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Problem: Whipping Cream in Metal Bowl

cakewhole Apr 10, 2008 12:10 PM

Hi All,

Has anyone besides me had this occasional problem?

Sometimes when I whip heavy cream in a metal bowl (not sure of composition), I get small flecks of gray material in the whipped cream. The flecks feel fatty (creamy) to the touch and look like the color of the metal bowl. It seems like the flecks are bits of the metal that have rubbed off (!) into the cream.

I've had this happen using a hand whisk and using a hand-held electric mixer. (I have not had this problem when whipping cream in my Kitchen Aid, however.)

Can anyone explain this? Is the bowl of cheap material? Not clean enough (yikes)? Other ideas?

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    bw2082 Apr 10, 2008 12:21 PM

    Sounds like a cheap bowl that was electroplated with some cheap metal like chrome which is getting chipped off by the friction from the beaters/whisk. Change bowls.

    1. Caitlin McGrath Apr 10, 2008 12:22 PM

      Sounds like the bowl might be cheap aluminum. You can get very inexpensive stainless steel mixing bowls at any kitchen store, if you're interested in having a small metal bowl you can chill for whipping cream, etc.

      1. Uncle Bob Apr 10, 2008 12:23 PM

        Make sure the bowl and whisk are stainless steel..
        Does the bowl or whisk show signs of flaking?

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        1. re: Uncle Bob
          MMRuth Apr 10, 2008 12:24 PM

          I have this problem w/ a really cheap parmesan grinder I have ... probably the same issue.

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          FrankJBN Apr 10, 2008 12:27 PM

          I think we are in agreement - wrong bowl, less likely but possible wrong whisk.

          1. cakewhole Apr 14, 2008 03:19 PM

            Thanks to everyone for the feedback, which has confirmed my suspicion that cheap bowls are the problem. I can easily rid myself of one cheap bowl but ridding my family of theirs... not so simple. Thanks again.

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