National Whipped Cream Day | A new twist for the new year

Whipped Cream

National Whipped Cream Day is a great day to put a savory twist on the usually sweet treat. Image: Flickr / icanchangethisright / CC-BY

Today, Jan. 5, is National Whipped Cream Day. National Whipped Cream day may not have huge political or social importance, but it is still worth celebrating. It’s a great day to try out some non-traditional twists to this creamy dessert.

The science of National Whipped Cream Day

Whipped cream has, for most people, been reduced to cream-in-a-can. However, making your own whipped cream is relatively easy; just introduce lots of air into dairy cream. The proteins in the milk react to being vigorously stirred by stringing together and “grabbing” onto air. The one downfall of homemade whipped cream is that it can fall or break apart, because it is not as stable as  manufactured products with additives.

The solution to broken whipped cream

Don’t let broken whipped cream dissuade you from celebrating National Whipped Cream Day. It’s true that if you let homemade whipped cream sit for more than 12 hours, it could break apart. You can prevent this, however, by additional ingredient before you start whipping. First, heat 2 tablespoons of the whipping cream in a microwave or saucepan and combine it with 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin. Let it sit for a few minutes, and combine it with sugar and the remaining cream. Whip with a whisk or whisk attachment on a mixer, and you’ve got whipped cream that should remain stable for two to three times as long.

Try a new whipped cream twist

Sure, the traditional whipped cream is plenty sweet. By adding just a few new ingredients, though, your whipped cream can become the centerpiece of your main dish or appetizer. Try blending 1 pint whipping cream with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons chili powder for a spicy kick. Use 2 tablespoons maple syrup instead of sugar for an earthy sweetness. Fold 1/2 cup of pureed avocado in with the whipped cream to make a light and flavorful addition to grilled shrimp and baguette slices. National Whipped Cream Day is the perfect time to try out a new spin on whipped treats.

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