10 Great Uses for Media Crema

After writing about how to make your own sour cream from Media Crema, I’ve had a couple people ask what else it’s good for.  Lots of recipes!

If you’re not familiar with Media Crema, it’s basically half-and-half or light cream that comes in a can or box.  You’ll find it in the Latin foods aisle of most grocery stores, or in a Mexican grocery.  Of course, in Latin America, you’ll find it in just about every grocery store everywhere — even in fishing villages.

I’ve never seen it in little boxes in US, but that’s often how we bought it in Mexico — and one box or can holds just about 1 cup (it varies slightly by manufacturer).

The great thing is that it lasts 6 months to a year without refrigeration.  Even living ashore, I keep some Media Crema on hand — it’s become a staple.

I used Media Crema in lots of different dishes.  My top 10 favorites where it’s just SO much better than milk:

  1. Make your own sour cream — see my video of how easy it is!
  2. Clam chowder, potato soup and other cream soups
  3. Macaroni and cheese
  4. Make your own Irish Cream (like Bailey’s)
  5. Fettucine Alfredo
  6. Pumpkin pie
  7. Scalloped potatoes/potatoes au gratin
  8. Cream sauces and cheese sauces for pasta and veggies
  9. Quiche
  10. Happy Birthday cake

The only bad side to Media Crema is the fat and calories — yep, unfortunately, it IS just like using cream.  If you’re looking for a lower fat option, use evaporated milk — it also comes in a can and will last nearly forever.  It’s not nearly as thick and rich, though.  And you can’t make sour cream from evaporated milk.

So, have you tried Media Crema?  What are your favorite uses?

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  • Shawn Passeri
    Posted at 22 March 2012 Reply

    I use the crema for a cucumber dressing. I blend a whole cucumber, 1/2 box of crema, onion, cilantro and 1/2 tsp of chicken stock powder. Blend it all up and add salt and pepper to taste. Makes a great dip, salad dressing and salsa.

    • Diggit05
      Posted at 10 August 2016 Reply

      Omg. I’ve been looking to replicate this cucumber salad dressing / dip I recently had at a party. Everything was catered so I could not ask for recipe. But I’ve been contemplating the ingredients and I think this is it. Going to store to get ingredients now… Can’t wait to try it..
      I’m so glad I read reviews/comments

  • Elena
    Posted at 23 April 2012 Reply

    This is a new product to me. Thanks for the great ideas!

  • Nancy Greg Hershman on Facebook
    Posted at 09 September 2012 Reply

    One box or can of Creama Media and one or two tsp (depending on how sour you want it) of vinegar makes the best sour cream.

  • The Boat Galley on Facebook
    Posted at 09 September 2012 Reply

    Yep, that’s my favorite and number one on the top ten list!

  • Sue Klumb on Facebook
    Posted at 29 January 2013 Reply

    One of my all time favorites is making “boatmeal” (recipe from your Boat Galley Cookbook) and then make a nice swirl with the media crema on the top, sprinkle with a little brown sugar and a lot of cinnamon to finish…oh so yummie…both my husband and I love this on a cool Caribbean night (yes, there is such a thing, hahaha)!

  • The Boat Galley on Facebook
    Posted at 29 January 2013 Reply

    Sounds so good!

  • Amber Amodei on Facebook
    Posted at 29 January 2013 Reply

    I swear you must have been reading my mind!! I was just looking at this stuff (right next to the powdered milk) in the grocery store & thinking hmmmmm…. now I wonder what I could do with this.

  • Vicki Melchisedeck on Facebook
    Posted at 30 January 2013 Reply

    Thank you for this. I always feel like I should buy this but had no idea how to use it.

  • Diane Dashevsky
    Posted at 30 May 2013 Reply

    You can also add some powdered sugar to it to make an easy and yummy fruit topping – was stuck at anchor with an empty whipped cream can and tried this instead…worked great!

  • Laureen Hudson
    Posted at 03 October 2013 Reply
    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 03 October 2013 Reply

      I’m sorry that my photo disturbed you. I was not meaning to actively promote Nestle but rather a general product — Media Crema. There are many brands of Media Crema. Those who object to Nestle can purchase other brands if they so desire.

      • Clara Zawawi
        Posted at 28 October 2016 Reply

        It’s a very traditional French salad – cucumbers or cucumbers and tomatoes simply mixed with fresh pouring cream salt & pepper. Nothing else. Would be good with this thanks for the diea of the canned cream for sour cream. brilliant

  • Bob Bechler
    Posted at 03 October 2013 Reply

    No need to appologize. No matter what you say, some fringe group will take exception to it.

  • Rd Clifton
    Posted at 04 October 2013 Reply

    I’m a H&H coffee drinker/addict, and yes this and a few other products out there are MUSTS (I cannot live without) – Also you can get a condensed (fortified) milk in a can – or Papercarton – not sweetened condensed !! which also will work …

  • Janice Sterling
    Posted at 22 December 2013 Reply

    Has anyone ever used this to make a sauce for fish tacos?

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 23 December 2013 Reply

      Yes — two ways: either just spice it up with some really finely chopped peppers and onion (or you can use some chili powder, cumin, onion and lime juice or a few teaspoons of taco seasoning — recipe here: http://theboatgalley.com/taco-seasoning/ ) or make the media crema into sour cream (recipe here: http://theboatgalley.com/sour-cream/ ) and then add any of the above . . . or your own combo. Dave and I tend to like the sauce to be a little spicy!

