Cream confusion.

What's the difference between light cream and heavy cream....and are they interchangeable?

  • Posted by: skittle
  • February 23, 2012
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delys1977
delys1977 February 23, 2012

Heavy cream, sometimes called whipping cream,
is typically 33% fat whereas light cream is usually around 10% fat. It can be substituted
In some cases, but it depends on what you plan to do with it.

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Maedl
Maedl February 23, 2012

Just don't try to make whipped cream with light cream. You will splatter the entire kitchen in the effort and still not achieve whipped cream

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skittle
skittle February 24, 2012

Ah. I'm making a ganache...a whipped ganache actually.
It would be nice if someone would print this information on the carton. :)

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AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames February 24, 2012

skittle, I asked a similar question a few weeks ago and received some very helpful responses. Here is the link: http://www.food52.com/hotline... ;o)

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Maedl
Maedl February 24, 2012

Go ahead and use the heavy cream. If you are making a ganache, you might as well make a good ganache that is really worth the calories. The higher fat content will carry more flavor and boost the taste.

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boulangere
boulangere February 25, 2012

Yes, definitely use heavy cream. Look for one that is 40% butterfat, especially if you plan to whip the ganache. Light cream, usually around 14% butterfat, doesn't contain enough fat to allow it to be whipped.

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