If you don’t have half-and-half on hand or if you’re looking for a substitute due to dietary restrictions, there are a few alternatives you can use. Half-and-half is a combination of equal parts whole milk and light cream, typically used to add richness to coffee, tea, or recipes. Down below, are 5 amazing substitutes!
1. Whole Milk and Heavy Cream Blend
Mix equal parts whole milk and heavy cream to create a substitute for half-and-half. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup of half-and-half, you can use 1/2 cup of whole milk and 1/2 cup of heavy cream.
2. Milk and Butter
Combine whole milk with melted unsalted butter to approximate the richness of half-and-half. Use a ratio of about 3/4 cup of milk to 1/4 cup of melted butter.
3. Milk and Yogurt
Mix whole milk with plain yogurt to create a substitute. Use a ratio of about 2/3 cup of milk to 1/3 cup of yogurt.
4. Evaporated Milk
Dilute evaporated milk with water to achieve a consistency similar to half-and-half. A 1:1 ratio of evaporated milk to water is a good starting point.
5. Milk and Cornstarch
Combine whole milk with a small amount of cornstarch to thicken it slightly. Heat the mixture until it thickens, creating a substitute for half-and-half.
Remember to adjust these substitutes based on your specific needs and the intended use in your recipe. Keep in mind that while these alternatives can mimic the richness of half-and-half, they may have slightly different flavors and textures, so it’s a good idea to taste and adjust as necessary.
If you successfully use any of these half and half substitutes in a recipe, comment down below and let us know how it turned out!