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Helpful tips and facts about cream

Helpful tips and facts about cream Author: Style At Home

Food Tips

Helpful tips and facts about cream

3 things you may not know about cream

  • Cream is the layer of higher-fat material on top of raw milk after it has separated. The butterfat content of cream—18% for table, 5% for single, etc.—is what determines whether or not the cream can be whipped, and therefore what it's used for.
  • Canadian dairy cattle consist of Holstein, Ayrshire, Jersey, Guernsey, Canadienne, Brown Swiss, and Shorthorn breeds. Ontario and Quebec have the most herds.
  • Whipped cream is obtained by adding air to cream. Whipped cream is about double its initial volume.

1 tip you can't live without

  • If it's hot outside, say, more than 25°C, chill both your bowl and your whisk before starting to whip cream.


2 ways to try cream right now

  • Spread clotted cream-the richest, thickest of all-on fresh scones. President's Choice makes a great Devonshire cream.
  • Serve cajeta de leche, a thick, caramel-like cream, with decadent chocolate desserts.


1 thing to remember at the grocery store

  • Cream should be refrigerated, and tightly covered, so it doesn't take on flavours from other foods. Use it up in two to three days.


2 types of cream to keep on hand

  • Single cream (5% butterfat) adds richness and flavour to cream soups.
  • Half and half is a thin cream (10% butterfat), used mostly for pouring in coffee and on top of cereal.
  • Heavy or whipping cream has 35% butterfat. Use it in creamy pasta sauces and decadent desserts.
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Helpful tips and facts about cream