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Cream

Freeze? Yes
In season All year
Store In the fridge
Contains fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E & K
A swirl of whipped cream on a small plate

Cream is a dairy product made from the higher-fat layer that is skimmed during milk production. It comes in a variety of different forms such as single, double and whipping cream which can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. Cream adds a touch of richness to dishes such as currys and soups and helps to create a smoother consistency to the dish.

How to store

How to store fresh cream

Cream should be stored in the fridge.

Freezing cream

You can freeze cream for up to 3 months.

Cream Top tips

How to freeze and defrost

To freeze: Whip leftover fresh cream before you freeze it to prevent it becoming grainy when thawed. Double cream will freeze better than single.

To defrost: When you take food or drink out of the freezer, it’s important to defrost it safely. Don’t defrost at room temperature. Ideally, defrost fully in the fridge and use within 24 hours. Or, use a microwave on the defrost setting directly before use.

Be fabulous with leftovers

Add leftover cream to potatoes for extra indulgent mashed potato, or use up in sauces and soups.

Buying tips

Buy the right pack size for your needs. Think about whether you’ll get through the whole carton before the Use By date and how long you have to use the food once the pack has been opened. If you’re not going to eat it all in time, freeze some for later.

Perfect portions

Use our portion calculator for a quick and simple way to check how much of this food to serve at mealtimes.

Valuing your Cream beyond the price tag

Goodness in food

Your food is more than its shape, colour and price. Your food has an important role to play to help keep you healthy and with enough energy to live your life how you wish to.

  • Cream is high in saturated fats which can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood. This could increase your risk of developing heart disease so cream should be used sparingly.
  • It contains fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E & K which helps with vision, bone health and immune function.

Food story

By the time your food arrives in your home, it’s already been on quite a journey starting with how it is made or grown and how your food reaches the supermarket. 

So please help our food to finish its story in the most sustainable way, ensuring the planet’s resources that’s already used are put to good use. Take care of your food when it’s in your home and ensure every edible morsel is eaten - and that your food doesn’t end up in the bin! 

Why not try these delicious recipes to use up Cream

A delicious, quick and easy recipe for sea bass which is good for using up leftover single cream and lemon.

Two ses bass cooking in a frying pan with herbs

If you want another idea for using up leftover cream, this one's quick and simple. If you don't have quite enough cream, then crème fraiche or whole milk can be used to top up to what you need.

a rich dish of cauliflower covered in a creamy cheese sauce

Comfort food at its best by award-winning chef Neil Forbes of Café St Honore in Edinburgh.

two slices of crisp toasted bread topped with sliced mushrooms