No mixer? No problem! Learn how to make whipped cream in a jar. All you need is whipping cream, vanilla, sugar, and a jar. (Oh, and some muscles to shake shake shake).
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Thanksgiving might be a little bit different this year. Maybe you’re making Thanksgiving for the first time on your own this year because you can’t travel back home. Or you’re cooking in your tiny apartment and you don’t own a mixer and all your bowls are dirty. Maybe your kids are underfoot and driving you crazy and you need something for them to do. Enter-making whipped cream in a jar. No special equipment needed. (Ok, if you’re really feeling overwhelmed, just buy some Cool Whip-this is a judgement free zone).
I pretty much always make whipped cream with a mixer. It’s fast and easy and my arm doesn’t get sore. BUT if you don’t have a mixer-you can make perfectly lovely whipped cream in a jar using nothing but your own shake power.
- Whipping cream or heavy cream-find in in the grocery store by the coffee creamer
- Powdered sugar-dissolves better than granulated sugar but you can certainly use granulated sugar in a bind. The amount of sugar you use is a little but up to you, I tend to be a little on the heavy side because I like extra sweet whipped cream, but you do you.
- Vanilla extract-for flavor. If you’re feeling sassy, try a different flavor extract instead (like say peppermint extract for peppermint whipped cream on brownies).
What is the difference between whipping cream and heavy cream?
The basic difference between whipping cream and heavy cream is the amount of milk fat. Whipping cream is 30-35% milkfat and heavy cream is 36%. (Where whole milk is only 4%). Both can be used to make whipped cream so don’t stress out if you can only find one or the other at the store. But other milk won’t work-not enough fat. It’s the fat molecules that break open and join together to create air pockets that make the whipped cream “whipped.”
How to make whipped cream in a jar?
- Start with a clean jar and cold whipping cream. Ideally, chill your jar too.
- Into the jar, pour your whipping cream, a teaspoon of vanilla, and a tablespoon or two of powdered sugar.
- Put the lid on your jar-TIGHT.
- Shake! Shake! Shake!-for 3-5 minutes (this is where kids come in handy-have them shake that jar while you do any of the other 100 things you need to do).
How long does whipped cream last?
Honestly, not very long. It’s not something you can make ahead of time. In the fridge, whipped cream is all right for 2-3 days but it will start to deflate after much more than 24 hours.
Recipes that benefit from some whipped cream:
Whipped Cream In A Jar
- 1/2 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional but recommended
- In a jar, pour whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
- Place the lid on the jar. TIGHT
- Shake! Shake 2-5 minutes or until you feel the cream go from liquid to more solid.
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