Although it may not be the healthiest ingredient, heavy cream is an essential component of many recipes, especially during the holidays. But its not an item most of us regularly have in our refrigerator, which can be frustrating if you come to a recipe that calls for it and realize you dont have any on hand.
Theres good news, though. It turns out you can make your own heavy cream from just two simple ingredients that you probably have in your fridge right now.
Surprisingly, heavy cream is a breeze to make. All you need is whole milk, butter and a little bit of elbow grease.To make 1 cup of heavy cream, mix 2/3 cup of whole milk with 1/3 cup melted butter. Really, it isthat simple.As an alternative, if you dont have milk on hand, you can also use 1/6 cup butter and 7/8 cup half-and-half.
There are also a number of other substitutes for heavy creamif the rich stuffisnt your thing.
Greek yogurt is alighter option, but it tends to have a little more tang and thickness than regular heavy cream.
You can also add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to 1 cup of skim milk. The cornstarch helps to thicken up the skim milk, but you skip all that added fat.
And if youre vegan or lactose-intolerant, you can even makeyour own homemade blend using tofu and soy milk. This substitute is low in fat and high in protein, and it wont bother your tummy if you are sensitive to dairy.
Other no-prep options include cream cheese and evaporated milk. Whatever the substitute you choose, remember to experiment when you use themin recipes. Becausethey all have a different texture and consistency, be prepared for some variation inthe end product.