How To Make Whipped Cream

Whipped cream dispensers are made for more than just dispensing whipped cream, they are actually cream whippers. Instead of whipping cream, sugar and other ingredients the old fashioned way, manufacturers like ISI and Whip- It have produced a number of whipped cream makers.

Follow these basic instructions to make whipped cream using any of our whipped cream dispensers:

1 - remove the dispenser head and fill with dispenser half full with heavy whipping cream.

2 - add powdered sugar and a few drops of vanilla extract to flavor

3 - replace dispenser head and shake contents

4 - insert 1 whipped cream charger into charger holder and screw onto dispenser head piercing pin until you hear a hissing sound. This indicates the gas has been released into the dispenser. (use 2 chargers for quart size whippers)

5 - give a few shakes and squeeze handle while holding whipped cream dispenser upside down. Fresh whip cream should begin to flow in a couple seconds.

Whipped cream dispensers all work on the same basic principal. First, put your ingredients into the dispenser bottle. This usually requires filling the canister about half full with heavy whipping cream. Heavy whipping cream is required due to the necessary thickness and fat content. You can try making whipped cream with substitutes, but you will not get the same flavor and consistency of whipped cream that you will using heavy whipping cream. Many people will also put a couple of tablespoons of powdered sugar into the mix for sweetening. This is optional, but highly recommended. Again, sugar substitutes are available, but will affect the final flavor. Try using a natural sweetening agent like liquid Stevia. Just make sure that you do not use anything too granulated or you run the certain risk of clogging and potentially ruining your whipped cream maker. Another popular treat is to add some flavored syrups or extract like vanilla, hazelnut or caramel. Experiment with this as you probably need very little. Finally, add some food coloring to bring out the festive spirit during certain holidays. Everybody loves Green whipped cream on St. Patrick’s Day in their Irish Coffee.

Once the ingredients are in the cream whipper, just screw the head back onto the container and give it a few shakes to mix the ingredients. Make sure you have sealed the head on properly. If the gasket is missing or not seated, you will risk using a cream charger and have the gas leak out the sides. This important step is often overlooked. Once you’ve fixed the head onto the bottle, use a plastic or metal charger holder that came with your whipped cream maker to screw a standard whipped cream charger onto the unit. The whipped cream charger will be pierced by the piercing pin, allowing the nitrous oxide to rush into the container. The nitrous oxide performs two important functions. Nitrous oxide acts as a preserving agent, allowing the cream to last up to 2 weeks in your fridge. The gas also works as a propellant, which allows the cream to be pushed from the pressurized canister through the head and dispensing nozzle. Many cream whippers will also come with a couple different decorative tips. If after placing the cream whipper in the refrigerator you find that the cream will not dispense, let it warm up and try again. If your refrigerator is too cold, it can make the gad inert and ineffective as a propellant. Letting the nitrous oxide warm up usually does the trick. You can always try adding another cream charger, but this is usually not necessary. Just let it warm up and give it a few shakes. Once you’ve pierced the whipped cream charger and the nitrous oxide gas has been dispensed, just turn the whipped cream maker upside-down, give it a few gentle shakes and press the lever. Within a few seconds you should be producing fresh and natural, tasty whipped cream. No hassle with manual whipping and much healthier and tastier than that pre-made store bought stuff in a can!

Most quality whipped cream makers or dispensers are made of anodized aluminum or stainless steel. The stainless steel tends to be a bit more expensive, but adds a nice touch to your kitchen décor. The better models will also have a metal top that houses the piercing pin and dispensing nozzle. When buying a cream maker for a business, most NSF approved dispensers will have a metal head to accompany the metal container. Plastic head whipped cream dispensers should only be used for casual home use as they are not built to withstand the heavier commercial use.

Whichever whipped cream dispenser you purchase, make sure you get one from a reputable manufacturer and re-seller as replacement parts may become necessary. Most cream whippers will last a lifetime, however it may become necessary to replace a lost charger holder or dispensing nozzle. The piercing pins that puncture the whipped cream charger may also wear out after repeated use. In most cases, these are fixed into the head for safety reasons and cannot be replaced. If the piercing pin breaks or wears out, you will have to buy a new head. Often times, it’s better to get an entirely new whipped cream dispenser at this point.