Since I’m on Optimal Diet (high fat, now carb, based on animal products) I find it difficult to buy good quality heavy cream. For those unfamiliar with my diet: the rules of Kwasniewski’s Optimal Diet dictate that 85% percent of daily calories intake should come from animal fats. Ideally you should have a friendly farmer… Unfortunately you can’t always get what you want.
I’ve decided for a couple weeks to visit local stores and test their assortment. Other than my usual types (Jana, Mleczna Dolina) I’ve found some other interesting specimens 😉 I’ve tested all heavy creams available in retail in Poznan. I’ve been to Carrefour, Netto, Biedronka, Piotr i Pawel and a couple organic food stores. My main criterium was 30-36% fat content, known in Poland as “kremowka”. In order not to test the low grade products I’ve chosen only the ones that we’re available in store refrigerators. This eliminates creams with long expiration dates and lower nutritional value.
Mleczna Dolina – 30%
They are available in Biedronka – it has a large container – a cup of 330 ml. It’s my favourite for making hot chocolate for two. 🙂
Osm Czarnków – 30%
Producer has added a lot of carrageenan which ruins the taste of this otherwise good heavy cream.
Piątnica – 30%
As the container suggests – it works great for soups 🙂 However it doesn’t taste as good with coffee.
Mlekovita – 30%
I’ve bought it once and once only. It just won’t do, even for soups :/ I’ve noticed that most of Mlekovita’s products have a lot of texture agents, like they don’t care about the taste at all. It’s one of the more important criteria, not only for heavy creams.
Strzałkowo – 30%
Very tasty. One of my top choices 🙂 Unfortunately it’s very difficult to find this one in stores.
Jana – 30%
Also one of my favourites, I’ve been using this one for ten years and it was always a good quality heavy cream. You can find it in Piotr i Pawel and sometimes in Carrefour.
Klimeko – 36%
A hipster amongst the heavy creams. It has a perfect container for travelling. Available in some organic food stores and Piotr i Pawel. It’s usually available on a chosen day of the week. Because of it’s short expiration date you can’t really buy a larger amount – even when it remains closed and refrigerated it will spoil after 2-3 days. Other than it’s price and availability this one is absolutely perfect.
Miletto – 30%
It’s tasty and it is also the cheapest one in this comparison. It’s only available in Netto.
Zott – 30%
It’s not very good. Taste like the non-refrigerated ones because of a large amount of carrageenan. Despite this you can find it in the store refrigerators, be careful! 😉
Piątnica – 36%
The name “śmietana” (sour cream) can be misleading – it’s still a heavy cream. It’s good for deserts because of its mascarpone-like texture. Texture agents added to it disqualifies this cream as a coffee cream. Shame, because it is one of the few heavy creams with 36% fat content. It has a long expiration date.
Wieluń – 30%
I’ve recently stumbled upon this on in Carrefour. There is no information about it’s content, but it tastes like a cream with carrageenan. 🙁 I’ll test this one again, since I might bought it at the wrong time.
|Nazwa||Marka||Sklep||Cena||Waga lub pojemność||Waga zmierzona||Dodatki||Smak||Uwagi|
|Smietanka 30%||Biedronka||Biedronka||3,45 zł||330ml||346g||karagen||4/5||pasteryzowana|
|Smietanka 30%||OSM Czarnków||Carrefour||2,55 zł||200g||209g||b/d||3/5||pasteryzowana|
|Smietanka 30%||Piątnica||Piotr i Paweł||3,99 zł||400ml||420g||karagen||4/5||pasteryzowana, bez GMO|
|Smietanka polska 30%||Mlekowita||Carrefour||2,45 zł||200ml||212g||bialka mleka, karagen||2/5||pasteryzowana|
|Smietanka 30%||Strzałkowo||Carrefour||3,09 zł||200ml||214g||b/d||4/5||pasteryzowana, homogenizowana|
|Smietanka kremowa 30%||Jana||Piotr i Paweł||2,13 zł||200ml||214g||-||4/5|
|Smietanka 36%||Klimeko||Piotr i Paweł||6,19 zł||250ml||-||5/5|
|Smietanka 30%||Miletto||Netto||1,75 zł||200ml||207g||-||4/5|
|Smietanka 30%||Zott||Carrefour||2,36 zł||200ml||207g||karagen||2/5||pasteryzowana|
|Smietanka 36%||Piątnica||Carrefour||2,51 zł||200g||207g||skrobia modyfikowana kukurydziana, pektyny, kultury bakterii mlekowych||3/5||pasteryzowana, termizowana|
|Smietanka 30%||Wieluń||Carrefour||2,49 zł||200ml||211g||b/d||3/5||pasteryzowana|
|Smietanka 30%+||Milbona||Lidl||2,75 zł||200g||211g||-||4.5/5||pasteryzowana, HT|
|Smietanka 30%||Pilos||Lidl||1,78 zł||200g||209g||karagen||4/5||pasteryzowana|
This post will be updated if I find any new heavy creams worth of my attention, so be sure to visit again! 🙂