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Kitchen Dictionary: heavy cream

Heavy cream, also called heavy whipping cream, is whipping cream with a milk fat content of between 36 and 40 percent. Whipping cream will double in volume when whipped. Heavy cream is not the same as the British double cream. Double cream has 48% butterfat, 8% higher than the highest-fat cream available in the United States.


Season: available year-round

How to store: All cream, unless ultrapasteurized (briefly heated to 149°C/300°F and then cooled), is highly perishable and should be kept in the coldest part of the refrigerator.

How to prepare: Unpasteurized, unhomogenized cream whips much easier than pasteurized or pasteurized & homogenized cream. The colder cream is to start, and the colder it stays as you whip it, the easier and better it whips. If it is not cold enough, it doesn’t "whip," it "churns" (no air is incorporated) which makes butter. When whipping cream, add the sugar when the cream is mostly whipped, and the cream will whip to a higher volume. Adding the sugar at the beginning results is lower volume.

Substitutions: To equal 1 cup of heavy cream, use 3/4 cup milk + 1/3 cup melted butter. Not for whipping, only for cooking.

More Heavy Cream Recipes
Popular Heavy Cream Recipes
Low-fat Heavy Cream Substitute
Scalloped Potatoes With Heavy Cream and Cheese
Pudim De Natas (Heavy Cream Pudding)

Nutrition Facts

Calculated for 1 cup, fluid (yields 2 cups whipped)
Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 821
Calories from Fat 792 (96%)
Total Fat 88.1g 135%
Saturated Fat 54.8g 274%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.3g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 326mg 108%
Sodium 90mg 3%
Potassium 178mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 6.6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%
Sugars 0.0g
Protein 4.9g 9%

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