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Old 11-18-2011, 05:15 PM   #1
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Question Cream vs. Milk

Can anyone tell me the benefits to using cream instead of milk, particular in dishes such as macaroni and cheese, or in something like biscuits? Does cream change the texture of the food, or provide a better flavor? Just how versatile is cream?

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Old 11-18-2011, 06:25 PM   #2
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Cream adds a nice, rich flavor and mouth feel to casseroles and other dishes. A cup of coffee with skim milk, meh. Same coffee with cream, yum. I try not to use it too much because of the fat content.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:29 PM   #3
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The short answer is that cream provides creaminess.

We always have it in the fridge. I use it in coffee (can't stand fake creamer) and like to sometimes add just a splash to sauces or egg dishes. A little goes a long way.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:42 PM   #4
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Cream is the part of whole milk that the health freaks avoid like the plague,
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:10 PM   #5
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Cream is the part of whole milk that the health freaks avoid like the plague,
I don't think that's necessarily true. I eat pretty healthy, but have no problem with cream in small amounts. You might be surprised to find that some of us "health freaks" also use lard and butter in our cooking.

All things in moderation.
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:42 PM   #6
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I don't think that's necessarily true. I eat pretty healthy, but have no problem with cream in small amounts. You might be surprised to find that some of us "health freaks" also use lard and butter in our cooking.

All things in moderation.
Guess you're not a bona fide health 'freak'.
It's tough to make a quart of rich ice cream with a small amount of heavy cream.
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:47 PM   #7
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Taste. However in mixing biscuits, if you use heavy cream, you probably don't have to cut in shortening since the cream has fat in it. Makes for an easy batch of biscuits.
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:36 PM   #8
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Cream biscuits are ridiculously easy and really tasty!
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:32 AM   #9
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The difference is FAT.

It provides a richer taste and mouthfeel.
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