Do you want whipped cream on your dessert? In your coffee? Whisk up your own fluffy white cloud of cream and skip the sort that comes in the metal and plastic canister. Standard paper cartons of whipping cream from your local grocery store do have a plastic liner, so when you’re done with the carton, send it to your local recycling facility if possible (ours started accepting these recently). I reuse the cartons to freeze soup and we’ve built little houses for my daughters’ tiny toy animals from them, too. If you’re lucky enough to have access to whipping cream in a glass jar, or better yet, straight from the cow, by all means go that route.
I know this one is easy if you already know how, but I’ve run into a few friends who always buy the canisters because they think it’s hard to make their own. Here are simple directions for Whipped Cream Less Plastic:
- Pour your whipped cream into a bowl. You want a bowl that’s large enough that your cream fills it about 1/3 of the way. There’s no need to measure unless you’re following a recipe. If you need a lot of whipped cream, use a lot of liquid cream in a large bowl; for less, use less in a smaller bowl. Do this once and you’ll be able to eyeball if forever after.
- Whisk away! Use your whisk to trap air in the cream – Moving your whisk in circles down one side of the bowl, across the bottom, back up the other side and around again (and again) does the trick.
- Stop when soft peaks have formed and hold their shape. Don’t whisk too long, or you’ll end up with lumpy almost-butter. You can use an electric mixer for this, but you’ll want to go slowly to avoid crossing from cream to butter. Why not whisk it by hand and build a bit of muscle?
- Add sweetener or flavorings as desired – A dash of maple syrup lends a lovely flavor for fall pies, or a bit of powdered sugar will dissolve quickly. We like ours without any sugar, with just a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- Use as desired. Enjoy.
If I haven’t convinced you to whip up your own cream, and you’re still going to use the sort in the metal canisters, here’s a video that shows you how to prepare your empty canisters for safe recycling of the metal.
I’m going to pick more blackberries for a pie less plastic to go with this bowl I just whisked up. What’s your favorite use for whipping cream?