What is manufacturing cream?

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Manufacturing Cream is cream with a fat content at or above 40% (most heavy cream sold in grocery stores tops out at around 36% percent fat).

This higher fat content gives the cream better flavor, a smoother texture, a lower risk of curdling or burning, and more stability when whipped or churned.  Because of this, it is usually free from the artificial stablizers often added to lighter creams.

While most home chefs have never seen manufacturing cream in stores (unless they shop at wholesale warehouse stores or restaurant supply stores), they’ve almost certainly consumed it in ultra-premium ice cream or fine-dining restaurant cream sauces, soups & desserts.  Like real butter and more salt, manufacturing cream is one of the simple secrets of fabulous restaurant food.

Though it may take some effort, consider tracking some down for your next homemade dessert.  It won’t necessarily be better for you, but it will be tastier!

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3 Responses to “What is manufacturing cream?”

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    cathi says:

    where is manufacturing cream sold?

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    Matthew says:

    Hi Cathi,

    Manufacturing cream is usually for sale through restaurant distributors, restaurant supply stores and other wholesale stores where restaurants shop.

    If you’re a consumer, your best bets are to:

    A) Check your local wholesale club warehouse store (like Costco). It’s almost certainly not going to be labeled “manufacturing cream,” but see if they have any heavy cream labeled with a fat content of at least 40%….that’s the stuff.
    B) Call around to the restaurant supply stores in your area. Some of them will sell to people without business licenses. Many only sell equipment, not ingredients…but if you find one that carries both, and will sell to you, they may have it or be able to get it.
    C) Beg any buddies you might have in the independent foodservice biz to order you a bottle or two in their next distributor order.

    You might also be able to get some from a local dairy that sells to consumers, but would probably have to special order it.

    Good luck! Let us know what you make with it!


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    Brad says:

    Found some at Smart and Final. I didn’t know what it was so I looked it up 🙂