It is no secret that if you are on a keto diet, there is a good chance that the foods you are consuming will eventually began to taste a little bland. This is why so many keto recipes include some type of cream or similar extra.
Whether it be Devon cream, clotted cream, double cream, Cornish cream, or one of the other many varieties, cream is on e of the most popular food items that is also keto-friendly. It’s so popular that you can even find it in your grocery stores aisles, in your favorite magazines, at online stores, and even all over social media.
With all of the cream options available, what is a keto dieter to do? As of late, there has been a lot of buzz around a particular type of keto-friendly cream, it is called double cream and you can make it yourself in the comfort of your own kitchen if you so wish. But first, what is double cream?
So what Exactly is Double Cream?
More commonly referred to as heavy cream throughout North America, double cream is essentially a type of thick, dairy cream. Usually having more than 48% of milk fat content, it is one of the thickest types of creams that you can get in regards to the amount of butterfat content it has.
Make no mistakes about it, while people in North America normally generalize different types of whipped creams as being real heavy creams, these same types of creams generally only contain no more than 36% butterfat content, far less than that of double cream.
To get double cream, you must first separate the butterfat and the milk by using some sort of centrifugal force.
This separation process helps to make double cream have an extremely rich, thick consistency, which makes it one of the better options to use on all sorts of different savory dishes, various fruit salads, and a variety of different desserts, especially those that contain fruit. In fact, the rich flavor of double cream is like the perfect combination of whipped cream, cream cheese, and butter.
Unfortunately, if you were to purchase the better brands of double cream, it would normally be coming from the UK. This means that there are going to be shipping fees that will increase the cost. But do not fear, there is a solution that will allow you to enjoy the delicious, rich flavor of double cream, but without breaking the bank on shipping fees.
Making Double Cream at Home
If you are going to make double cream at home, you are going to need the right tools. You are going to need butter, which is going to be the solid, as well as milk, or as close to pure milk fat as you can get. To do this, all you are going to do is separate the liquid part of the milk from its fat portion.
All you are going to be doing is taking the butter and putting it back into the milk. While this may sound simple, it is not as simple as it sounds.
If you have ever tried to stir milk and butter together to make a cream, you are actually only going to form the opposite of that, butter. The butter is going to float on top of the milk. When you start shaking this combination, it is only going to lead to the fats in the butter and milk clinging together. So to really make this mixture happen, you are going to need to invest in some sort of cream maker.
While cram makers have been around for a while, it is not the type of thing that you are simply going to walk into your local supermarket to pick up. That doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get one though. You can always find them on websites like eBay or Amazon, as well as potentially at a local store that sells kitchen and cooking equipment.
As soon as you are able to secure yourself a cream maker, it is time to get down to business and get started working on your homemade double cream.
First off, you are going to want to get all of the ingredients that you’ll need to make this happen. Luckily there are only two ingredients:
- 5 ounces of unsalted butter
- 4 ounces/100 ml of milk (you can also substitute heavy whipping cream, but be sure that you observe the ratios and adjust the amount of butter as needed)
Once you have all your ingredients, it’s time to get started:
- Take the ingredients and place them into a small pan that you can heat to roughly 80 degrees Celsius.
- After the butter has melted, mix the combination with a spoon and pour all of the mixture into your cream maker.
- With one hand, you are going to firmly secure the cream maker so that it doesn’t move. With the other hand, start to pump the cream maker handle in an up and down motion. Be sure to use considerable force, but be careful that you don’t spill any of the mixture.
- Enjoy you double cream!
If you are pumping the cream maker and nothing starts to come out into the underneath chamber, don’t worry. If that is the case, simply stop your pumping, take the lid off of the base and loosen the nut on the nozzle. Reassemble the cream maker and then start pumping again. You should start to see your double cream start to come out in smaller portion sizes, normally with each thrust. Now it will take a while for you to get all of the cream formed, so be patient with the process and focus on the rich, cream reward ahead.
If that process sounds like it may be too much work, there is a quicker, alternative method to making double cream at home.
Alternative Method to Making Double Cream at Home
While the original method to making double cream is always going to be the best, this alternative method is going to save you a lot of time.
Take your milk and butter mixture from above, and place it not a high-speed blender. Turn it on and let it blend together for about one minute.
After the minute is up, you will notice that there is some emulsification in the blender. Simply allow it a few minutes so that it can settle down. Once it does, congratulations! You just made double cream.
When you are on a keto or low-carb diet, the foods you eat can become quite bland. When this happens, it can cause you to question what you are doing and even put thoughts of stopping into your head. When you are able to add certain creams to your diet to freshen up the taste of the food you eat, it can be motivational and rewarding.
Just remember that creams are your friends when it comes to keto. Using a heavy cream will help you get the healthy fats you need, but without requiring you to skimp out on the flavor. Since double cream just happens to be one of the richest creams that are available to make or purchase, it only makes sense to utilize its rich flavor and consistency to help you reach your weight loss goals. Just remember to use your double cream sparingly on new foods that you haven’t tried it on before. This way you will make sure that you use just the right amount to really take your meal to the next level!