Avoid rushing out to the grocery store with these easy substitutes for heavy cream.

By Kelly Vaughan
Updated March 11, 2019
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Heavy cream is a common ingredient found in both sweet and savory recipes—but there are heavy cream substitutes if you need one. Perhaps you're cooking for someone who is vegan, or maybe you get halfway through your recipe before you realize you're out of this key ingredient. Heavy cream contains between 36 and 40 percent milkfat, which is double the amount found in half-and-half. While milk or half-and-half can sometimes fill the dairy void, it’s hard to achieve the same richness and decadence that heavy cream offers. While these heavy cream substitutes don’t work well for making whipped cream, they’re the perfect alternative in most other recipes.

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