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Oct 21, 2011 05:19 AM

1% instead of whole milk?

I have a recipe that calls for a 1:1 ratio of whole milk and cream. I never mind buying cream, but since 1% is our daily use milk, I don't want to have a lot of left over whole milk. I would only need a cup of it for the recipe. Can I just use 1% and change up the ratio a bit? Should I use a 1:2 ratio, or even more cream than that?


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  1. I bet you could.

    If for instance you were making Crème anglaise, who would notice the 1% milk if you have
    given the dish an extra dash of cream.

    1. No problem at all. I wouldn't even bother changing the ratio.

      1. Can you tell us what you're making, just to be safe? It's probably fine, but it might matter if it's ice cream, or a sauce that relies on cream for thickening, or something like that.

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        1. re: jvanderh

          It is the creamed collards in the new Bon Appetit. Similar to a creamed spinach but with collards instead (which we get weekly in our CSA, so were happy for a new preparation idea). There is a roux made with flour and bacon fat. I'm thinking it actually won't hurt to have it slightly lightened up, but the thickening issue was what concerned me.

          1. re: centralpadiner

            I think you'll be perfectly fine. If it comes out too loose, puree some of it and stir it back in, or make a little extra roux with oil or butter and stir that in. But, I think it'll be fine.

        2. This is standard cooking in my kitchen 1% and half and half. I only buy whole milk if I am cooking for a crowd.

          1. I've been substituting 1% for whole for years without any consequences, so no doubt you'll be OK. But dont stores (or at least convenience stores) still sell milk in little half-pint cartons?

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            1. re: Fydeaux

              Cream yes, in my grocery store not milk. Hmm..... maybe those little plastic bottles intended for drinking on the go. I know you mean the ones sold with school lunches, but I haven't seen those in the store for years. I think I will just go with the substitution. One less extra thing to buy.