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What is cream?

About the ingredient cream. Including 4,106 recipes with cream, nutrition data, and where to find it.



Cream is a dairy product that is composed of the higher-butterfat layer skimmed from the top of milk before homogenization. In un-homogenized milk, over time, the lighter fat rises to the top. In the industrial production of cream this process is accelerated by using centrifuges called "separators".

In many countries, cream is sold in several grades depending on the total butterfat content. Cream can be dried to a powder for shipment to distant markets.

Cream skimmed from milk may be called "sweet cream" to distinguish it from whey cream skimmed from whey, a by-product of cheese-making. Whey cream has a lower fat content and tastes more salty, tangy and "cheesy".

Cooking with

Cream is used as an ingredient in many foods, including ice cream, many sauces, soups, stews, puddings, and some custard bases, and is also used for cakes. Irish cream is an alcoholic liqueur which blends cream with whiskey and coffee. Cream is also used in curries such as masala dishes.

Cream (usually light/single cream or half and half) is often added to coffee.

For cooking purposes, both single and double cream can be used in cooking, although the former can separate when heated, usually if there is a high acid content.

Most UK chefs always use double cream or full-fat crème fraîche when cream is added to a hot sauce, to prevent any problem with it separating or "splitting".

In sweet and savoury custards such as those found in flan fillings, crème brûlées and crème caramels, both types of cream are called for in different recipes depending on how rich a result is called for. It is useful to note that double cream can also be thinned down with water to make an approximation of single cream if necessary.



Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (240g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 468Calories from Fat 417
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 46.3g 71%
Saturated Fat 28.8g 144%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 8.8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0.3
Protein 6.5g
Vitamin A 31% Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 23% Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Cream is usually found in the dairy section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Cream is a member of the Dairy and Egg Products US Department of Agriculture nutritional food group.

How much does cream weigh?

Measure Grams
1 cup 240
1 tbsp 15
1 fl oz 30
1 container, individual 11

In Chinese:奶油
British (UK) term: Cream
en français:la crème
en español:la crema

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