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Apr 8, 2010 04:33 PM

PLEASE help me make great whipped cream!

What's the trick?

1. Cold bowl?
2. Add vanilla before whipping?
3. Add lemon juice before whipping?
4. Powdered suger afterwards?

Heavy cream, "whipping cream", light cream?

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  1. Use heavy whipping cream. Get it real cold-the bowl too if you can. You can add your sweetener and flavorings at the beginning if you want. I add them once the cream starts to set up, which is just how *I* do it.
    Whisk away, or use a mixer. I use my KitchenAid.

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    1. re: monavano

      I agree.

      I add my sugar (just a little!) and vanilla at the beginning. If you wanted supremely great whipped cream, you might scrape a vanilla bean instead of using extract. I like to chill my beaters for a few minutes in the freezer. I don't think anything but heavy (whipping) cream will whip up, will it? The higher the milkfat percentage, the more delicious and easier to whip. The grocery store stuff whips just fine, but when I've gotten super thick cream from the dairy farm, it partly whips itself just from sloshing around in the bottle.

    2. The most important thing is to start with great cream; heavy and whipping cream are both fine but many 'creams' have little flavour or have things added to make them smoother. The cream and tools should be cold, but I only take pains to chill the tools if it is really hot in the kitchen. Don't over-whip, it's a fine line between completely whipped and starting to feel greasy.

      1. The cold bowl is only necessary when it's hot in the kitchen. The lemon juice is wrong unless you're serving it with something where the overt lemon flavor is desirable (which I find hard to imagine -- to me, the whole point of whipped cream is that it's pure, luxurious creamy sweetness, served as a foil to something else, be it acidic, dark chocolaty, or whatever).

        I add my vanilla before whipping, and sweeten with superfine sugar, added as it's close to done. In my experience, no two dairies define "heavy" and "whipping" cream the same, though this thread goes into a lot of detail:

        Most of all, I think the best whipped cream is made with a stand mixer equipped with a balloon whisk, because it gives the most uniform motion. It only takes a very small number of tries before you learn when to stop. Overwhipping creates a crumbly texture that's immediately obvious. You will probably only make that mistake once!

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        1. re: dmd_kc

          "a crumbly texture" is damn close to butter, which is the end result of over whipping. Stop whipping at soft peaks. No lemon juice. Not too sweet either, as whipped cream is usually served with something sweet, unless you prefer that. Superfine sugar, granulated sugar, confectionery sugar, your choice. Confectionery is less sweet than the other two.

          All other good advice as already been posted.

          You can whip cream by hand, btw, if you have popeye arms or want them.

          1. re: bushwickgirl

            My dear late Granny always whipped it by hand, and she didn't have Popeye arms, but she'd sure twist your ear with an Iron Man grip if you got on her wrong side!!!

            1. re: dmd_kc

              Yes, I bet. Mine also. I actually had popeye arms for awhile when I whipped smaller amounts of cream in the professional setting but no more, break out the hand mixer please.

            2. re: bushwickgirl

              I usually whip by hand, because i don't have a hand mixer and don't want to pull out the noisy mixer while company is around. I work out, but don't have super strong arms. They key is to relax your arm, so it doesn't get tired.

              At a recent wedding i catered, I left my immersion blender at home which was going to whip the cream for the plated desserts. That was fun to whip cream for 120 dessert plates by hand : ) - a bit messy too.

              I agree with all that has been said. if you does get slightly too far, you can add some fresh cream and mix in and it can help. If it is butter - then there isn't anything you can do.

              1. re: jsaimd

                It's in the wrist actually, use your wrist and forearm and whip pulling the wire whip towards you in a somewhat circular motion. When that gets tiring, push the whip away from you with that same motion. As you said, relax the arm and don't put your shoulder or back into it.

                Whipping cream by hand really doesn't develop popeye arms, that's my joke, but my wrists sure were a lot stronger back in the day.

          2. Ronnybrook's Heavy Cream is what I use for hand-whipped cream. It has a fresh sweet taste that no other heavy cream has, and whips up quite easily.

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            1. re: HLing

              Agreed on Ronnybrook - it's not ultra-pasteurized so the flavor is sublime. It also whips up better IMO than regular grocery store cream. Whipped cream can be stabilized with a bit of gelatin, too, which I find helpful if I'm using regular grocery store cream (or I want to hold the cream for a while before using it).

            2. As the other posters have already stated, chill the bowl and beaters/whisk before whipping. I put them in the freezer before the start of the meal. Doesn't matter when you add the vanilla and sugar.

              I have to ask about the lemon juice - why would you add lemon juice to whipped cream? I've never heard of doing this.

              Light cream will not whip. Heavy cream or whipping cream are what you need.

              I always use a whisk and beat by hand, because it's not that much work and it's too easy to overwhip with a kitchen aid stand mixer. I have used a hand mixer too with good results, though IMO it spatters too much, so I prefer a whisk and arm power.