To get whipped cream to hold its frothy peaks for longer than an hour on the picnic table, we've always resorted to gelatins or cornstarch to help stabilize the cream. But thanks to a tip from Good Food's Evan Kleiman, now we have a new trick to try!
One of the bakers that Kleiman was interviewing for her summer "pie-cast" series mentioned using something called manufacturing cream to make all of her whipped cream. She describes it as making the thickest, creamiest, and longest-lasting whipped cream imaginable. Kleiman immediately jumped in, confessing that her restaurant buys it by the case.
Manufacturing cream is nothing fancier than regular cream with a higher butterfat content (40% or more!) than even the heavy cream normally found in stores. This butterfat is the key to long-lasting whipped cream, since it forms a more stable molecular structure.
You can find manufacturing cream at Costco and Smart & Final stores. Some local dairies may carry it too, so ask around!
Have you ever used manufacturing cream in your cooking?
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