Milks, Creams & Dairy Alternatives descriptions
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 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.
Fermented dairy drink
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.
Cold, blended dairy-based beverage.
Any animal-based milk not otherwise explicitly defined elsewhere in the hierarchy.
Milk derived from buffalo.
Milk derived from camels.
Milk derived from goats.
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-based milk alternative.
Any plant-based milk products not otherwise explicitly defined elsewhere in the hierarchy.
Coconut-based milk alternative.
Oat-based milk alternative.
Rice-based milk alternative.
Soy-based milk alternative.
Cashew-based milk alternative.
Flax-based milk alternative.
Traditional Indian drink made with non-dairy milk, turmeric, and other spices.
Hazelnut-based milk alternative.
Hemp-based milk alternative.
Macadamia-based milk alternative.
Pea-based milk alternative.
Peanut-based milk alternative.
Pistachio-based milk alternative.
Quinoa-based milk alternative.
Walnut-based milk alternative.
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.
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 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.