Half & Half

Half & Half is a popular dairy product that is a blend of equal parts whole milk and light cream. It is used in a variety of recipes and food preparations because of its rich, creamy texture and mild taste. It is often used as a substitute for milk or cream, which adds a delicate creaminess to both sweet and savory dishes without being too rich or heavy. Common uses for Half & Half include coffee creamer, dessert toppings, soups and sauces, and creamy pasta dishes. It can also be used in baking, where it adds moisture and tenderness to cakes, scones, and other baked goods. Its versatility makes it a staple ingredient in many households.
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Half & Half FAQ
Coming to terms with Half & Half requires having answers to some of the most common questions that pop up when it's time to use it in your recipes. The usual problem lies in misunderstanding its creaminess levels and substitution possibilities. Half & Half is indeed lighter than heavy cream but richer than whole milk. A common mistake is replacing it with just milk or cream in recipes that call for it, which can lead to changes in texture or taste. Another frequent issue appears when trying to whip Half & Half - it simply won't get the volume and stiffness like heavy cream due to its lower fat content. To get the most out of Half & Half, use it in dishes that call for a balance of lightness and creaminess. Be aware that it can curdle at high temperatures, so slow heat or tempered methods seem to work best.
Can I substitute Half & Half for milk in coffee?
Does Half & Half taste sweet?
Can I make dairy-free Half & Half?
Can Half & Half curdle?
Can I use Half & Half instead of heavy cream?
Why can't you whip Half & Half?
Is Half & Half healthier than cream?
Can Half & Half be used in making ice cream?
What can I use as a substitute for Half & Half in recipes?
Can I use Half & Half in baking?
Expiration & Storage Tips
When does half & half expire?
Unopened half & half typically stays good for about a week past the printed date on the package when stored in the fridge. Once you’ve opened it, it's best to use it within 3 to 4 days as bacteria tends to grow quickly. Some folks also freeze half & half to extend its shelf life. In such case, it can be used for up to 4 months but the quality may degrade a bit with the cream developing ice crystals and potentially a grainy texture when thawed.
How do you tell if half & half is bad?
Spoiled half & half will smell sour, similarly to other spoiled dairy products. You may also see the liquid starting to separate or clump and could possibly have mold. If you notice an off smell, change in texture or color, or growth of mold, it's best to throw it out.
Tips for storing half & half to extend shelf life
• Always store half & half in the fridge at or below 40 °F (4 °C). • An unopened pack should go into the fridge as soon as possible and should be checked for 'best by' or 'use by' date frequently. • Once opened, make sure to close the package tightly when not in use to avoid bacteria from getting in. • Avoid storing it in the fridge door as the temperature can fluctitate due to the constant opening and closing. • If you choose to freeze it, make sure to leave some head space for expansion and shake it well before using to redistribute any fat that may have separated.
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