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Jan 2, 2011 08:03 PM

What to do with lots of extra half and half?

I have nearly 4 pints of half and half sitting in my fridge...Any ideas on how to use it all up?

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  1. I specifically use half & half to make pastry cream for donuts, eclairs, etc. I've used it to make cream soup or chowder, puddings, in risotto, in a gratin, in mac & cheese, cream spinach or other veggie, and in a caramel sauce to name a few. By the way, I have frozen it when I was not able to use it before it expired; to bring it back together, buzz it in a blender.

    1. You can make paneer with it. It's super-easy. Here's Raghavan Iyer's recipe.

      Heat half and half until it boils.
      Stir in 1/8 cup (one ounce) of white vinegar per 2 pints of half and half and take off heat.
      Wait 30 seconds or so (until the curd is done coagulating)
      Stain off the whey through cheesecloth in a colander.
      Tie the cheesecloth to wrap the curd (e.g., with a twist tie) and put something heavy (such as a pot of water) on top of the cheesecloth-wrapped curd for several hours (to squeeze out the liquid).