Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Don't buy fake substitutes! We learned here what is in Cool Whip. It's loaded with trans fat. When I was a kid, I had a real thing for Cool Whip. Now that I'm grown and I read my labels, I won't touch the stuff! It just grosses me out to realize it's just Crisco that is whipped. Have you ever noticed how it never changes if it's left out at room temperature? I have noticed it on a spoon in the sink, the morning after serving a dessert, and it hasn't melted like real whip cream will. And it is hard to rinse off a spoon--because it's grease!
So make it from scratch instead. It really only takes about 5 minutes and tastes fabulous!
1 cup heavy cream (I use raw)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tb sugar
This make about 2 cups of whipped cream. That is plenty for our family of four (with leftover). If you need more, just double this recipe.
I have learned that cream will not whip very well if it is too shallow. So don't use a big Tupperware bowl. I use one of those square Ziploc disposable containers. This way, when I whip just one cup of cream, it is deep enough to whip in the air.
I fit a collar of foil around the bowl to catch the splatters of cream.
Whip the cream and vanilla on high until thickened, but not stiff. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and keep beating until it's as thick as you want. I like my whip cream really thick (thicker than in the photo), but you have to be careful. If you whip it too much, it will separate into butter and whey.
The only disadvantage I see of real whipped cream to Cool Whip is it's ability to keep. This will keep for a while in the fridge, you can make it ahead, but I've noticed it's a bit runny the next day. Not sure if it would re-whip. I usually make it as close to serving time as I can.
[Concerned about the saturated fat? Click here.]