Single cream is made from fresh unpasteurised milk. It has a smooth texture and a rich taste. It can be used in soups, sauces or drizzled over desserts to balance out strong flavours. Single cream should be kept in the fridge should be used between 1 or 2 days of purchasing.
Single cream nutrition
Single cream is very high in fat, it contains 19.10g each 100g. It contains levels of potassium, vitamins A and B12. Vitamin A helps control healthy cell growth, protects your sight, and helps improve your immune system. While vitamin B12 helps your blood cells to stay healthy. Per 100ml of single cream, there are about 195 calories.
Single cream in cooking
Single cream is a wonderful and versatile ingredient, is used in a wide range of both sweet and savoury recipes. Adding it to pasta sauces will enrich the texture and completely change the taste. It is also fantastic in soup or simply poured over some fresh fruit.
Single cream cannot be whipped because its fat content is too low (19.10g per 100ml). It will curdle if boiled.
Single cream alternatives
Double cream is much thicker and heavier than single cream as the fat content it much higher, meaning it can be whipped. It is better to use single cream if you want a lighter texture.
You can use double cream as an alternative to single cream by adding a little milk or water and mixing until it is the desired consistency. Another substitute to single cream is crème fraiché, but remember the taste of your dish may be altered slightly.
You can also easily find lactose free alternatives for those who are lactose intolerant.