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whip cream chargers-dispensers

How do whip cream dispensers work? I am talking about the ones where you put in the cream yourself.Can you add flavoring to the cream? Is it expensive? I have trouble with the canned whip cream from the store keeping it's shape for more than 2 minutes. Any suggestions or links would be appreciated.

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  1. They provide a short-cut to hand whipping by injecting nitrous oxide into the vaporized cream as it exits the spout - just like the canned whipped cream at the store. It looks and performs like old-time seltzer makers but rather than bubbling like water, the cream "whips". You can add whatever you like to the dispenser. It's what restaurants use to create "foams."

    As far as cost goes, it's about $40-50 for the dispenser and about 50-75 cents per cartridge.

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    1. re: ferret

      Food foams are usually gelled liquids passed through the dispenser. Pretty much anything you can think of can work. If it'll gel, it'll foam.

      1. If you are just doing a little bit of dispensing I find that it works well, but if you are doing a lot at one time the canisters run out fast so you need to make sure to have a lot of them on hand. (Based on personal experience at a charity pumpkin pie slice and whipped cream sale.)

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          1. Well,,, I knew someone in college who had and used one of these dispensers, but never put anything in the bottle, hehehehehehehehe.

            1. I worked at an espresso stand once that used those. We'd add some vanilla syrup to the whipping cream to sweeten it up. It seems like we'd make chocolate whipped cream sometimes by adding Hershey's syrup ... it was a long time ago. It would be interesting to add liquor and maybe simple syrup ... maybe Bailey's??

              I'm not sure if you're interested in making your own whipped cream? It's really easy and only takes a few minutes. I do that when we need a lot, and it seems to keep its shape as long as needed.