DIY: Whipped cream
Photo: Robin Shreeves
- 8-ounce container of heavy whipping cream, organic or from a trusted dairy if possible
- 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla, optional
- Place a metal or glass bowl and the beaters you’ll be using in the refrigerator for one hour or freezer for 20 minutes before making the whipped cream. According to one of my friends who went to culinary school, this isn’t absolutely necessary. It does help get the job done faster and your whipped cream will be colder.
- Put the cream in the bowl and beat on medium speed until soft peaks begin to form.
- Add the sugar and vanilla (if using), and continue to beat until peaks are well formed and stay put when you take the beaters out of the bowl, but go no further. If you beat it any longer, you will start to make butter.
- Serve immediately or chill until needed.
- The sugar and vanilla aren’t necessary, but if you’re used to canned whipped cream, unsweetened will be a big change.
- The real test for this was my boys. They loved it. I rarely buy whipped cream because they tend to gravitate toward the can in the fridge and I find them shooting it in each other’s mouths. (This takes care of that problem, too.)
- You can use a stand mixer or a hand mixer to whip cream. If you have neither of those, a good, cold wire whisk can be used, too, and your arm will get a good workout.
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