How to Substitute Dairy Products

Here are some tips for effectively substituting dairy products.

Substituting dairy ingredients can get dicey. Can you replace milk with diluted half-and-half? Is there even a suitable substitute for heavy cream? We'll tell you what subs work the best.

SUBSTITUTING FOR WHOLE MILK AND HALF-AND-HALF

Use these formulas to substitute one dairy product for another.

To Replace: 1 cup whole milk - 5⁄8 cup skim milk + 3⁄8 cup half-and-half - 2⁄3 cup 1% milk + 1⁄3 cup half-and-half - 3⁄4 cup 2% milk + 1⁄4 cup half-and-half - 7⁄8 cup skim milk + 1⁄8 cup heavy cream

To Replace: 1 cup half-and-half - 3⁄4 cup whole milk + 1⁄4 cup heavy cream - 2⁄3 cup skim or low-fat milk + 1⁄3 cup heavy cream

SUBSTITUTING FOR HEAVY CREAM

Evaporated milk can be used in place of heavy cream in soups and sauces, but is not suitable for whipping or baking recipes.

To Replace: 1 cup heavy cream - 1 cup evaporated milk

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