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USA heavy cream vs UK double cream

I'm so glad to see that this discussion has taken off again -especially as we are planning to be in Florida in February.
Thanks to everyone who has replied......
but I think I will continue to struggle to find something like our UK double cream. I shall certainly seek out "devoted local dairies" - any help with this will be much appreciated and will also check out Wholefoods and other quality supermarkets etc. However I have tried to do this on every US trip (most recently to Hawaii) without success. Oh well - the search/challenge continues!

Nov 17, 2013
BevRS in General Topics

USA heavy cream vs UK double cream

Thanks DougRisk. Tell you what, though... the imported Double Cream will definitely have been ultra heat treated because of the long journey from the UK. Thanks for all your advice.

May 03, 2012
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USA heavy cream vs UK double cream

Thanks, benenberi. This is a challenge - next time we're in Florida I shall work hard on sourcing non-UHT milk and cream!

May 03, 2012
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USA heavy cream vs UK double cream

Thanks Karl. Yes, raw milk and cream is also rare in the UK. Our fresh cream and milk that is available in supermarkets etc is gently pasteurised, so that the flavour is hardly affected at all. Of course the distances such products travel are much shorter than in the US. However, next time we're there I shall regard it as a bit of a challenge to see if I can find a similar product.

May 03, 2012
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USA heavy cream vs UK double cream

Thanks, MonMauler. Dinner at your place sounds fun..... Apple pie and cheddar is not unheard of in the UK - also eating fresh apples with cheese.
The thing about heavy cream is the flavour - it just doesn't taste fresh because of the pasteurisation process. Also the difference in fat content also affects the flavour. Do you know, the best cream I've found in the US is a good sour cream. thanks for your interesting reply - and good luck with the home-made cheese.....

May 02, 2012
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USA heavy cream vs UK double cream

Thanks, Caitlin - that's really interesting and helpful. I have always thought that there must be places like the organic dairies you describe. We usually spend time in Florida each year, so I've just checked out Trader Joe's website - they have a store in the Sarasota area so I'll definitely go there next time! Thanks again for your help!

May 02, 2012
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USA heavy cream vs UK double cream

Thanks for your reply, Dulcie. At the risk of sounding a bit UK-centered, I don't understand why Americans put up with this awful stuff. I loathe the flavour of UHT milk etc, and heavy cream has that taste. My husband thinks the problem may be that stuff has to travel so far in the States before reaching the stores, and so has to be "preserved" by the UHT process. I cannot believe that there is not a dairy producer within a reasonable distance of any store or supermarket in the whole of Florida (which is where we usually spend time). Oh dear, I think I'm ranting. Sorry. But thanks again for your reply. And enjoy the cream when you're in the UK!!

May 02, 2012
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USA heavy cream vs UK double cream

I am British but sometimes spend a few weeks in the US. All I can get in stores there is "heavy cream" which is heat-treated and tastes horrible as a result....
In the UK we can get fresh double cream (which is, as the title suggests, fresh, and pasteurised, but not ultra heat treated like heavy cream). It has a higher fat content than heavy cream - it is delicious and readily available.
I wonder whether there is anywhere (dairies, delicatessens, farms?) where it's possible to get cream that hasn't been through the ultra heat treating process with the subsequent flavor issue?
Any help on this would be much appreciated.

May 02, 2012
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Good fresh meat and fish in Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda Florida

Over from the UK, renting a house in Punta Gorda for a month. We were looking forward to finding some great fish and seafood to cook, also great steaks. Where can we buy this stuff? The only food stores we've found are Publix, Wal-Mart etc. where the meat is not wonderful and the fish all seems to be imported or frozen or both. Please help!

Jan 02, 2010
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