Cream

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1. Cream is a dairy product that is the higher-fat layer skimmed from the top of raw milk before homogenization. It is sold in several grades depending on fat content.

In the US, it is usually sold as:

  • Half-and-half (12% fat)
  • Whipping cream and whipped cream (30%)
  • Heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream (36%)

Also common in the US is "sour cream", which is has been subjected to a bacterial culture that produces lactic acid, producing a sour taste, and that thickens the cream as well.

In the UK, it is usually sold as:

  • Half cream (12%)
  • (Single cream or Light cream (18%)
  • Whipping cream (35%)
  • Double cream (48%)

In the UK, "clotted cream" is a very high fat (55%) product processed with heat.

"Crème fraîche" (a French product, available in some markets elsewhere) is a heavy cream slightly soured with bacterial culture, but not as sour or as thick as American sour cream. Mexican "crema" (or "cream espesa") is similar.

Ice cream is made with milk and cream and flavorings, frozen while stirring to limit the size of the ice crystals. Premium ice creams usually contain more milk fat.


2. Cream was also the name of a seminal 1960s rock band which featured the guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker.

Discography

  • Fresh Cream
  • Wheels of Fire
  • Disraeli Gears
  • Live Cream
  • Live Cream Volume 2
  • Goodbye Cream