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Video:How to Make Whipped Cream

with Gretchen Siegchrist

Step up your favorite dessert by topping it with the freshest whipped cream around. Watch how to make whipped cream from scratch, and learn a bonus low-fat version.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Whipped Cream

Hi, I'm Gretchen Siegchrist for About.com Food, and I am going to show you how to make whipped cream. We will make the regular version and a fat-free kind.

Whipped Cream and Cold Utensils

For both kinds of whipped cream, you want your ingredients, as well as the bowl and the mixers, to be very cold. This will make whipping easier.

Regular Whipped Cream Ingredients

For regular whipped cream , add one cup of heavy or whipping cream to a chilled bowl.

Make the Whipped Cream

Mix it until it thickens and starts to form peaks. Then add some sweetener. Generally three to four teaspoons of sugar will do. It is best to use whipped cream right away, but if you need to store it, put it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a day or two. It is also possible to freeze whipped cream if you need to store it for longer. Begin by putting a sheet of waxed paper on a cookie sheet. Now, drop individual dollops of whipped cream onto the waxed paper. Place the cookie sheet, uncovered, in the freezer. When the dollops of whipped cream are firm, you can remove them from the waxed paper and store them together in a freezer bag. When you are ready to use them, you can take these individual dollops and defrost them in the refrigerator for five to ten minutes before using.

Fat Free Whipped Cream Ingredients

For fat-free whipped cream, we are using evaporated milk, vanilla, and honey.

Make the Fat Free Whipped Cream

Empty the can of evaporated milk into a bowl and place it in the freezer until it begins to form ice crystals. This will make it easier to whip. Whip the evaporated milk until it begins to form peaks. When it is thickened, add one teaspoon vanilla and two teaspoons honey. You can adjust these measurements according to your taste. This fat-free whipped cream will not store well, so you should use it right away.

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