If there is one ingredient that almost always goes bad in my fridge, it’s half-and-half. When I need it for some recipe, I always buy the small container, yet there is usually some left over. Since I hate wasting food, and I love finding new recipes, I have decided to come up with a list of foods I can make with leftover half-and-half.
Here are 19 yummy ways to use up leftover half-and-half. For each recipe below, I will list the amount of half-and-half you need, the other ingredients required, and how many people it serves. Hopefully it will save you from clicking on a bunch of links to finally find the one recipe you can make without running to the store!
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Broccoli and Cheddar Mini Frittatas from A Sprinkle of This and That
Butter, eggs, salt, pepper, broccoli, and cheddar cheese
Glazed Funfetti Muffins from Cooking Classy
Flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, butter, vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla extract, almond extract, milk, sprinkles, and powdered sugar
Makes 12 muffins
Overnight Crème Brulee French Toast from Carlsbad Cravings
1 1/2 cups
Butter, brown sugar, French bread, eggs, pure maple syrup, vanilla, orange extract, salt, and cinnamon
Creamy Hot Cocoa from Allrecipes
Unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, salt, milk, and vanilla
Creamy pink lemonade from Bubbly Nature Creations
1 1/2 cups
Fresh lemon juice, sugar, raspberries, and vanilla extract
Makes 2 quarts
Italian Sodas from Like Mother Like Daughter
Flavored syrups, crushed ice, and lemon-lime soda
Tastes Just Like Ice Cream Smoothie from Humble in a Heartbeat
Milk, sugar, vanilla, banana, ice, and other fruit (optional)
Bowtie Chicken Alfredo from The Pioneer Woman
Bowtie pasta, butter, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, salt, pepper, garlic, dry white wine (or chicken broth), heavy cream, parmesan, parsley
Chicken and Dumplings from The Pioneer Woman
1 1/2 cup
Butter, olive oil, flour, whole chicken, salt, pepper, carrots, celery, onion, ground thyme, turmeric, chicken broth, apple cider, heavy cream, yellow cornmeal, baking powder, and fresh parsley
Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup from Damn Delicious
Olive oil, boneless, skinless chicken thighs, salt, pepper, butter, garlic, cremini mushrooms, onion, carrots, celery, dried thyme, flour, chicken stock, bay leaf, parsley, and rosemary
Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese from 365(ish) Days of Pinterest
1 1/2 cups
Elbow macaroni, butter, evaporated milk, sharp Cheddar cheese, Velveeta, ground mustard, salt, and pepper
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes from No. 2 Pencil
Potatoes, butter, salt, white pepper, and cream cheese
Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup from CopyKat Recipes
Butter, flour, onion, frozen chopped broccoli, Velveeta or other processed cheese, chicken broth, carrots, cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper
Shrimp and Grits from Allrecipes
Coarsely ground grits, salt, uncooked shrimp, salt, cayenne pepper, lemon, andouille sausage, bacon, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, onion, garlic, butter, flour, chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, and sharp Cheddar cheese
Bread Pudding with Praline Sauce from Allrecipes
Butter, milk, French bread, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, raisins, heavy cream, brown sugar, and pecans
Glazed Apple Cookies from Real House Moms
2 1/2 Tablespoons
Shortening, brown sugar, egg, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg, apples, raisins, milk, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla extract
Hot Fudge Sauce from The Café Sucre Farine
Semi-sweet chocolate, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and sea salt
Makes 1 cup of sauce
Microwave Caramel Sauce from Crunchy Creamy Sweet
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon
Sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract, and unsalted butter
Makes 1 cup
Traditional Coconut Cream Pie from Fav Family Recipes
1 1/2 cups
Coconut milk, eggs, sugar, corn starch, salt, flaked coconut, coconut extract (or vanilla), pie shell, whipping cream, and powdered sugar
Makes 1 pie
You can also use half-and-half as a substitute for evaporated whole milk.
If you have an unopened carton of half-and-half in your fridge, look at the printed date and it can be used for 7-10 days past that date. Once you open the half-and-half, you should use it within 5-7 days.
I hope you’ve been inspired and can use up your leftover half-and-half to stretch your grocery budget just a little further!
Do you have any great recipes that contain half-and-half?