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Feb 20, 2008 11:31 AM

Heavy cream substitution

I know this question has been asked time and time again but my problem is a little different. I am married to someone who is allergic to everything and can't have cream and he is lactose. No cottage cheese, ricotta, yogurt, sour cream, etc. There are a few recipes that I would love to make but I would also love for my husband to be able to eat them too. So, is there anything that I can use to substitute heavy cream for that would work in his situation? Thanks!!

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  1. A lot of vegans use nut milks and creams. You can make them youself or skim off the cream from canned coconut milk. There amy be soy products that approximate cream--check with your local healthfood store.

    1. I think it depends on the recipe. I am a big believer though, that sometimes there are just no substitutions, and it's best to start out with a recipe that uses no cream at all so that you don't feel defeated before you start.

      1. make soy your friend...:o) soy milk, soy cheese, tofu, etc..soft tofu can approximate the consistency of yogurt and sour cream. mashing up firm tofu can be substituted for ricotta...

        here's a recipe i found for 'creamy' pasta sauce made w/ tofu...

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        1. re: soypower

          I definitely think I need to familiarize myself with using soy and tofu more. I looked up that tofu cream sauce and will try that. I actually just tried chocolate soy milk for the first time today and really enjoyed it. Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

        2. as cream is usually used as something to thicken many sauces, perhaps you can start the sauce off with a roux instead. it could be flour toasted in anything, be it bacon fat or duck fat or walnut oil or whatever. but you said that your SO is allergic to "everything" without specifying, so that makes it a bit harder to suggest things. but that is just one thought, at least on cream based sauces.