For bakers and other people who are making lovely desserts, heavy cream is an important ingredient that makes pies and custards attractive to look at and makes customers or family members dig in because of its deliciousness. All of us are addicted to it.

Now, if you’re indeed a fan of heavy cream, two things are likely to happen after using some of it for a recipe: either it gets poured down the drain wasted, or it is left on the fridge for so long that we forget all about it. As the time comes that we need to stock on food, including this common kitchen ingredient, you might want to know how long it lasts to avoid food waste and adhere to food safety. A quick note: check the label and base on the pack’s best before date.

The Secret of Heavy Cream

Not because heavy cream consists of milk, it should be thrown away immediately because of its spoilage risk. That’s overreacting! Heavy cream lasts longer than you expected it to be, and there’s no need to throw away any leftovers. In fact, there are many types of heavy cream, depending on how the manufacturer prepares it.

Cake with whipped heavy cream

Pasteurisation is a process common in preparing milk for commercial production. Therefore, most of the heavy cream you can buy at grocery stores has a longer shelf life; they are UHT (Ultra-High Temperature) heavy creams that keep it fresh and stable. This is different from the lightly pasteurised heavy cream of a local dairy. With milk being a possible breeding ground for bacteria, the cream is separated from the milk’s butterfat layer using a centrifuge. It is then pasteurised to reduce the number of bacteria in the milk.

Nasty events can happen if milk or heavy cream isn’t pasteurised as bacteria or fungi can grow into it, affecting the consistency and taste of heavy cream. But deadly bacteria can also grow on milk products such as Listeria monocytogenes, Yersinia enterocolitica, E. coli, and Salmonella species, which can lead to diarrhea, worse, miscarriages for pregnant women. Pasteurization not only prolongs milk products’ shelf life but also reduces the risk of bacteria.

How Long Can Heavy Cream Sit Out?

Being a key ingredient to our favourite pastries, it is quite confusing whether to buy a big can of heavy cream or get tired of buying small packs. To at least shed light on the confusion, it is important to note some of these key points.
Packs of heavy cream would always have expiration dates on them, and it is standard knowledge that once you opened a heavy cream, it is more at risk to spoil. The quality of the cream itself, what’s in the fridge, or your area’s temperature are all variables that affect its shelf life.

Storing and Using Leftover Heavy Cream

Properly storing leftover heavy cream can prolong its life and save us time during the preparations of ingredients. Read on about some tips in storing heavy cream.

Whipped heavy cream

Determining Spoiled Heavy Cream

In case your store-bought heavy cream had been in the fridge too long, and you’re wondering if it’s still good for consumption, read on for some indications of spoilage:

The Takeaways

Heavy cream is a vulnerable ingredient that we need to know how to handle. Listed are the takeaways from this article:

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