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Many recipes call for half-and-half, a dairy blend that provides a perfect level of fat when heavy cream is too rich, but whole milk isn’t quite enough. So what is half-and-half, và how bởi vì you make it if you already have cream và milk in the fridge? Read on lớn learn how khổng lồ make half-and-half so you can save time and money!

Because I’m an obsessive latte drinker, I always keep milk in the refrigerator.

Since I’m constantly developing new recipes, I usually have heavy cream as well.

However, I rarely have half-and-half ready khổng lồ go, requiring an extra trip lớn the grocery store. 

The good news is that I can always make a basic half-and-half substitute out of the milk và cream I already have.

And so can you!

What is Half-and-Half?

Half-and-half is simply a combination of milk (typically whole milk) và cream, with the fat nội dung ranging anywhere from 10% to 18%.

Because of the milk, it can’t be whipped like cream, however, it’s great for adding richness và fat khổng lồ recipes when heavy cream is too much, but whole milk isn’t enough.

Examples of where you might see half-and-half used include quiche, ice cream, & cake. Scroll to lớn the bottom of the post for some example recipes!

How khổng lồ Make Half-and-Half

You can purchase half-and-half at most grocery stores in the US, but the good news is that there’s no need lớn buy it if you already have heavy cream and milk.

We made our own every day in culinary school. Here are three options: 

Combine equal parts whole milk & heavy cream (or light cream). This is the method we used in culinary school, & while it gets you a slightly higher fat concentration (21%), it works great and it’s always easy to vì the math, no matter how much the recipe requires. So if a recipe calls for 1 cup half-and-half, you’ll need 50% cup whole milk and một nửa cup cream.

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Combine 75% whole milk và 25% heavy cream (or light cream). This is the most common method. This ratio lowers the fat nội dung slightly to lớn make it closer khổng lồ the store version.

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So if a recipe calls for 1 cup, you’ll need 3/4 cup whole milk & 1/4 cup heavy cream.Combine2/3 cup skim or low-fat milk & 1/3 cup heavy cream(or light cream).I often use this version since I start my days with a few low-fat lattes. I left the ratios out here since it makes the math look more confusing than it is!

Can You Make Whole Milk From Half-and-Half or Cream?

You can! Use these conversions based on what you already have in your fridge:

5/8 cup skim milk + 3/8 cup half-and-half2/3 cup 1% milk + 1/3 cup half-and-half3/4 cup 2% milk + 1/4 cup half-and-half7/8 cup skim milk + 1/8 cup heavy cream

Recipes Using Half-and-Half

Ready to try out your homemade half-and-half substitute? kiểm tra out my classic yellow cake, mint chocolate chip ice cream, và bacon, egg, and cheese quiche! I also love this vanilla ice cream recipe from Taste of Home.