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Video:How to Stabilize Whipped Cream

with Stephanie Gallagher

It's easy to make perfectly fluffy whipped cream that holds its shape when you follow these simple tips and tricks for stabilizing whipped cream.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Stabilize Whipped Cream

I'm Stephanie Gallagher for About.com, and today, I'll show you some tips for stabilizing whipped cream. The easiest way is to add a little gelatin.

Ingredients Needed for Stabilizing Whip Cream

  • 1/2 tsp. plain unflavored gelatin
  • 1 Tbsp. cold water
  • 1 cup of whipping cream

Whip Cream Stabilizes Best with Cold Tools and Ingredients

Put the tablespoon of water in a little bowl, and add the gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Now start making the whipped cream. You want your bowl and your beaters to be very cold - I put both in the freezer for 15 minutes to make sure they're nice and cold.The cream should be very cold, too. Keep it refrigerated until you're ready to use it. And make sure you're using whipping cream or heavy cream. Light cream or half and half won't have enough fat to whip properly.

Pour the cold cream in the chilled bowl, and start beating. When it gets very thick, add the gelatin mixture.Continue beating until it becomes the consistency of whipped cream, like this.Now what if you're a vegetarian and you can't use gelatin to stabilize your whipped cream? You can still enjoy fresh whipped cream on treats like this berry crisp.

Alternate Whip Cream Recipe for Vegans

For each cup of cream, you will need:
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. agar flakes or 1 tsp. of agar powder. This is a sea vegetable that can substitute for gelatin in puddings and creams

Follow the same procedure for getting your whipped cream started.When it starts to thicken, like this, add the agar flakes and the powdered sugar. Continue beating until it becomes whipped, like this.Now you can enjoy homemade whipped cream on everything from hot chocolate to

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