Cooking with Creams | Which is Best for Your Next Meal?
Cooking with cream can be intimidating for beginners. There’s different types and flavors, making it quite difficult to understand which is best for your recipe. When you get it just right though, the outcome is extremely delicious.
Cream is used for more than just creating desserts. Creams are used in more meals than your might expect—pastas, curries, casseroles, mashed potatoes, and more.
So how do you tell the difference between the cream you add in your coffee and he cream you use to cook with? Keep reading. To sort this all out, we’re talking about the differences between whipping cream and heavy cream as well as which one might be right for your next meal.
Cooking with Whipping Cream
Team whipping cream had a ton of reasons why it was number one, and these were hard to argue with! Whipping cream is lower in fat content, frothier and lighter which leads to less richness in dishes. It mixes well with a stunning array of delicious ingredients and is as comfortable mixing with jello in a parfait dish as it is sitting on top of your pumpkin pie.
In one of our newest meal kits from Munchies, Chocolate Mousse, whipping cream is literally the ingredient that brings it all together into a perfect example of velvety chocolate goodness. It also lends itself well to exotic flavors such as the Creamy Chicken Korma with Cilantro Rice and Naan where it evens out the strong mix of spices into a smoother experience for your palate.
Cooking with Heavy Cream
Don't sleep on heavy cream. Its partisans will tell you right off the bat that it is a sinful experience, but that is what makes it so great.
Less frothy and more solid than its cousin from the other side of the grocery aisle, it really shines in sauces where its high-fat content and volume prevents curdling and results in a pleasing texture, whether it is steaming hot or has been given a chance to cool.
It is versatile when used for baking, making incredibly moist biscuits and muffins. When used similarly to whipping cream, it holds its shape longer and is an outstanding topping for pastries and other baked goods.
Comparing Heavy Cream and Whipping Cream
What a delicious dilemma. We have to admit that this is the toughest decision we have ever had to make... so we choose both! There is a lot of overlap in recipes and either cream can make a dessert that is out of this world.
Just remember that they may be used the same, but they need to be prepared differently. Whipping cream is often best when you don't have as much time to devote to a recipe, but with a little bit more time and patience, heavy cream can make you more than glad that you took the extra time.