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Wll lemon zest curdle Dream Whip?

Dream Whip topping mix is made with milk. If I prepare the topping first and then add the zest, will the milk suspension prevent curdling?

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  1. You could take a small amount and add the zest and see what happens. My gut feeling is the zest, without juice, will not curdle the Dream Whip.

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    1. re: escondido123

      Thx. That's exactly what I'm doing. It's been over 2 hours and so far no curdling.

      1. re: icecone

        If you are prepping this and need to hold it over this time, ACK! The zest should be a garnish. Served as close to customer/client delivery as possible. A huge component of zest is the delivery of the oils as a scent. unless you want those oils in baking.

    2. As far as I know, Dream Whip is not a dairy product so there is nothing to curdle. I suspect you could mix equal parts of vinegar, lemon juice and dream whip and nothing would curdle. It wouldn't taste very good but it wouldn't curdle.

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      1. re: Hank Hanover

        The Dream Whip mix is nondairy. However, it's prepared with milk, so it's not really a nondairy topping. Do you know if it can be made with one of the alternative milks, like soy milk or almond milk? I believe that DW relies on the whipping properties of cow's milk proteins.

        1. re: icecone

          Dream Whip can be made with soy milk (I just learned this). However, the ingredients panel says "CONTAINS MILK". The only milk ingredient is sodium caseinate, so DW is not for people with a casein intolerance.

      2. Not on topic, but near topic --
        Cool Whip (NOT Dream Whip) is now made with some skim milk and light cream. It used to be just a vegetable oil concoction.

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        1. re: blue room

          So what IS "Dream Whip"? Never heard of it.

            1. re: monku

              Thanks.

              Alright, I am NOT a food snob. I can get down and dirty with all sorts of food. But are these products just high priced, inadequate imitations of whipped cream. Isn't whipped cream just about the easiest thing in the world to make.

              1. re: c oliver

                You know I remember Dream Whip as something from my childhood days before Cool Whip came along.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Surprised you never ran across it.
                      I'm sure you had it in something and never knew it. It's probably been around since the 50's.

                      1. re: monku

                        I'm from Atlanta originally. I knew Cool Whip.

                      2. re: c oliver

                        Just a year and a bit shy of the 6 decade. Me getz power surges.
                        I am surprised Dream Whip is even sold/found/used these days.
                        Yeah it was more work intensive than making whipped cream, but at it's introduction, it was "cool". 1957, Instant was in! It was shelf stable. Guess it still is.

                        1. re: Quine

                          I know the median age is less than ours so I love seeing others of my generation:) I just think that hopefully there's a big difference between what was goin on "back then" versus now. I can't imagine using one of those products when the real thing is better and easier. BTW, somehow I thought you were a man :)

                          1. re: c oliver

                            You've had it in something and didn't realize it (back then).
                            I grew up in NY, I don't think there was anything regional about it.
                            I think Cool Whip has taken the place of Dream Whip, I'm surprised it's still around.

                            1. re: c oliver

                              LOL! I love that. SO hard to know, only a previous post of yours ( within a year) let me know, we getz power surges.

                              Monku, I do think you may have a point. Not that I have lived far from the Atlantic, my use of the Dream Whip product is only once. Geesh we had, I mean had to try it, right?

                              But the OP is using it and *that* is the point,

                              1. re: Quine

                                Dream Whip is about all those funky 50's recipes our mom's used to make.
                                I'm surprised anyone is still using it and it's still around.

                                1. re: monku

                                  I agree. BUT the OP is asking a question about using it now.

            2. The oils contained within lemon zest do not contain enough acid, unlike the juice, to curdle anything.

              So use away.

              1. Thanks everyone for the replies. Dream Whip tastes great. It's a low-fat topping that can be stored in the food bin and then made in the exact quantity desired. Yummy and very affordable.