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DIY: Making Homemade Whipped Cream with Cream Chargers

Updated: Mar 6

Whipped cream is one of the most effective ways to make your beverages and desserts look significantly better. Just think about it.

Let’s imagine you were given two cups of coffee – one was the most basic cup of coffee you can think of, while the other was decorated with whipped cream, cookie crumbles and more. More than likely, you will reach for the second one simply because it’s more aesthetically pleasing – humans are visual creatures, and we’re more drawn to things that look good.

If you have a whipped cream dispenser at home, then you can easily make whipped cream at home. How? We’ll explain below.

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How to Make Whipped Cream at Home

Here is what you will need to make delicious whipped cream at home:

  • 1 pint of heavy cream (ideally with a percentage of fat between 32 and 36%)

  • 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar

  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

  • whipped cream dispenser

You will need to adjust the amounts of everything depending on the size of the whipped cream dispenser you are using – this is specifically meant for the 0.5 litre dispenser, so if yours is a different size, you will need to either use less or more of the ingredients.

Tip: Whipped cream turns out better when both the heavy cream and the dispenser have been chilled beforehand, so before you start making it, make sure to pop those two things into the fridge for some time.

The Instructions

Once you have all of your ingredients ready, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Put the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract into a measuring cup and whisk them until they are smooth and sugar has been incorporated into the cream.

  2. Pour your mixture into the whipped cream dispenser and screw the lid on.

  3. Place the nitrous oxide charger into the cartridge carrier and screw it onto your dispenser – you will hear a hissing sound, which indicates that it’s been placed correctly.

  4. Lay your dispenser on its side for about one minute and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.

And voilà, you’re done! Now, all you have to do is dispense it on your beverages and/or food and enjoy it.

Why Use a Dispenser to Make Whipped Cream

There are several reasons why using a whipped cream dispenser is a good idea. First of all, it saves you money – instead of having to constantly purchase new cans of whipped cream, you can simply buy the ingredients, which in many cases turn out to be cheaper than buying the finished product.

It’s also very convenient and allows you to make whipped cream whenever you need. Not to mention that using a dispenser is a lot less labor intensive than some of the other methods of making whipped cream.

Finally, making whipped cream on your own, in general, allows you to make it exactly as you wish. Want pink whipped cream? Just add a little bit of red or pink food colouring to your mixture. In the mood for hazelnut whipped cream to spice up your coffee? Just exchange the vanilla extract for a hazelnut extract. Want your whipped cream to have a little kick? Add a shot of your favourite spirit. The possibilities are endless.

Making Whipped Cream – Useful Tips

  • Whisking is important. If you skip the whisking step, the powdered sugar might clog up your dispenser’s siphon nozzle.

  • Leave some space. Don’t fill up your dispenser to the brim – leave some space, as the cream will expand once you add the N20.

  • Store the cream in the fridge. Once you’re done with making your cream, you should store it in the fridge and use up within three to four days. In case it starts to loosen (which can happen since there are no preservatives, emulsifiers or stabilisers in homemade whipped cream), you can make it firm again by recharging it with another nitrous oxide charger.

The Bottom Line

With that being said, we have reached the end of our guide on how to make homemade whipped cream using a dispenser. As you can see, it’s very easy – there are only a few things you need to enjoy this delicious, fluffy creation and visually elevate your beverages and desserts. And thanks to the fact that it’s widely customisable, you can surprise everyone with a fully yours combination. Good luck!

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