How to Make Half-and-Half With Plain Milk

By Katie Jensen

Cream, heavy cream, half-and-half and whole milk differ in the amount of butterfat they contain, though they all come from cow's milk. Heavy cream, also labeled whipping cream, has a minimum of 30 to 40 percent butterfat. Half-and-half is 10.5 percent butterfat, while whole milk is 3.5 percent and butter is nearly 100 percent. There is a scant amount of water in the butter. Make half-and-half with whole milk and additional butterfat.

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Plain milk has a lower butterfat content than half-and-half.

Add Butter

Step 1

Measure 7/8 cup of whole milk.

Step 2

Measure 1/2 tbsp. melted butter

Step 3

Mix together to make 1 cup of half-and-half. Use in recipes such as sauces and baking where it doesn't matter if the butter separates from the milk.

Heavy Cream

Step 4

Measure 1/4 cup heavy cream.

Step 5

Measure 3/4 cup whole milk.

Step 6

Combine to make 1 cup of half-and-half.