  • val
    Posted at 18 March 2014 Reply

    Hi, I just bought a can of crema yesterday. I am looking for cream for my coffee. I am trying to get away from powdered creamer because of all the bad things in it. I tried it this morn and I don’t think I will like it. It did not give my coffee that rich taste that original coffee mate gives it with just that hint of sweetness. I will sure use it for something though. I am making cream of asparagus soup today and I am sure it will be delish. Thanks, Val

  • Lesley Suddard
    Posted at 27 August 2014 Reply

    Yesterday I was feeling very verklempt because I had no cream for my coffee, and tried powdered cream but gave up – it didn’t taste that good. Last night I remembered the Media Crema I had bought to try based on information on your website. This morning I am a VERY happy camper with my coffee and the cream I can’t live without. (:0) Thanks, Carolyn!

    Can you please share how to make homemade Irish Cream? That would be an interesting addition to evening coffee. Thanks again!

  • Bradley Washburn
    Posted at 30 August 2014 Reply

    Isn’t this Spanish for Half and Half?

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 30 August 2014 Reply

      Yes, but it’s actually thicker than the US half-and-half.

    • Sue Waudby
      Posted at 30 August 2014 Reply

      It is reduced heavy cream

  • Sherry Day
    Posted at 30 August 2014 Reply

    Nestlé also makes a great powdered milk called Sunshine. Stock up before you sail west from French Polynesia because it becomes had to find. Found it on a limited basis in Fiji, but not on any island between FP and here. I wish we had it in the USA but the American Dairy Council probably has a strong say in that.

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 16 September 2014 Reply

    We use this one in Colombia as dessert to cover up fruit and or to make banana split.. You need to add a little bit of sugar to get the sweet flavor, but it is not necessary.
    An other use is to add a spoon full of it to your home made ready to eat soups. We do it to our typical soup called Ajiaco. 🙂

  • Terry Simmons
    Posted at 01 October 2014 Reply

    I just want to thank you for telling us about Media Crema and Nido. I love them both and have spread the word.

  • Susie Hare
    Posted at 03 December 2014 Reply

    For people on a low carbohydrate diet or lower carb way of eating, this Media Crema makes a great little dessert. Just put a couple of tablespoons in a small bowl, 1 packet of Splenda, and a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir well. It makes a nice little Atkins-Friendly vanilla parfait for when you are in need of a sweet treat !

  • Arturo Gomez
    Posted at 04 February 2015 Reply

    Just made some homemade Alfredo sauce using the Media Crema (table cream), parmasean,asiago,and romano cheese with a pinch of salt/pepper and it came out great! Very simple and very tasty, my girlfriend is going to be one happy camper when she tries this on her pasta with steaks! 🙂

  • Andee
    Posted at 19 April 2015 Reply

    Here’s another sort of odd use. i love Devonshire Clotted Cream for fruit topping, dessert topping, whatever. On scones. But that’s expensive and hard to find here in the states.

    If you take a can of media crema, peel back the lid a bit, let it sit in the fridge for a day or so, (all this after shaking the can a lot before peeling back the lid) you will find something just like Devonshire Clotted in the can and frankly, I often just eat it with a spoon. It’s delicious.

    • Val
      Posted at 20 April 2015 Reply

      Is it sweet like eagle brand sweetened condensed milk? Would it stir into hot coffee?

      • Carolyn Shearlock
        Posted at 20 April 2015 Reply

        It will stir into coffee very well, but it is NOT sweet. It’s very similar to half and half.

  • Renae Lesiak
    Posted at 22 May 2015 Reply

    I bought a can of this yesterday hoping to use it as coffee cream. Was really looking forward to having it this morning in my coffee. Very disappointed. Curdled right up in my coffee. I do not recommend using it for coffee.

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 22 May 2015 Reply

      I’ve never heard of people having a problem with it curdling and I know lots who use it in coffee. Not sure what’s different (I don’t use cream in my coffee so have no personal experience).

    • Lesley Suddard
      Posted at 22 May 2015 Reply

      Renae, I use Media Crema all the time for my coffee. However, it does not dissolve well, being thicker like yogurt in texture. I put the crema in the cup first, then add a very small amount of coffee to thin the cream to a liqui. Then you can pour the rest of the coffee in. It is best to start with more than enough cream, because adding a little more to lighten the coffee further will result in the same lumpy mess. I still love the cream for my coffee, perfect taste in a can when my regular cream runs out or is unavailable. Try again, I’m sure you will like it.

  • Maritza
    Posted at 17 November 2015 Reply

    Can you make butter with it?

  • Monica
    Posted at 17 November 2015 Reply

    I live in way South Texas near the Mexican border. Our wonderful HEB local chain of grocery stores not only carries the Nestlé Media Crema but also the Nestlé Media Crema LITE! Both in the aisle right next to canned evaporated milk. It is thick like the original but has half the fat (4 g vs. 2 gm per tablespoon) and calories (40 cal. vs. 20 cal. per tablespoon). I use it for all kinds of things–one of my favorites being a drizzle over a simple corn tortilla tostada with shredded chicken and avocado slices. (Note: the can I bought yesterday says Media Crema Lite but the can I had in my pantry from about 6 months ago said Media Crema Ligera.)

  • Wayne Johnson
    Posted at 16 January 2016 Reply

    Can you whip Media Crema into whipped cream?

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 16 January 2016 Reply

      Unfortunately no — it doesn’t have a high enough fat content. You can get boxed whipping cream at Trader Joes that does whip up.

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