Several months ago I saw some friends online posting about how they were making their own whipped cream. Healthier, tastier, and all around better than the store bought stuff. It seemed interesting and easy, I wanted to try it!
Fast forward to the 4th of July, and I was going to make a fruit salad with homemade whipped cream to go on the side, but then life happened and pretty soon the cook out was over, everyone was leaving, and my carton of whipping cream was sitting untouched in the fridge. I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I had to find something else to make that would call for whipped cream.
I decided on my new found strawberry shortcake recipe that I have fallen in love with this summer. I made the shortcakes and cut up the strawberries and then started working on the whipped cream.
Most of the recipes I had found called for a stand mixer, which I don’t have, so I started looking for one that used a hand mixer or something easier. Well, I found this one that called for nothing but a mason jar! It seemed too good to be true, but then if it was true then I totally wanted in on it!
The basic concept was really easy and you can change it up to flavor the cream, vary the sweetness, or even make butter!
1 cup heavy whipping cream
pinch of sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Put all the ingredients in a mason jar, screw on the lid, and shake the shit out of it.
The original recipe poster said she only shook it for about 60 seconds and had light, fluffy whipped cream. I was not so successful, Wonderful Husband and I took turns shaking the mason jar for about 7 minutes and ended up with delicious, liquidy whipped cream. Like Cool Whip that has been stirred for too long. I put it in the fridge for about an hour while I got Little Darling bathed and into bed. Then I started plating the shortcakes, when I took it out it was much fluffier and solid than when I first made it, but within minutes of being out of the fridge it was going liquid again.
It was still amazing and made the shortcakes even better than the first time I made them.
Later, I realized that I had regular whipping cream instead of heavy whipping cream, I am not sure if that is what made it so liquidy. I will definitely be trying this in the future, it was much tastier than Cool Whip and I felt really good knowing exactly what was in it compared to the weird preservatives in store bought stuff.
I will also being trying to make butter too, apparently, if you just shake the jar long enough you end up with butter. Can’t wait to try that!