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Old 10-25-2012, 08:27 AM   #11
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Thanks for the replies. It looks like most people are as confused as I am. Looking at the dietary information on the cartons I can see little difference other than the heavy has a small amount more of fat, but not a lot.

And worse, I'm sure I've gotten both at one time or another, and I can't tell the difference in cooking, or the difference is so subtle that I haven't noticed it. Most often I use it to add a creamy effect to sauces.
So it's pretty simple, then Buy the one that's on sale.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:57 AM   #12
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They're usually the same price.
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:42 AM   #13
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We use thickened cream
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:58 PM   #14
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We use thickened cream
What is it thickened with? Around here it usually thickened with guar gum, carrageenan, or microcrystalline cellulose.

I don't think those hold up well to heat.

We once had a French chef come to Montreal to cook some fancy meal (I think it was for Queen Elizabeth). He was horrified when he tried using our cream. It didn't work right. The highest butter fat content we could get back then was 35%. He had some French cream air transported to Montreal to make the meal.
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:33 AM   #15
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I dont know Taxy...we just get 2 types of cream...cooking cream which is thinner and cant be whipped and thickened cream which is a thicker cream, but I would say not as thick as double cream
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I dont know Taxy...we just get 2 types of cream...cooking cream which is thinner and cant be whipped and thickened cream which is a thicker cream, but I would say not as thick as double cream
Don't they list the ingredients on the container?
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:15 PM   #17
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Cream is classified by fat content and is regulated by the US Dept. Of Agriculture.

According to USDA regulations:

half and half contains 10.518% fat
light cream and sour cream contain 1830% fat
light whipping cream (often called simply "whipping cream") contains 3036% fat
heavy cream contains a minimum of 36% fat
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Cream is classified by fat content and is regulated by the US Dept. Of Agriculture.

According to USDA regulations:

half and half contains 10.518% fat
light cream and sour cream contain 1830% fat
light whipping cream (often called simply "whipping cream") contains 3036% fat
heavy cream contains a minimum of 36% fat
That's good to know, if you live in the US, but some of those terms are used outside the US and may not conform.

Sour cream in the US has 18-30% butterfat!? Wow! Most of the stuff I see is 14%. There is one that is only 5% and not called light, because it doesn't have any additives. The one I usually buy, at the health food store, is 19% butterfat and it's sort of yellowish on account of all that fat.
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Don't they list the ingredients on the container?
They do, but we dont have any in right now...we try to avoid cream as much as possible
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...we try to avoid cream as much as possible
But why???
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