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Old 11-30-2007, 01:23 PM   #1
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Fat free 1/2 & 1/2?

I like to cut calories and fat where I can, but I cannot, will not, do it at the expense of taste. Every time I try a reduced or fat free dairy product, (except 1% milk thats fine) I usually have wasted 3 bucks, it goes straight to the trash most times. So...
Is fat free 1/2 & 1/2 the same? I just want to try it in a soup next time. But if I will be ruining the whole pot, I'll skip it. Anyone have any opinions?

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Old 11-30-2007, 01:29 PM   #2
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Sorry, Suzi, I haven't seen it here.
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Old 11-30-2007, 02:48 PM   #3
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Fat free half and half is an oxymoron.

Also, check the label. They add sugar, sometimes in the form of HFCS, to make up for the fat (most reduced fat foods do). So you are trading fat calories for sugar calories, to a certain extent.

Also most brands add carageenan or other gums to give it a richer mouthfeel; some brands also load theirs up with chemicals.

Rather than use it, why not use real milk? Or use real 1/2 and 1/2 and cut down on the fat from another part of your meal?
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Old 11-30-2007, 03:02 PM   #4
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I suppose I already have cut fat alot from what it was, originally it was 2 cups cream, which was way too thick for me, so I used 2 c h&h, but last night I did 1.5 c h&h and the rest 1% milk. This is Cream of chicken / wild rice soup BTW....
It also had 1/2 c butter, I use 1/4. It's still one of my best soups (pat myself on the back) but I was just wondering how much farther I could go with it. Maybe I'll just leave well enough alone!
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I've had it once or twice (never bought it) and I thought it had an odd quality to it. I guess that's ok when you are using a small amount in coffee, but I would worry about soup.

Ever thought about evaporated milk? I don't use this trick, but it's a well-known fat free (or low fat) sub for cream.

Your soup sounds yummy, btw. You are lucky to live in the Land O' Wild Rice. It's sort hard to find here and pricey.

Maybe post the recipe in the soup thread?
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LOL I just had another bowl for lunch, it IS good!
I'll give ya the recipe if you want.
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I'm not sure I would try the fat free 1/2 and 1/2 in the soup but I did use it in some irish cream I made a few days ago and you cannot taste a difference at all. BTW, the soup sounds good - I would love the recipe.
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Old 11-30-2007, 05:32 PM   #8
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Jen hit the nail on the head. It's awful stuff. For those occasions I make a recipe that calls for cream, I use the real thing and consider it a treat.
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Old 11-30-2007, 06:10 PM   #9
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Here ya go.... I've never really shared a recipe with other than family and friends, I'm always afraid someone won't like it. That's why I never became a chef like I wanted to..... I can't take critisizm too well. If you don't like it just don't tell me please!!!!!

Maybe I should make this a new thread, but if they want it that way it will go that way.

Here goes nuthin!!!

Suzi's Minnesota Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

1/2 lb bacon, chopped
1 1/2 cup diced carrot
1 1/2 cup diced celery
1 1/2 cup chopped onion
4 cloves minced garlic (or to taste, as is everything)
3-4 cups diced cooked chicken
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
8 cups chicken broth
3-4 cups cooked wild rice (I make rice 1 cup rice, 3 cups water, use it all)
2 cups 1/2 and 1/2
salt and pepper to taste

Will need a large soup pot, dutch oven is too small.

Render bacon til crisp, remove from pot, leave drippings.
Cook carrot, celey, onion til just soft, add garlic, cook 1-2 more min.
Add butter and melt, add flour and cook 2-3 min.
Add broth, bacon and chicken, simmer 5 min.
Add cream and rice, heat thru, add salt and pepper to taste.

and as my Italian neighbors once said.....

MANGIA ANTONY!!!

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Old 11-30-2007, 06:54 PM   #10
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I don't recall seeing fat-free half-and-half in my area stores. I use so little of it that when a recipe calls for it, I use the real thing. As Andy said, I consider dishes with higher calorie ingredients "treats."

When I lived in Minnesota I had a friend who was a Chippewa Indian. Cedric frequently brought me bags of wild rice. I miss those days.
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