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Shelf Stable Whipping Cream

olyolyy Nov 8, 2012 10:05 PM

Has anyone used this? I'm not familliar with it. I love the idea of keeping it in the cabinet for whipped cream on the fly. But does it taste the same? I just picture cool whip.

Shelf Stable Grade A Whipping Cream
This Grade A Whipping Cream can be kept for up to six months (unopened) at room temperature, making it smart to store. That way, when you're ready to roll out the pie crust, the cream is right within reach. It's real cream that undergoes a special thermo-pressure process to ensure safe, long shelf life, without significantly altering its composition. Rich and thick, it whips into a velvety topping.

  1. sunshine842 Nov 8, 2012 10:31 PM

    if it's like the stuff I've bought here, no, it's real cream, UHT (ultra high temperature) processed, and stored in a brick-pack (once in a while a small bottle, but not the most common).

    If you chill it darned-near to frozen in a metal bowl in the freezer (chill the beaters, too) it will whip, but it will never take on that really fluffy consistency of fresh whipping cream. The processing interferes with its ability to hold a huge amount of air.

    It's not bad for on the fly, but it's not my first choice.

    1. j
      Joyfull Nov 9, 2012 01:38 AM

      I'd wager shelf stable whipping cream will disappear like shelf stable milk did. Horrible stuff!

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      1. re: Joyfull
        sunshine842 Nov 9, 2012 03:30 AM

        shelf stable milk has absolutely not disappeared -- it might not be popular in the US, but most of Europe buys it exclusively, many groceries and supermarkets don't even stock fresh milk, and shelf-stable whipping cream is a staple in every grocery on this side of the ocean.

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          j
          Joyfull Nov 9, 2012 10:19 AM

          Excuse me for speaking. I guess I should have added, shelf stable milk in my area disappeared ages ago.

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            i
            Isolda Nov 13, 2012 04:58 AM

            It's pretty common around here, too, although not as popular as fresh milk. Most grocery stores carry it in little packages to fit in school lunchboxes.

            1. re: Isolda
              sunshine842 Nov 13, 2012 05:47 AM

              you mean fresh milk in little packages for lunchboxes, right? I think they make it in chocolate milk too, for lunchboxes.

              (mental image of kids slamming back a small tetrapack of heavy cream...)

            2. re: sunshine842
              c oliver Aug 12, 2013 08:44 AM

              I've seen it in Walmart. And in Brazil that's the only way milk is sold. I love keeping it on hand.

              1. re: c oliver
                sunshine842 Aug 12, 2013 05:48 PM

                UHT milk makes excellent yogurt -- sets up way better than fresh milk.

            3. re: Joyfull
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              lcool Nov 13, 2012 05:19 AM

              Shelf stable cream in a tetrapak or glass has been readily on the shelf for 30 to 35 years in much of Asia,the Pacific Rim and Europe.Many places have two varieties or versions,one for sweet,one for savory.The "western" hotels in Asia,Africa and Middle East bring it in by the 5'x5'x5' pallet.Without it a huge number of the recipe classics would be out of reach to the imported chefs and guests.Speaking for Asia and Italy,the savory version has a distant hint of tang,not quite creme fraiche or sour cream,will thicken if left out for 8 hours or more,will NOT WHIP.The "for sweet" versions,some,not all will whip and it is every bit the bear sunshine842 describes.

            4. pinehurst Nov 9, 2012 03:37 AM

              Has anyone seen this in the US? I have not, at least not in MA. We do have a lot of Parmalat products available but I've never seen whipping cream.

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              1. re: pinehurst
                Gio Nov 9, 2012 04:05 AM

                This week's TJ's flyer has an ad for the Shelf Stable Whipping Cream. We shop at the Saugus TJ's i on Rt.1 north...

                Here's a review of the product from a well known blogger...
                http://www.thekitchn.com/new-product-...

                1. re: Gio
                  olyolyy Nov 9, 2012 07:20 AM

                  thanks for the review link!

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                    lcool Nov 13, 2012 05:28 AM

                    thanks for the product heads up
                    I will get to TJ's for it and give it a try.

                  2. re: Gio
                    pinehurst Nov 9, 2012 10:21 AM

                    Thanks, Gio!

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                      Isolda Nov 13, 2012 05:00 AM

                      I'm doing a TJ's run today and will pick some up to try. My husband thinks whipping cream is a food group, so it would be nice to have it on hand. He won't eat my chocolate desserts without it.

