Monday, July 28, 2014

How To Make Fresh Whipped Cream

How to Make Your Own Whipped Cream

Have you checked out my recipe for Grandma's Tomato Soup Meatloaf yet?  If so, you'll know what an influence my grandmother had on my cooking.  Well if any one story of my grandmother in the kitchen can illustrate the impact she had on all of my sisters it would be the year we had Thanksgiving dinner at my Uncle Bob's house when I was around 12 years old.  Grandma insisted on making her whipped cream from scratch, and at 12 I thought it was one of the craziest things I'd ever heard.  Why make your own when you can grab a can of Rediwip from the dairy case literally right next to the container of whipping cream?

Grandma insisted on using a hand beater as well.  She'd even brought her own.  Why is this so weird?  We were in Connecticut, and my grandmother lived in Florida.  That means that knowing she was coming up for Thanksgiving, she had packed an egg beater in her luggage!  Such was her dedication to cooking on her own terms!  It was an old fashioned hand crank egg beater, and that was the first day I'd heard the store of that egg beater.  It was a gift for her wedding from over 40 years before, and every year on Thanksgiving she'd use it to make freshly whipped cream.  The story didn't touch me then like it touches deep in my soul today.  In fact, I'm actually tearing up as I remember her craggy old voice telling that story for the first time and every time thereafter.  See, she told that story every single time that egg beater came out.  Every Thanksgiving.  Every time she made scrambled eggs.  Every.  Time.

When she passed away, my sisters helped my uncle pack up her little condo where she'd moved back to Connecticut when living a country away alone in her 80s had gotten to be too much for her.  In the kitchen, they searched for that egg beater.  I'd asked for one thing from her home, her teacup collection that she had displayed in her kitchen for as long as I could remember.  My older sisters both wanted that egg beater, and I wish I'd thought to ask for it, too.


Ingredients:


  • 1 pint of whipping cream
  • 1 tbs granulated white sugar

Recipe Directions:

How to Make Your Own Whipped Cream


1. In a tall plastic container.  Whip the cream with an electric hand mixer on the highest setting until it's the consistency of pudding, approximately two minutes. I know this goes completely against the story of the egg beater, but unless I've got her actual egg beater in my hands I'll take the same path I argued with her for most of my life and use the technology available to me.  I also like to whip it directly in the plastic container I'm going to store it in rather than in a bowl.  Make sure it's tall, as you can see how much it expands with whipping.

How to Make Your Own Whipped Cream


2. Add sugar and whip again on the highest setting another three minutes or so until it's the consistency of whipped butter, rotating the container every so slowly the whole time.

How to Make Your Own Whipped Cream


3. Serve immediately or refrigerate until use.



Yes, it's really that simple!  Probably not so much using a hand beater, but it's almost as fast as taking out the can of whipped cream and using that.  And this tastes oh so much better!  Tomorrow, I'll share my recipe for Homemade Strawberry Shortcake and Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs, using this homemade whipped cream, so be sure to come back and check it out it.

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