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Half and Half Substitute: Just Mix Milk and Cream?

Philly Ray Aug 21, 2011 12:57 PM

I have a popsicle recipe that calls for half and half. I have 1% milk and heavy cream on hand. Can I mix the two and have something close enough? What ratios?


  1. Karl S Aug 21, 2011 03:28 PM


    1. chowser Aug 21, 2011 02:00 PM

      From the Joy of Baking (although the term "half and half"gives it away):

      Cream, Half & Half (10 - 12% Butterfat) 1 cup (240 ml)

      7/8 cup (210 ml) whole milk plus 2 tablespoons (25 grams) melted unsalted butter
      1/2 cup (120 ml) light cream (5% butterfat) plus 1/2 cup (120 ml) whole milk
      1/2 cup (120 ml) partly skimmed milk plus 1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy whipping cream (35%)

      Read more: http://www.joyofbaking.com/Ingredient...

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      1. re: chowser
        acgold7 Aug 21, 2011 02:14 PM

        None of those will get you into the 10-12% range. And no form of light cream is 5% butterfat -- that's basically whole milk. The first formula gets you around 15%, the second (corrected to 30% milkfat for light "whipping" cream) puts you at about 17%, and so does the third, without really knowing what "partly skimmed" means. If you correct the second to 18% milkfat for light "table" cream, then yeah, you're at about 12%, and then we can take the term half and half literally.

        Obviously not your fault; the website is dead wrong.

        But I'm just being picky and pedantic; ultimately it doesn't matter much. If it's a bit richer, that can't be a bad thing.

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        acgold7 Aug 21, 2011 01:51 PM

        Half and Half, by law, is about 10% milk fat minimum (and the minimum is what you usually find in stores) but it can legally be up to 18%. Heavy cream is, I think, 36% milk fat, so somewhere between 2 to 1 and literally half and half Milk to Cream should get you close. I get 40% Heavy Cream from Costco so I go 3 to 1 when I need to make Half & Half.

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