Milks, Creams & Dairy Alternatives descriptions

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Dairy

The Dairy Department encompasses milk-based products, as well as some milk-alternative products (i.e. Almond milk, Soy milk, etc.), all of which are perishable and must be kept refrigerated.

Milks, Creams & Dairy Alternatives

Milks are thin, dairy-based liquid beverages. Creams are thick, dairy-based products, often used as toppings or condiments, but are also used to thicken beverages, such as coffee. Dairy alternatives are plant-based (almond, coconut, soy, etc.) products that mimic their dairy-based equivalent (plant-based cream cheese, etc.)

Creams - Animal-based

Cream is the thick white or pale yellow fatty liquid which rises to the top when milk is left to stand and can be eaten as an accompaniment to desserts, used as a cooking ingredient, or as a thickener for beverages (coffee, etc.)

Animal-based whipping creams

Thick cream with a fat content between light cream and heavy cream. Whipping cream contains between 30-35% milk fat.

Animal-based heavy creams

The thick part of milk that rises to the top due to its high fat content. It averages about 36-40% fat, making it one of the highest fat-content dairy products.

Animal-based light creams

Cream that contains between 18-30% fat. Commonly used in coffee and other rich beverages. Doesn’t have enough fat to be whipped, so it remains as a liquid.

Animal-based remaining creams

Any animal-based creams not explicitly listed in the hierarchy.

Animal-based clotted creams

A thick cream made by indirectly heating full-cream cow’s milk and then collecting the clots of cream that rise to the top. Used in cream tea, as well as on scones and crumpets.

Animal-based cooking creams

Cream used in simmering dishes, stabilized to withstand higher temperatures without curdling. Less butterfat and lighter than heavy cream.

Animal-based half & half blends

A mixture of milk and cream, commonly used as an addition to coffee drinks.

Coffee creamers

Coffee creamer is a light cream used chiefly to lighten or sweeten coffee, espresso, or tea. Coffee creamers are available as both animal- and plant-based options.

Animal-based liquid coffee creamers

Animal-based liquid coffee creamer contains dairy and is used to lighten or sweeten coffee, espresso, or tea.

Plant-based liquid coffee creamers

Unlike heavy cream and half & half, most coffee creamer is actually dairy-free. Most coffee creamers are made from a combination of water, sugar, and vegetable oil. Many flavors are available. Can be sold in a larger bottle or in individual, single-use disposable cups.

Milk products - Animal-based

Milks are thin, dairy-based liquid beverages derived from animals.

Buttermilk

Fermented dairy drink

Cow's Milk

Milk derived from cows.

Animal-based Egg Nog

Rich, chilled, sweetened dairy beverage, commonly consumed around the Christmas holiday season.

Lactose Reduced/Free Milk

Cow’s milk, with lactose (the sugar in cow’s milk) either reduced or removed completely.

Milk Shakes/Smoothies

Cold, blended dairy-based beverage.

Remaining Milk

Any animal-based milk not otherwise explicitly defined elsewhere in the hierarchy.

Buffalo's Milk

Milk derived from buffalo.

Camel's Milk

Milk derived from camels.

Goat's Milk

Milk derived from goats.

Sheep's Milk

Milk derived from sheep.

Milk Products - Plant-based

Plant-based milk products are dairy-free alternatives to animal-based milk products. This Subcategory includes many plant-based alternatives, including soy, almond, hazelnut, hemp, and more.

Almond milk

Almond-based milk alternative.

Remaining milk

Any plant-based milk products not otherwise explicitly defined elsewhere in the hierarchy.

Coconut milk

Coconut-based milk alternative.

Oat milk

Oat-based milk alternative.

Rice milk

Rice-based milk alternative.

Soy milk

Soy-based milk alternative.

Cashew milk

Cashew-based milk alternative.

Flax milk

Flax-based milk alternative.

Golden milk

Traditional Indian drink made with non-dairy milk, turmeric, and other spices.

Hazelnut milk

Hazelnut-based milk alternative.

Hemp milk

Hemp-based milk alternative.

Macadamia milk

Macadamia-based milk alternative.

Pea milk

Pea-based milk alternative.

Peanut milk

Peanut-based milk alternative.

Pistachio milk

Pistachio-based milk alternative.

Quinoa milk

Quinoa-based milk alternative.

Walnut milk

Walnut-based milk alternative.

Pecan milk

Pecan-based milk alternative.

Sour cream products

Sour cream products include both animal-based and plant-based sour creams, which are made by fermenting cream to thicken it into a final product that's used as a topping or accompaniment for many dishes.

Animal-based creme fraiche

Naturally thickened cream made with unpasteurized cream. Common in France.

Animal-based sour cream

Dairy-based condiment made by fermenting cream to thicken it into final product.

Animal-based crema

Creamy condiment similar to sour cream, but thicker. Not as thick as creme fraiche. Common in Mexican cuisine.

Plant-based sour cream

Plant-based product mimicking sour cream, a condiment made by fermenting cream to thicken it.

Plant-based crema

Plant-based product mimicking crema, a creamy condiment similar to sour cream, only thicker. Common in Mexican cuisine.

Plant-based creme fraiche

Plant-based product mimicking creme fraiche, a naturally thickened cream made with unpasteurized cream (common in France).

Creams - Plant-based

Plant-based creams mimic animal-based cream, which is is the thick white or pale yellow fatty liquid which rises to the top when milk is left to stand. Plant-based creams can be eaten as an accompaniment to desserts, used as a cooking ingredient, or as a thickener for beverages (coffee, etc.)

Plant-based clotted creams

Plant-based product mimicking clotted cream, which is a thick cream made by indirectly heating full-cream cow’s milk and then collecting the clots of cream that rise to the top. Used in cream tea, as well as on scones and crumpets.

Plant-based whipping cream

Plant-based product mimicking whipping cream, a thick cream with a fat content between light cream and heavy cream.

Plant-based cooking creams

Plant-based product mimicking cooking cream, a cream used in simmering dishes, stabilized to withstand higher temperatures without curdling.

Plant-based half & half blends

Plant-based product mimicking half & half blends, a mixture of milk and cream, commonly used as an addition to coffee drinks.

Plant-based heavy creams

Plant-based product mimicking heavy cream, which is the thick part of milk that rises to the top due to its high fat content.

Plant-based light creams

Plant-based product mimicking light cream, which is commonly used in coffee and other rich beverages. Doesn’t have enough fat to be whipped, so it remains as a liquid.