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Aug 15, 2009 02:44 PM

Making Whipped Cream with Half and Half?

I have a half gallon of half and half in my fridge and would like to make some whipped cream with it, I know that I need whipping cream to do this but I was wondering if there is anything I could add to half and half to create a whipped cream? My daughter has asked for this because she loves whipped cream and strawberries on top of her pancakes, and I just ran out of my store bought whipped cream.

Thanks for your ideas! =~)

-Melissa Patterson

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  1. More fat content. It will not whip to an airy consistency as would whipping cream.

    You should make a creme anglaise with your your half and half. Oooh, super rich!

    1. You will be able to make whipped cream. It won't be as fatty a mouthfeel as heavy cream, but you will be able to whip it up. To make it go well, it needs to be ICE COLD to start off with. Put it in the coldest part of your fridge, and then stick in the freezer just before you plan to whip it. Do not remove it from refrigeration until you plan to use it. Don't take it out, then leave it on the counter while you are assembling your whipping apparatus. Only take it out to pour it into your bowl for whipping. Sticking the bowl you plan on whipping it in into the freezer is a great idea. The colder you keep it, the better it will turn out. Cold bowl, cold half n half, and a fast and furious whip.

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      1. re: gordeaux

        Thanks gordeaux! =) What do you think about adding butter and crisco (totally unhealthy!) to it? The only recipe I found online called for this. To artery clogging? Or should I just do the fast and furious method you described?

      2. I tried this and it didn't work at all. My bowl was super cold, the half and half was in the freezer for about an hour. It just frothed and looked like it was working but it immediately fell (or turned into bubbles that looked like they were alive).

        I wouldn't try it again. Go back to the store and buy whipping cream.

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        1. re: ko_star

          You can try cornstarch or cream of tartar to thicken it.
          I haven't tried it personally for half and half, but when I need something to be thicker I usually use either the tartar for sweets or cornstarch for savory.

        2. you could make pastry cream or ice cream with half and half.

          1. I've never made anything like this before! I have not even attempted to make it yet, because I only have very little half and half! I don't want to get rid if it, but I would like to make something fun! I guess I could try another day! thanks for this fab idea!:)

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            1. re: nicole_chucta

              Don't try making whipped cream. It won't hold. Whenever I have half-and-half that is threatening to go sour, I make mac&cheese or mashed potatoes or soubise.

              You could make a small amount of "ice cream" by pureeing a banana into it, then sweetening and freezing it. Frozen and canned fruit will also work. If you are REALLY trying to stretch the quantity, dissolve a packet of plain gelatin in hot juice or the hot dairy, let it cool to room temp, then puree it with whatever fruit you're using, and freeze. Best to use a shallow container so if it gets too hard, you can scrape a spoon across it to dish it into serving bowls.