What is Half and Half (and how to make it)
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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.
- Mix ½ cup of milk and ½ cup of cream to create half and half. Did you notice that play on words there? Easy as pie!
- No cream? No problem. Combine 1 cup of milk less two tablespoons with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Voila!
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.