Heavy cream is the fatty, top part of the fresh milk that consists of 36-40% fat. Due to its rich taste and velvety texture, it is used in a variety of recipes.
Can you even imagine Carbonara sauce without cream or fresh strawberries without whipped cream to name just two dishes requiring this ingredient?!
However, sometimes while you are in the middle of cooking, you reach to your fridge for the heavy cream and… you realize you don’t have it.
Or you are preparing your signature dish, and you realise that one of your guests is lactose intolerant or vegan.
What can you do then? The good news is that you can stop panicking as there are quite a few dairy-based and dairy-free heavy cream substitutes you can choose from.
To make 1 cup of the heavy cream substitute, combine:
You can also make a dairy-free heavy cream substitute:
However, you have to remember that the above substitutes will work better for some recipes than for the other ones.
One of the reasons is they may alter the taste of the dishes you add them to. Simply, blended Greek yoghurt and milk, or soya milk and olive oil will do the trick by adding the velvety touch to your sauce but will never taste like heavy cream.
Additionally, only coconut cream, or combinations of 12% cream and butter, or silken tofu and soy milk will whip as well as the heavy cream.
Nonetheless, the good news is that with these dairy-based and vegan heavy cream substitutes you can save the day (and your dish!) in an emergency.