Heavy cream is used to cook the best and richest baked goods in the world. All the best restaurants use it, and so should any good home baker.
But you may be wondering where to get the best heavy cream for baking. The answer is to look where the pros shop. Certain online retailers definitely carry it and you will have no problem buying it from them. If you want it fresh, you’ll have to find and vet retailers in your area, which is up to you.
So we’ll talk some about where to get heavy cream, but we’re going to be more concerned about how to use it and why.
Where to Buy Heavy Cream
There are a few merchants that got into the heavy cream business a long time ago and have developed a strong online presence to cater to those who know what’s what. This is a good place to start. Finding the best heavy cream makers/sellers around, buying their products online, and getting a handle on making the most of heavy cream in your baking. After you’ve done this for a while, you’ll be well acquainted with the best heavy cream brands and you’ll have a better chance of finding them at local retailers.
Once you’ve found local stores that sell it, then you can start looking into which stores sell it in the best state of freshness. I bet you didn’t think getting high-quality heavy cream was going to be such an adventure!
Of course, if you have the resources and the time, you can make your own heavy cream. For this, you will need a cow and a willingness to milk her.
Located in Lynfield, MA, Hood has been in the business of making high-quality dairy products for more than 170 years. This company has deep roots in the North-Eastern part of the United States. If you live in that part of the world, there’s a good chance you can find Hood products at your local grocery store.
A Chinese company, Yili might be far off your radar, but they are a good brand to look for and they do handle private sales to certain areas. If you live in South East Asia, you can find their products in many grocery outlets.
A European based dairy producer with sales chains in more than 120 different countries. They are a go-to producer for Parisian gourmet cookeries, which means they are top quality.
Dairy Farmers of America
Founded in 1998, DFOA is a cooperative that has been a major force behind the inclusion of milk in mandatory school lunches.
Not the most pleasant name on our list, Lactalis is a French-based dairy producer, which is a good enough endorsement all by itself.
Let’s face it, if you’re into baking, you’re going to end up using some Nestle products. They may not be the freshest, the purest, or the best for baking- but you know you can find their stuff, and you can count on it to fit the bill.
Tips on Baking & Cooking With Heavy Cream
If you want to add the flavor and the feeling of 5-star quality, the sensation of luxury, and really impress your guests and family, heavy cream is the way to go. It may sound simple, and it is. But there are different and specific ways you can use it to get the most out of it in your kitchen.
There are five different types of cream, namely:
- Whole Milk: contains just 4% butterfat
- Half & Half: contains 12% fat
- Light Cream: contains approximately 20% fat
- Whipping Cream: contains between 30 and 34% fat
- Heavy Cream: the grand champion, heavy cream contains 35 to 40% fat
So it’s easy to see why, when it comes to cooking indulgent confections, heavy cream is clearly the best selection. Light cream and half and half can be used interchangeably in most cases, as can whipping cream and heavy cream. But you’re never going to get that top-notch taste and silky texture without heavy cream.
Another great benefit of using heavy cream is that the heavy fat content will actually make your leftovers last longer in the fridge. The simple reason for this is that when cooled or cold, fat heavily limits the motility of germs. That means they can’t move very well inside the fat. This is part of the reason that Bisquick lasts longer than most people expect. We tend to think the fat contents will make it spoil faster, and it does – but not as fast as we tend to think it will.
After storing confections made with heavy cream for a day or a week, you should lightly steam it in the oven and gently massage it if possible. This will break up the clumping of fat, and remove sensations often associated with spoiling.
5 Best & Easy Ways to Use Heavy Cream
You don’t have to be a French gourmet to get the most out of heavy cream. Here are a few easy things anyone can make- made better with heavy cream.
1. Whipped Cream
Whipped cream can be made easily in small batches for a single-use or your afternoon tea. Use a food processor or immersion blender and a spoonful of sugar. Pair with berries and spruce up your morning oatmeal.
2. Coffee Creamer of the Gods
Combine heavy cream with real maple syrup for the ultimate coffee booster. Add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg to turn the dial up to 11.
3. Soup? There it is!
I challenge you to find a soup recipe that can’t be made finer with just a splash of heavy cream. Indulge yourself, or sneak it into your cooking to blow the socks off your friends and family.
4. Scrambled Eggs from Heaven
There’s nothing like a nice helping of fluffy, salty, peppery scrambled eggs. But, if you whisk in just a meager amount of heavy cream, you’ll have that fluffy goodness on overdrive.
5. Farm Fresh Ricotta
Add lemon juice and salt to a pot of boiling hot heavy cream and it will curdle into homemade ricotta cheese! Best of all, you have the ability to choose the freshest ingredients for the best ricotta ever.
Heavy Cream FAQs
How much heavy cream should I use when substituting it for whipping cream?
Double the amount suggested in the recipe.
How do I store heavy cream?
Go by the best if used by date. Store it in a sealed container. Goods made with heavy cream should be refrigerated and used within 7 to 10 days.
How long before serving can I whip cream?
As long as four hours before serving time. If your whipped cream must stand, refrigerate it to preserve its desired texture and consistency.
What is the best way to get heavy cream?
The best way is to make it from freshly bottled cow’s milk. Short of that, get it from a locally sourced grocer.
During whipping, what is the best time to add additional ingredients?
Adding sugar, vanilla, or other ingredients should be done when the cream is at its softest. This will take some practice. Adding ingredients too soon will reduce the volume of the cream.