### Skim milk into whole milk

I have a recipe that I want to make that calls for 2 cups of whole milk. I have skim milk and I have heavy cream. How can I approximate whole milk? I was going to try 12/3c skim to 1/3 cup cream. Does that sound about right? Does anyone have any idea about this?

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1. I'd go with your measurements; depending on the recipe, most can be made with other types of milk anyway.

1. I think that whole milk is 4% fat and cream is 35% fat (right? not totally sure about that...) if you want the same amount of fat (assuming skim milk is 0%), you can use the old C1 * V1 = C2 * V2 formula:
2 c. * 0.04 = x c. * 0.35
x = .23 or about 1/4 c. of cream, 2 and 3/4 c. skim.

1. re: castiron

whoops, that should say 1/4 c of cream, 1 and 3/4 c. skim ... to make 2 c.
which is the same as Karl's chart.

2. Well this is my conversion chart I've posted a few times here:

Add the following to 1 cup of skim milk to approximate 1 cup of

1.5t heavy cream= 1% milk
1T heavy cream= 2% milk
2T heavy cream= whole milk
5T 1t heavy cream= half-&-half
9T heavy cream= light cream
1T light cream= 1% milk
1T 2t light cream= 2% milk
3T light cream= whole milk
5 oz light cream= half-&-half
2T half & half= 1% milk
3T half & half= 2% milk
4T half & half= whole milk

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1. re: Karl S

That chart is amazing, good job

1. re: Karl S

Great. I'm going to copy this for reference purposes!

1. re: roxlet

That's why it always pays to have heavy cream on hand in addition to lowfat or skim milk; between them, you can make it up as needed without a rush to the store.

2. Since I dunno if this question warrants a new thread: Can I use 1% in place of whole milk when making Cinnamon Rolls?

I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to all things yeast raised and I wanted to try making Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls today as a practice run for Christmas gifts and I don't have any cream on hand.

Thanks all!