Instead of Heavy Cream, Try Coconut Milk

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ASK US: What do you recommend as a A SAVORY pareve substitute for heavy cream.

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Don’t you just hate that moment when you fall in love with a savory meat or pareve recipe only to find out that it calls for whipping cream?!? I mean, how can I add whipping cream to my chicken alfredo, savory cream sauces, fish stews and even biscuits with gravy. Yes, that’s right! I’m talking about rich fluffy biscuits with thick meaty gravy.

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The answer to this dairy conundrum is as simple as a can of natural coconut milk! Versatile coconut milk can add creamy texture to soups, rich flavor to sauces and is the perfect substitute for heavy cream in any of your favorite savory dishes. If you’re wondering about other pareve milks like soy milk and almond milk, they are just too thin to use in place of rich heavy cream so go for the good stuff and stock your pantry with canned coconut milk. I like to buy a whole case of this creamy substitute so I always have some around and those cans can sit on your pantry shelf forever! Does it get any more convenient?!? It’s really as easy as shaking a can of full fat coconut milk, opening it up and substituting measure for measure with the heavy cream in any recipe. If you have any extra coconut milk, transfer it to an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. I like to add extra coconut milk to my morning cup of coffee or stir with melted chocolate for a rich ganache but you can use yours for even more savory dishes if you want. The options are seriously endless.


What is the difference between canned coconut milk and boxed coconut milk drink? People are always asking me if they can use boxed coconut milk drink in place of canned coconut milk in a recipe and my answer is always the same…“NOPE!” Boxed coconut milk drink is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a drink. It’s often watered down and filled with additives like carrageenan, guar gum and other sweeteners and should be avoided for all cooking and baking. And if you’re wondering about using lite coconut milk since it has less fat and calories than full fat coconut milk, just know that water has been added to lite coconut milk, making it thinner and therefore not a good substitute for heavy cream.

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Here are a few brands of kosher canned coconut milk that I recommend and you can buy them all on Amazon: Native Forest, Natural Value, Roland.

These recipes are made with or can be adapted to be made with coconut milk instead of heavy cream.