milk is approximately 4% fat, heavy whipping cream is 36 to 40% butterfat, and half and half is 10.5 to 12% fat. A 50-50 mix gets you about 21% fat. A better mix would be 1/4 heavy cream to 3/4 whole milk which puts you around 12.5% fat. (If you have plain whipping cream, which is 30 to 35% fat, you'll be at about 11% fat.)

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