                    2. re: pinehurst
                      olyolyy Nov 9, 2012 07:26 AM

                      At Trader Joes

                      1. re: pinehurst
                        Jpan99 Nov 13, 2012 03:36 AM

                        I bought it at my Trader Joe's in Newton yesterday. Mostly out of curiosity. No plans yet to use it, may give it a go on Thanksgiving.

                        1. re: Jpan99
                          coll Aug 12, 2013 08:58 AM

                          Same with me. Heavy cream is one of those things I always need at the last minute, so when I saw it at TJs I had to grab a box to try out. Probably around the holidays, if I don't forget I have it. Maybe even just for the stuffing, last year I forgot to get cream and wasted a half hour running around trying to find some Thanksgiving morning. Almost everyone was out, of course. A real waste of precious time.

                          1. re: coll
                            Gio Aug 13, 2013 12:26 PM

                            I bought a box around the same time I mentioned it above... I have yet to use it.

                      2. Dave MP Nov 12, 2012 02:31 PM

                        Has anybody used this for anything besides topping a pie? Would it taste the same as fresh cream in a sauce or soup that calls for cream? Or is it really just made for people who plan to whip it?

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                        1. re: Dave MP
                          sunshine842 Nov 12, 2012 10:31 PM

                          it is absolutely interchangeable in any recipe that calls for cream, because it *is* cream. The only difference I've seen is that you have to shake it vigorously, as the solids tend to clump badly if you don't.

                          I keep some on hand for recipes that call for cream -- I rarely whip it, as it just doesn't whip up (and hold the air) as well as the fresh stuff.

                          1. re: Dave MP
                            olyolyy Nov 13, 2012 07:49 PM

                            I would love to know if anyone has used this with potatoes (like scalloped) or mac and cheese with good results.

                            1. re: olyolyy
                              chefathome Nov 13, 2012 07:51 PM

                              I've had great results with pasta (and other) sauces but have not tried it in scalloped potatoes or mac and cheese.

                              1. re: olyolyy
                                sunshine842 Nov 13, 2012 10:41 PM

                                It is great in scalloped potatoes -- as above -- it IS cream, so you use it anywhere you'd use cream.

                                It doesn't whip terribly well, but it is regular cream.

                                1. re: sunshine842
                                  chefj Aug 12, 2013 06:44 PM

                                  Wait are you trying to say it is "Real Cream"?
                                  Just joking.

                                  1. re: chefj
                                    sunshine842 Aug 12, 2013 07:31 PM

                                    I know you have several briques in your pantry....seems to be a tough thing to believe, huh?!

                                    1. re: sunshine842
                                      chefj Aug 13, 2013 11:46 AM

                                      You know I have never seen it here.
                                      Judging by the disbelief above I guess so : ) Hard to understand why.

                                      1. re: chefj
                                        sunshine842 Aug 14, 2013 06:58 PM

                                        but then, in the US, tetrapack milk exists, but has never really caught on, even though it's real milk, too.

                                        I wish I could find the cream where I live now -- it's really handy to have on hand for dauphinois, soups, a really quick pasta sauce.

                                        I miss bechamel in a tetrapack, too. Beats cream o'crap soup any day for casseroles and sauces.

                                        1. re: sunshine842
                                          chefj Aug 15, 2013 04:50 PM

                                          Agreed it would be very convenient.

                            2. g
                              Georgia Strait Aug 12, 2013 07:29 PM

                              please let us know how the Trader Joe's product works out - i have a tetrapak of it somewhere (or had) - can't find it now. At least I don't have to worry about it wherever i've put it ; )

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                              1. re: Georgia Strait
                                greygarious Aug 13, 2013 06:09 PM

                                The tetrapaks I bought last fall have passed their date stamp, though I will still use them. If package dates worry you, you may want to check yours.

                                1. re: Georgia Strait
                                  Chocolatechipkt Aug 14, 2013 06:55 AM

                                  I just saw this at TJ's a couple of weeks ago. I bought one box, just to have on hand should a cream emergency occur, and ended up accidentally taking it on vacation (forgot it was in the bag with travel snacks). And it actually came in handy -- I added it to soup I was making, where milk wouldn't have worked (not well, at least.) It did what it was supposed to do, and you couldn't tell it was from a box. I suppose whipping it would be a greater test, but I didn't get a chance to do that. I'd buy it again, though.

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