Whipped cream truly does not have a season. We always think of it during the holidays, can't imagine pie without it. Then there is the wonderful berry season that lasts all summer, strawberries and cream, truly what summer is all about. What about apple picking season? All those apples pies and crisps coming out of the oven during chilly fall days definitely need whipped cream. Pumpkin pie and chocolate yule logs, it’s not the holidays without whipped cream. And you can have hot chocolate in the winter without whipped cream, but why would you?
There are a number of ready made whipped creams to be found in the markets, yet be sure to read the ingredients, there is a lot of added "stuff", not just sugar, in those cans and tubs.
Here are Kimball Brook we make our own whipped cream from our divine heavy cream. Many folks still make their own at home, but many have opted for the store bought. It is so easy to make your own at home and once you do, you won't go back. The best part is you completely control what you add to the whipped cream and everyone will be glad that you do.
What you'll need:
Kimball Brook Farm Heavy Cream - If you can't find KBF cream, try to buy organic and not ultra pasteurized, it doesn't whip up as well. Do not buy whipping cream, it contains extra and unwanted ingredients, you only need heavy cream.
Large Bowl - preferably metal, very cold
Electric Hand Mixer or Large Whisk Or Blender or Food Processor
Optional - sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, any flavor of choice
Electric Mixer or Whisk
Make sure the cream and the bowl are very cold. Whip cream with mixer or whisk for 6 to 8 minutes, it will take longer with whisk. Just keep at it until soft peaks start to form. Continue until you get the consistency you want. You do not need to add sugar to get the cream to whip. If you would like to flavor the whipped cream, by all means do and add the flavoring to the cream before whipping.
Blender or Food Processor
Using this method is much faster. Two or so minutes is usually enough to get to the whipped cream stage, it depends on your machine. Stay close to the machine, watching the process and stop as the cream thickens to check consistency. Be careful not to go past the whipped cream stage to butter, yet if this should happen, enjoy your sweet cream butter. Even if you added sweetener, sweetened butter is yummy on many foods. (check out our butter blog)
If you are using a machine for the first time, maybe use only half the cream or have more on hand, if you are serving a dessert that must have whipped cream. Folks may not like sweet cream butter on their berries, altho it would be delish on hot apple pie.
Definitely be creative with what you like to flavor your whipped cream with. I have heard a number of great ideas of different flavors folks add. I have to say that I like my whipped cream completely plain. Our sweet heavy cream is sweet enough for me and you get a true cream flavor to go with any wonderful creation you put it on.
Enjoy and let us know what you are serving your whipped cream with. Cheers!