Perfect Whipped Cream – Works For Me Wednesday

 

Strawberry Shortcake (and slightly over-whipped cream)

This week’s works for me wednesday post comes from Mike’s family. Apparently this was a little trick his grandmother used to use, and now the whole family uses it.  I can’t believe I never thought of this, because it just seems like common sense. (Although if you ask Mike, I tend to be lacking in common sense on occasion).

There’s nothing like the flavor and texture of homemade whipped cream. When I use the whisk attachment on my KitchenAid to whip cream, it works perfectly. I just pour in the cream, start up the mixer, step away for an appropriate amount of time, and all of a sudden I have whipped cream. However, if my KitchenAid is otherwise occupied (or more likely, in the sink and I’m too lazy to wash it), I have to resort to my hand mixer. My hand mixer will eventually achieve the desired result, but not without splattering the whole kitchen with cream. Seriously, I’ve had to clean cream from the strangest places. That’s where this little tip comes in so handy. Use either a paper plate or a paper towel (for photography purposes I chose a paper plate), and slip it over the beaters so that it makes a nice little cover for the bowl while you’re whipping the cream! I watched Mike’s aunt whip cream this way over Thanksgiving and I was in awe! So simple, and yet so very useful.

*Once I tried to whip cream by hand with a whisk. 20 minutes and one tired arm later I was left with liquid cream. It was not a success.

Whipped Cream (from the Joy of Cooking)

Begin with chilled heavy whipping cream, bowl and beaters. You can stick the bowl and beaters in the freezer for about 10 minutes to chill them. Beat cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until the cream begins to thicken. Add sugar and flavorings, if using, and lower the speed. Continue beating, watching carefully to avoid overwhipping. Stop beating when the cream is just stiff enough to hold itself up.

*I like using 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, about 2 Tbsp of sugar (or powdered sugar) and 1/2 tsp of vanilla.

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29 Responses to “Perfect Whipped Cream – Works For Me Wednesday”

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — February 9, 2011 @ 3:13 am

    Brilliant! I always have cake batter and cream splattered all over my kitchen… I will try the plate trick next time!

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    Barbara Bakes — February 9, 2011 @ 4:15 am

    Great tip! I could so relate to my mixing bowl being in the sink and not wanting to wash it!

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    Simply Life — February 9, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    oh that is a great idea! I don't have a hand mixer, but will definitely keep this in mind!

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    smalltownoven — February 9, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    Such a great idea. I can't believe I just splash cream all over the place when there's an easy way to prevent it!

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    fruitfulwords — February 9, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    I love fresh whipped cream, just not the mess. Helpful idea with the plate. I hate splatters, now thanks to you, I don't have to deal with them anymore!

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    Maria — February 9, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    Looks perfect to me!

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    Megan — February 9, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    Great tip! :)

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    Elle — February 9, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    That's a great tip!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — February 9, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    This is a great tip! I typically make it in my stand mixer with whisk attachment. Nothing like the real thing!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — February 9, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    Wow that strawberry shortcake looks amazing! Great tip too!

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    Cristina — February 9, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    What a great tip, as I tend to make a mess of things when using the hand mixer!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen — February 9, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    What a great idea!

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    BigBearswife — February 9, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    Looks great!I love making homemade whipped cream! I think its better than storebought by a long shot

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — February 10, 2011 @ 12:11 am

    Megan, I LOVE your idea with putting the paper plate on top of the bowl to avoid splatter. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing this.

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    Shelby — February 10, 2011 @ 1:56 am

    Great tip and that shortcake looks yummy!

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    Hannah — February 10, 2011 @ 2:03 am

    What a brilliant idea! I've always just kind of used my hand to cover the bowl… still messy, but at least you can lick your fingers after ;)

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    Cait — February 10, 2011 @ 4:00 am

    omg this looks AMAZING- whip cream is my FAVORITE thing! yummmm!

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    CaSaundraLeigh — February 10, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    Oh wow–that's a brilliant idea to use the plate like that! I always avoid my hand mixer for the fact that it splatters my walls every time. I definitely need to spread the word on this little trick–thanks! :-)

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    Natalie — February 10, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    I'm with you—the kitchenaid works wonders for whipped cream! Which is my all-time fave! :)

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    Eliana — February 10, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    What a genius tip. How did I never think of this before. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking — February 10, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    That is brilliant!! I always get manage to get whipped cream all over myself, so I will definitely remember this tip!

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — February 10, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

    Wow, such a good idea!!! I make such a mess in general from splattering in the kitchen.

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    Megan — February 10, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    This is genius! I am going to use this tip for making whipped cream from now on. Thanks for the tip!

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    Juliana — February 11, 2011 @ 12:02 am

    Love your idea Megan…will definitely use it since I always have the cream “flying” everywhere :-)

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    Autumn @Good Eats Girl — February 11, 2011 @ 2:17 am

    Genius! I would have never thought about it!

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    Elena — February 13, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

    I love strawberries and whiped cream.

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    Maranda — February 16, 2011 @ 12:12 am

    Oh my gosh! What a great idea!!

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    Darold — December 7, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    Clear, ifnmoartive, simple. Could I send you some e-hugs?

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    Beth — June 3, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

    Thank you so much for this idea!

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