How to Make the Freshest Whipped Cream

One of the great indulgences in life is fresh whipped cream.

Instead of reaching for the shaky can of aerosol whip or the big plastic tub of airy foam, follow this super simple recipe to make the freshest, fluffiest, creamiest whipped cream you'll ever taste.

Top it on Pancakes, Hot Chocolate, Pie or straight off a spoon.

Just watch and see!

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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21 comments

  • Debbie

    can the fresh whip cream be stored? what's it's shelf life?

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    • Nicola

      Fresh whipped cream must be refrigerated and will keep for 2-3 days but is best used the same day. It's better to whip smaller quantities if you don't need a lot, as fresh, unwhipped cream will keep until its use-by date in the fridge. We get it in bottles, not cartons, in New Zealand, so not sure of the 'fridge-life' of the cartons.

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  • Nicola

    I grew up in South Africa but live in New Zealand now. I love your videos but was gobsmacked by this one as it's so simple (I know that's exactly what you're about!). I was just amazed that people wouldn't know more about using homemade whipped cream, as that's all we do. We would NEVER use a can. I don't know anyone in my circle who does, although I have tasted it before and it totally doesn't compare to fresh cream! Love your videos, and keep up the good work! You're an inspiration!

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  • T. Alvarez

    Homemade whipped cream is SOOOOOOO much better than that canned and tub stuff they sell at the supermarket. The canned stuff tends to have a metalic aftertaste and you will notice that once you've had fresh whipped cream. It's the easiest thing to make, and you can flavor it with pure extracts like vanilla and orange to add a subtle flavor. Perfect for topping fruit, ice cream, cakes, french toast, waffles, and pancakes too! It's worth the extra few minutes to make it and once you do, you'll wonder why you spent all those years buying the \"other\" stuff.

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  • Diane

    once again I am looking for the written recipe. very frustrating - I don't understand why if I click on the email photo it takes me to a video but no written recipe. so I put whip cream in the search and it has 31 choices, I find the whip cream& click on it and it takes me back to the video. Why can't the written recipe be right there?????

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    • Catherine

      I do video recipes and I do written recipes! If there is already a written recipe to go with the day's video then there will be a link to it in the written description of the video! In this case, there isn't really a set recipe which is why I don't have dedicated post for the Whipped Cream. Although, most of my video posts do have a written recipe to go with them!

      You just put the heavy cream (any amount you want, I would do about 1/2 to 1 cup or the entire container!) into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium to high for about 3 minutes. Once it starts to thicken, sprinkle in some powdered sugar (I use about 2-3 tablespoons per carton of cream). Then crank the mixer up to high speed and continue beating until it is light and fluffy! You can use more or less cream, more or less sugar, you can add vanilla extract. It's totally versatile and you can make it to suit your needs!

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  • Andy

    Also if you freeze the whip attachment and the bowl it accelerates the process. Vanilla extract is a nice addition too!

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  • Jeff

    I add Jack Daniel's to mine. It has a far more complex flavor, and roughly the same alcohol content as vanilla extract. And when topping my Jack and Coke cake, a match made in Heaven.

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  • Joan Juchemich

    I am 58 years old and I finally have a Kitchenaid. I have always wanted one. thanks to you and QVC I was able to get one on easy pay. I have been having a ball making MARSHMALLOWS> Both plain and toasted coconut. LOve it. Thanks for your creativeness in kitchen products!!!!

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  • Joan Krueger

    Love homemade whipped cream:)

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  • Stephanie

    Do you have a recipe for the delicious looking heart shaped treats in the picture for the whipped cream video?

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    • Catherine

      I do and they will be posted soon!

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  • Shannon

    I have a Kitchenaid hand mixer that has whisk beaters. I'll pour the whipping cream in a tall glass and attach just one of the whisks for an easy single serving.

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    • Catherine

      Great tip!

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  • Meredith B

    Just got a mixer as a birthday gift and remembered your simple recipe for whipped cream. So excited to try this as my first recipe attempt!! But a quick question, if I use the full 16 oz container, for how long will it stay fresh? (my apologies if you've answered this already) Thanks for all your amazing recipes, our family loves them!

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    • Catherine

      Whipped cream is really best used immediately, but it will keep for about 2 days. By the next day you might need to slightly rewhip it to bring back the fluffiness! So exciting about your birthday gift!!

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  • peachy2323

    How long would whipped cream last?love your videos

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    • Catherine

      I have kept whipped cream for several days at a time!

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  • peachy2323

    I made whipped cream

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  • peachy2323

    I put the bowl in the freezer for about 10minuets and made whipped it's because if I don't put the bowl in the freezer it won't work

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  • peachy2323

    The recipe worked great love your videos

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