What is Half and Half (and how to make it)

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What is half and half? Your recipe calls for half and half and you have no idea what the heck it is. Read on to find out and learn to make your own in seconds!

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What is Half & Half?

While, to many of us, Half & Half is a household staple, many readers question what half and half is.  It depends where you live but half and half is available in most North American grocery stores in the dairy section.

Half and half is a creamer that is half milk and cream (commonly known as half cream in the UK or sometimes known as single cream). It has a higher per cent of fat (approximately 10-12%) compared to milk making it deliciously creamy but not quite as thick and rich as heavy cream or whipping cream (which is closer to 30-33% fat).

In the US and Canada, it’s commonly used as a coffee creamer but it’s also great in baked goods and many other recipes requiring a lighter cream, such as homemade fudge sauce or even in a creamy soup.

How to Make Your Own Half & Half

It’s very easy to substitute half and half by making your own DIY Half and Half at home. There are a couple of options based on what you have on hand.

  1. Mix ½ cup of milk and ½ cup of heavy cream to create half and half. Did you notice that play on words there? Easy as pie!
  2. No cream? No problem. Combine 1 cup of milk less two tablespoons with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Voila!

Got Leftovers?

Do you have leftover half and half or have a carton ready to expire?  Don’t worry, there are lots of great ways to use it!

Of course you can enjoy it in recipes like lemon blueberry loaf or in your coffee or hot cocoa, but if you still have leftovers, you may be wondering if you can freeze it. The answer is yes!

Half & Half can be expensive for a small bottle, and when using it for baking purposes, it’s difficult to use it up before it spoils. The best way to freeze it is to separate the half and half into ½ or whole cups and place it in plastic freezer bags. Then it’s safe to put in the freezer.

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Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

7 comments on “What is Half and Half (and how to make it)”

  1. what kind of cream please? its not quite common to use creamer her.is it whipped cream?

  2. Yes, but is it cheaper.

  3. what kind of milk do you suggest? we typically have 1% at our house…

  4. I always thought cream would separate. How long can you freeze it for?

    • I generally use frozen half and half in baking or cooking. If you find it separates, you can give it a shake and it should be perfect for use.

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