Can You Really Make Whipped Cream with Just a Mason Jar?

Putting Tips to the Test in The Kitchn

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Can it really be possible to make homemade whipped cream with just a mason jar?

No tired arm from whisking. No lugging the stand mixer out just to make a few dollops of whipped cream. No beaters to wash, or immersion blender to clean. Instead, there's a method as simple as pouring whipping cream in a jar, sealing the lid nice & tight and giving it a good shake. Kind of sounds too good to be true, right?!

The Original Tip

I first read this tip, written by Chris Scheuer, in Parade Magazine. Although, a quick Google search for mason jar whipped cream yields quite a few results, as well.

Tired of canned whipped cream, Chris began making her own simply by shaking it up in a mason jar. She recommends placing a mason jar in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes beforehand, then adding heavy cream (sugar and vanilla, optional, depending on your sweet tooth), and shaking the jar vigorously for 5 to 6 minutes.

Read the original tip: 5-Minute Fresh Whipped Cream in a Mason Jar at Parade Magazine

The Testing Method

To test this method, I opted to skip placing the mason jar in the freezer. Instead, I filled a room temperature mason jar about halfway full with 1 cup of cold heavy whipping cream, a pinch of granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. I screwed the lid on the jar, and started vigorously shaking.

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The Results

Light and fluffy whipped cream in less than 60 seconds!

I read a number of accounts that mention this method taking anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes. I tried this method several times (it still seemed too good to be true after the first try!) and it took me no longer than 45 seconds to go from liquidy cream to perfect dessert topping. Perhaps my excitement got the best of me and I’m an especially vigorous shaker.

Other methods recommend adding the sugar and vanilla as the cream begins to thicken. This works equally well. I prefer adding everything in the beginning just to keep things simple.

Verdict: This is a mind-blowing tip!

Final Notes

I found a new go-to method for making whipped cream, for sure! It's quick, easy and there's barely any clean up. I also love that the mason jar also serves as a storage container if you have any leftovers.

This method is especially wonderful to use while you’re traveling! So, if you’re planning on doing any cooking during your summer vacation, I highly recommend packing a mason jar….dessert is always better with homemade whipped cream!

Have you ever tried making whipped cream in a mason jar?

(Image credits: Kelli Dunn)