Since I’m on Optimal Diet (high fat, low 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 were 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%
The 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 its 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 its content, but it tastes like a cream with carrageenan. 🙁 I’ll test this one again since I might buy 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! 🙂