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How to substitute skim milk for whole milk in ice cream?

I am trying to use up heavy cream (I have a lot!), and thought about trying our new ice cream maker for the first time. I only have skim milk however, and was hoping there was a way to compensate using skim instead of whole milk? Like, using a larger ratio of cream to milk?

asked by meet your baker about 1 year ago
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Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

added about 1 year ago

This article (https://food52.com/blog...) talks about how swapping dairy products or changing ratios can drastically mess with the ice cream, so if you don't feel like chancing the results, you might try using a recipe designed for skim milk, like this one: http://www.marthastewart...

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added about 1 year ago

I do it all the time without problems. Actually, I'll be doing it tonight when I make vanilla custard ice cream. I like a particularly eggy custardy base, which is why the lower fat content probably doesn't matter.

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added about 1 year ago

You can definitely do this.

Whole milk in the U.S. is 3.25 percent butterfat (or .26 ounces per 8 ounces), and skim milk has no (or nearly no) fat. Whipping cream is 30 percent butterfat, so .87 ounces of whipping cream has as much fat as 8 ounces of whole milk.

In practical terms (rounding up): 1 ounce of whipping cream plus 7 ounces of skim milk contains about as much butterfat as 8 ounces of whole milk.