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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Replacing Cream and Half-and-Half in Low Fat Recipes

Q - I would like to slim down many of my own recipes like you do. I was wondering about what you have found to be the best substitution for heavy cream or half-and-half in a recipe. Have you ever tried using non-fat evaporated milk? I'm hoping to not lose too much flavor or consistency when substituting.

A - Depending on what I am making over, different things work for me when replacing half-and-half or cream. It will take some experimenting to get the results you are happy with but this is what has worked for me.

For creamed soups, I like to use fat free sour cream, I find the flavor works well in soups. I also like to thicken soups and gravies by making a fat free white sauce by combining flour and skim milk or flour and water in the blender, then heating it in a pan.

When baking, fat-free yogurt is a great replacement. Creamed spinach gets a make-over with low fat cream cheese. Macaroni and cheese gets slimmed down with a basic white sauce using skim milk, then adding chicken broth and reduced fat cheese.

I know a lot of people use non-fat evaporated milk in recipes but I find it changes the flavor in my recipes. I have also tried using fat-free half-and-half in recipes, but I did not like the results.

Anyone else have a favorite way they replace cream and half-and-half I haven't mentioned here?

16 comments:

Marsha said...

What a great question!! I will have to try some of these suggestions!

It is what it is said...

In case others don't know, a mixture of equal parts water and flour creates what's known as a slurry (and as you said can be used to thicken sauces/stews/soups). Depending on how much, it can be a low point but effective thickener.

I'm not so much a fan of non-fat evaporated milk, and most often use 1% milk to replace half/half. And/or, depending on how much a recipe calls for and if "richness" or mouth feel is important, I'll use 1/2 the amount of half/half and the rest 1% milk.

Linda S. said...

Fat free Greek yogurt works wonders if you need something with a thicker texture.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

It is what it is - A slurry, never knew this had a name. Thank you!

Linda, yes, I use fat-free Greek yogurt all the time. It's thick and good for you. Great in dips.

simpledaisy said...

hello.
I just wanted to pop in and say I LOVE your blogs!!!
So many fabulous recipes and information!!

katie said...

I use almond milk... it has a thick consistency and the same amount of calories as skim milk. AND it tastes the same! Win-win.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Love it Katie!!

Simpledaisy - You're welcome!

Emily said...

I use the fat free half and half for many things

indianist said...

Hi
With the help of your guide i prepared a soup which is delicious thanks for the information

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