How To Use A Cream Whipper: Beginners Guide
Are you looking to expand your culinary skills? Is this year the year to start creating creative cooking concoctions? Well that’s great and all, but how do you get started? Try a new recipe? A new tool? A new kitchen?
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What is a cream whipper, you ask, let’s find out.
What Is A Cream Whipper?
A cream whipper is also known as a whipped cream dispenser. It’s a universal kitchen tool that’s used to make various types of desserts, creams, sauces, foams, and most notably whipped cream.
The dispenser, which is sometimes known as a ‘Syphon’ or ‘Whipper’, is made from several components.
First, there is the dispenser body or 'chamber', which is made of aluminium or stainless steel. Then there is the top of the dispenser, which consists of the valve and gasket. This part relies on gas bulbs to pressurise the dispenser, which instantly dissolves the gas into a liquid. When the valve is opened, the liquid is forced out of the nozzle by the high pressure which transforms the liquid into a whip, mousse or foam.
Basically, it’s a hand-held kitchen appliance that helps mix several ingredients together to get that soft, pillowy texture.
What Is A Cream Whipper Used For?
A cream whipper is most commonly used for making both hot and cold additions to desserts and hot drinks, like whipped cream. It is made by using a thickening cream with an optimal fat content between 27-36%.
When charging one of Taste Revolution’s N2O Cream Charger into the canister, the N2O instantly dissolves the fat. Then, when the lever is pressed it releases the pressure causing the gas to expand within the fat molecule, dispensing whipped cream.
It saves a lot of time and effort because a cream whipper creates up to 3x the amount as opposed to whipping air into the cream. This makes it ideal for commercial venues such as bakeries, cafés and even, your own kitchen.
Although this may be a dispenser's primary function, they can also add texture to components of any savoury dishes. For example, they are perfect for making foams, mousses and even infusions.
The great thing about cream whippers is that they allow delicate mixtures to be kept for longer in the dispenser as there’s no exposure to the air and Nitrous Oxide hosts preservative properties to keep recipes fresh for up to 14 days. This makes it a valuable and versatile tool for you to have.
How To Use A Cream Whipper
Step 1: Clean the Components
- Ensure to clean the bottle, gas cartridge, piping tip and screws thoroughly in cold water.
- Towel dry them properly.
Step 2: Choose Your Piping Tip
- First, unscrew the lid of the cream whipper.
- Insert your favourite piping tip at the top of the dispenser.
- Ensure the tip is connected properly with the head value.
- Check to see if the gasket is in place at the bottom part of the head.
Step 3: Add the Ingredients
- It’s better to use whipping cream but if you don’t have this, you can use double cream, but the results of using double cream will create a denser foam whereas whipping cream will create a light and airy whipped foam.
- Pour the cream or your desired liquid into the bottle.
- You can add sugar or any other kind of flavouring, such as a flavour syrup, if you wish to customise your classic cream.
- Ensure the total mixture doesn’t cross the max fill line - some space should be left so the gas and cream can be shaken together.
Step 4: Charge!
- Secure the head tightly on the bottle.
- Put the charger into the holder and screw it on the head of the canister. The smaller end should be facing upwards while doing this.
- Twist gently until the gas gets released. You’ll be able to hear a small ‘hiss’ while it happens.
Step 5: Shake, Shake, Shake!
Shake the cream whipper to mix the gas with the cream - the more you shake, the thicker the cream.
- Shaking it helps the nitrous oxide gas get mixed up with the mixture properly.
- Once it’s ‘charged’, don’t use it on food straight away. It’s good to test it first to get rid of any gas or non-whipped cream that may be in the valve.
Step 6: Serve & Enjoy!
- Press the lever and enjoy your whipped cream on top of your drink or dessert.
- If the cream comes out runny, give the dispenser another shake.
- The N2O gas does act as a preservative, but only for the contents pressurised within the dispenser alongside the Nitrous Oxide, so if you’re storing your cream whipper overnight, remove the decorating nozzle for cleaning and keep it refrigerated.
- SAFETY WARNING: When your cream whipper is empty and you want to dismantle the siphon, remember the canister is pressurised, so before you refill, press the lever to release all of the pressure.
Step 7: Don’t Forget To Clean Up!
How To Clean Your Whipped Cream Dispenser
Some cream whipper models are made from stainless steel, which means the bottle and head are dishwasher safe. We advise you to read the information supplied on your cream whipper.
If you need to or prefer to hand-clean your cream whipper, first ensure that the dispenser isn’t charged with nitrous oxide - if there is some leftover, press the lever to release the pressure.
Then, follow our simple steps:
- Unscrew the head, the nozzle, the protective cap and charger holder and leave to one side.
- If there’s a separate metal base, remove it.
- Turn the dispenser over and remove the gasket ring from inside the head.
- Push the pressure valve down where it can be fully removed.
- Use a sponge or cloth with warm, soapy water and gently rub the parts until they are clean.
- Ensure you clean the pressure valve thoroughly and remove any leftover cream.
- Allow your cream whipper to air dry before reassembling.
Benefits Of Using A Cream Whipper
- No need to add extra ingredients to keep the cream light and airy.
- Results in a cleaner, brighter and better taste as the true flavours aren’t hidden.
- Able to preserve and keep creams and foams fresher for up to 7-10 days when refrigerated.
- Adds volume and body to sauces and dressings.
- Allows you to experiment with recipes and flavours.
Advice On Getting The Most Out Of Your Cream Whipper
We want to make sure you get the most of your cream whipper, so here are a few tips that might come in handy when you’re using your cream whipper.
- When you’re cleaning your cream whipper, make sure you don’t scrub the components with any abrasive materials, as this may cause some damage. Instead, use a damp cloth or sponge.
- Once you’ve finished using your cream whipper, make sure the leftover gas is released from the bottle. You do this by gently pressing the lever to control the gas release - once you think the chamber is empty, hold the trigger all the way down for 5 seconds to ensure the siphon is completely depressurised.
- If the cream or foam doesn’t come out as cold as you would like, pop the charger in the fridge and try again in a few hours.
- When shaking the cream whipper, you don’t need to shake it for very long, as this might thicken the cream up too much.
Once you know how to use a cream whipper in the correct way, you’ll be blown away with all the incredible recipes you can try out. So, if we have tempted you, why not browse through our collection of cream whippers? - Don’t forget to buy some cream chargers to go with it!
At Taste Revolution, we provide high-quality, simple and affordable cream whippers across the UK. Get in touch with us if you’d like some help with your purchase.