Recently, a very sweet reader emailed in and asked that we share some basic kitchen skills/knowledge now and again. I LOVED this idea because I remember when I first started getting into cooking and was feeling a little overwhelmed at times.
I’ve had a lot of ah-ha moments over the years (heck, I still have them!). Some things are easier than you think, or just one little trick makes all the difference.
For example, did you know that making homemade whipped cream is about the easiest thing in the world. The first time I whipped up a batch I was totally blown away by how simple the process was.
And having fresh whipped cream ready at your next family dinner is an easy and fun way to impress!
Homemade whipped cream, makes about 3 cups.
Needed: 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, pour the cream, beat on medium for about 3-4 minutes until the cream begins to thicken.
Add in the sugar and extract and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. You can do this by hand with a whisk; adjust your beating time (add on another 5-8 minutes).
Easy right? Add a little whipped cream to ice cream, brownies, warm pie or to top off a cake. If your feeling experimental swap out the vanilla extract for another flavor—like mint extract. Enjoy! xo. Emma
This is a great new series, Elsie. I love seeing how other artists come up with their ideas and their process. Thanks for sharing!!
Here’s a top tip that a friend does – you can whip cream by putting it into a glass jar with a plastic marble. Screw a top on and shake it – the marble creates friction and whips the cream. Just don’t ever use a glass marble because it will break the jar.
Next kitchen basic update, whip it even longer and you have butter.
Lol, this is just to funny! I didn´t belive that there are people in the world who don´t know how to do whipped cream. That is just crazy and funny 🙂 It´s crazy how a such a simple thing that we take for granted that everybody know´s how to do, that you are used to buy whipped cream in a can. I think I have bought one of does sometimes but they taste like shit. Whipped cream is so easy to do and delicious if you it on your own 🙂
Eeeh, are you people serious? You didn’t know how to make wipped cream?! I would never buy already-wipped cream, much more artificial and sugary.
You can whip cream in a jar without a beater.
Just put in a jar and shake… in about 7 minutes you have whipping cream… add sugar and enjoy.
If you keep going, it will take about 3 more minutes to separate into butter – yum. And buttermilk… pancakes anyone?!?!?
I’m sorry, but this actually made me laugh. A lot. Like some other already pointed out, this must be a cultural crash. I’m from sweden and we allways whipp our own cream. I think I bought cream in a can once, and that was when my electric handmixer was broken. And really, it does not taste good with cream from a can…
Hehe. Funny how diffrent it can be in other countries 🙂
such a great new feature!! I’d love to see a post on different spice rack ideas… either favorites, or DIY, or vintage… I’m at a loss with my abundance of spices!
Whipped. Cream. Pretty self-explanatory, no? *sigh* Americans…
“The first time I whipped up a batch I was totally blown away by how simple the process was. And having fresh whipped cream ready at your next family dinner is an easy and fun way to impress!”
Sorry, but this is so funny! 😀
In Europe you wouldn´t impress anyone by making whipped cream. Very few buy these instant whipped cream spray cans. It is disgusting, expensive and it starts to melt if you don´t eat it immediately. So please spread the word to your fellow countrymen how simple it is to make real whipped cream. But don´t expect the Nobel prize if you discover that you can make your own butter too! 😉
Sweden here too 🙂
R u ppl serious when you say you don´t know how to boil an egg or whipp cream?
Do you only eat things that r processed to the limit?
You sure have missed out a LOT of good AND healthy stuff!!
Yeah, uhm, I’m also from Sweden and we do have the cream-from-a-jar-thing in the store, but whipping your own is a given and it does sound hilarious to us that someone wouldn’t know how to. 🙂 Cultural crash absolutely! 🙂
Those pics just triggered my sweet tooth!
only you can make a basic like whipped cream looks so sexy
ooooh please share tips for alfredo sauce, and ranch dressing. tried it once but tastes completely different….
Another schocked swede reporting in!
(Whipped cream in a can, that’s not really cream if you read the label, is it?) It’s really fun to see theese small cultural differences. Like when I went to england and they didn’t have antyhing for shaving(?) the cheese.
On the other hand, many swedes I know have no idea you can actually whisk the cream by hand, so maybe I should direct them here to ^^
Thanks for a super blog!
this is so funny, can’t stop laughing!
Are you guys serious?? Dont´t you know how to make whipped cream?? Here is one more mind blowing fact for you:
1. Put cream in a jar
2. Shake the jar
3. Shake the jar
4. After some more shaking the cream will start to separate
5. Shake some more
6. When the cream has separated into thin liquid and a lump..
7. Pour out the liquid
8. Put the lump in a bowl
9. Stir in som salt
10. And what do you have now??? YOU´R VERY OWN HOME MADE BUTTER. Made from scratch LOL
This is how butter is made, it´s that easy. Butter bought in the store is made the same way, but instead of doing it by hand machines do the job.
If you care to impress your unenlightened friends some more, add fresh herbs, garlic or lime.
Kind regards from Norway
PS. Please contact me if you would like to know about som more basic cooking skills, like making your own cream cheese .D
Oh my….I too cannot believe there are instructions how to whip cream!!! My 4 year old has that job in our family.
Here in Australia I have never heard of cream in a jar!! Seriously? Yuk.