Can you substitute heavy whipping cream for milk?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you substitute heavy whipping cream for milk?”, and what are the best substitutes for whipping cream?

Can you substitute heavy whipping cream for milk?

Yes, you can substitute heavy whipping cream for milk. Since the fat content of the heavy cream is high, you can dilute it by mixing it with an equal amount of water. A mixture of a half cup of heavy cream mixed with a half cup of water can be substituted for one cup of heavy cream.

Best substitutes for whipping cream 

Milk and butter 

Milk and butter make for a good whipping cream substitute. Butter adds the fat to the milk and makes it up to the fat percentage of the whipping cream. 

This substitute works for most cooking and baking recipes but it does not whip the same as the whipping cream. Whisk 1/4 cup (57 grams) of melted butter with 3/4 cup (178 ml) of milk to make 1 cup (237 ml) of heavy cream.

Soy milk and olive oil 

Soy milk and olive oil work the same way as milk and butter. The olive oil is added to improve the fat content while the soy milk adds the flavor. 

This substitute works best for most vegan cooking and baking recipes but won’t do well in the ones that require whipping. To make 1 cup (237 ml) of heavy cream, combine 2/3 cup (159 ml) of soy milk with 1/3 cup (79 ml) of olive oil.

Milk and cornstarch

If you are hesitant to use the milk and butter substitute due to the high calories, use milk and cornstarch instead. This low-fat and low-calorie substitute is used best in cooking because it does not whip like whipping cream.

Add 2 tablespoons (19 grams) of cornstarch to 1 cup (237 ml) of milk and stir to make a mixture. Use this mixture to substitute 1 cup (237 ml) of heavy cream in your recipe.

Half-and-half and butter 

Half-and-half contains ⅓ of the fat of heavy cream. Butter is added to increase its fat content and mimic the fat content of the whipping cream. You can skip the butter if you do not intend to whip the mixture such as in sauces and soups.

Mix 7/8 cup (232 grams) of half-and-half with 1/8 cup (29 grams) of melted butter. Use this mixture to replace 1 cup (237 ml) of heavy cream in your recipe.

Silken tofu and soy milk

Silken tofu is the product of soy milk condensation. Silken tofu blends smoothly with the soy milk and adds a protein boost to the mixture. You can replace the soy milk with regular milk or any plant-based milk of your preference. 

Blend the silken tofu and soy milk in a 1:1 ratio. Use an immersion blender or a food processor to do the job. Blend until homogeneous and smooth. 

Replace the mixture with equal parts of heavy cream in your recipes such as soups and sauces. You can turn it into a vegan topping by whipping it with some vanilla extract and sugar.

Greek yogurt and milk 

Dilute the greek yogurt to match its consistency to the heavy cream. Greek yogurt provides protein while the whole milk adds flavor to the finished product. Blend the greek yogurt and whole milk in a 1:1 ratio until a smooth and homogenous mixture forms. 

The prepared mixture cannot be whipped like heavy cream and is best used to thicken soups and sauces. Moreover, greek yogurt has a lower fat content and does not add the same level of richness and creaminess to your baked goods or desserts.

Evaporated milk

Evaporated milk is prepared by removing about 60% of the water from regular milk. That is why it has a very thick consistency. 

Due to the low percentage of fat, evaporated milk cannot be whipped and does not provide the desired thickness and creaminess to your baked products. Heavy cream can be replaced with an equal amount of evaporated milk. 

Cottage cheese and milk

Cottage cheese is a curdled product of cow’s milk and is a rich source of protein and micronutrients. Blend the cottage cheese until smooth and use it in place of heavy cream in your sauces. 

Alternatively, you can blend an equal amount of cottage cheese and milk to make a rich and creamy substitute for heavy cream. 

However, this substitute is only suitable for recipes that can incorporate the cheesy and salty flavor of cottage cheese.

Opt for the low-sodium cottage cheese to limit your intake of sodium especially if you have hypertension.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you substitute heavy whipping cream for milk?”, and what are the best substitutes for whipping cream?

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/heavy-cream-substitutes#TOC_TITLE_HDR_9

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