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5 New Ways to Use Half-and-Half: Not Just for Coffee

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We all love to use half-and-half in our morning coffee, but do you know all the other ways to use this versatile ingredient? There’s probably more than you think!

If you have a sweet tooth and are looking for more ways to get the most out of the half-and-half already sitting in your refrigerator, keep reading to find out three, new ways to incorporate it into your favorite recipes.

 


Homemade Ice Cream

Most ice cream recipes require part cream and part half-and-half. However, we suggest using only half-and-half instead. Not only does this switch in ingredients make the process easier, but it also makes the homemade ice cream a little less rich in flavor. It’s the perfect ingredient for tangy ice cream recipes like Sour Cherry Almond Ice Cream.

 


Creamy Cocktails

White Russian anyone? Yes, please! Traditionally made with vodka, coffee liquor, and heavy cream—this is another great time to put your half-and-half to good use. Switch out the heavy cream for half-and-half, stir over ice, and enjoy!

 


Ganache

Chocolate ganache can be used as an icing for cake, filling for pastries, topping for ice cream, or fondue. The recipe usually calls for heavy cream, but half-and-half works just as well.

Bring the half-and-half to a simmer on the stove (stirring occasionally). Remove from the heat and pour over chocolate chips, making sure all the chips are covered. Place a lid on top to trap in the heat, and then let it sit for 5 minutes. Swirl the mixture with a whisk until it’s velvety smooth. Let it sit uncovered for 12-15 minutes before enjoying it with your favorite dessert.

 

Pasta or Pan Sauce

If you're making a basic, pan-fried chicken breast, and you've deglazed the pan to pick up all the yummy brown bits, pour in a splash of half and half. You'll have a richer, more show-stopping sauce just like that. As for pasta, a little half and half goes well with tomatoes, helps the sauce coat the pasta, and adds dimension. You don't have to create a cream sauce, per se, or even get the sauce to turn milky. Just a few tablespoons.

 

Creamy Scrambled Eggs

Add a little half and half to your eggs as you scramble them on the stovetop. Add a few tablespoons to the beaten eggs and then cook slowly over low heat (which is better for making creamy eggs, half and half or no). This method is great for keeping your scrambled eggs soft and fluffy.


Do you know any other recipes that can use half-and-half as one of its main ingredients? Let us know!


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