If you are a fan of decadent desserts and you like making them at home, I’m sure you must have stumbled upon numerous ingredients. One of the ingredients you may have encountered is frozen whipped topping or frozen whipped cream.
Not familiar with this ingredient? Well, if you want to continue making more kinds of desserts, you should become familiar with this ingredient at once. I think it is one of the most used ingredients in the culinary world when it comes to making all sorts of sweets.
It’s a good thing you’ve come to the right place, because in this article, you will learn all about what frozen whipped topping is, how to make it, how to store it, and how long it can last until it goes bad.
Hopefully by the end of this article, you will have gained enough knowledge on another useful ingredient in the kitchen that could make you become a better dessert cook.
What Is Frozen Whipped Topping
Frozen whipped topping is basically cream and sugar that has been whipped. It has a light and fluffy consistency that makes it a great addition to cakes, drinks, pancakes, pies, and more.
Is real whipped cream and frozen whipped topping the same? The simple answer would be no.Frozen whipped topping tend to come with artificial flavorings that makes it taste a lot sweeter than real whipped cream.
Unlike real whipped cream, frozen whipped topping can hold its shape a lot longer, can be re-whipped, and can increase in volume by up to 300%. Because of so, even though it has less authentic cream flavors, it has become the preferred choice when it comes to garnishing desserts.
Another fact that makes frozen whipped topping a more common choice than real whipped cream is its cheaper price.
How To Make A Frozen Whipped Topping Alternative
Ran out of frozen whipped toppings? Don’t worry, you can easily make a batch at home with just three simple ingredients:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/3 cup or 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- Pinch of salt
- ½ tsp Cornstarch
To make your whipped cream, start by chilling your whipping cream. You can do so by placing it in a small bowl and placing the small bowl in a large bowl with ice. Doing this will help you attain the right consistency once you start whisking all the ingredients together.
Once your whipping cream is all chilled, you should continue by adding the sugar, salt, and cornstarch to the bowl.
You may wonder why I included cornstarch in this mix, especially when most whipped cream recipes do not include it. Cornstarch is an essential ingredient in this recipe because it helps stabilize the whipped cream. That way, it wouldn’t become a gooey mix that wouldn’t be able to stand on its own like frozen whipped topping can.
After adding in all these ingredients, all that is left for you to do is whisk it using a hand mixer, or better yet, an electric mixer. Continue to whip the cream until you end up with a light and fluffy substance. You will know that you are close to reaching that consistency when peaks start to form as you whisk your cream.
Take note that a cup of thawed frozen whipped topping is equivalent to ½ cup of unwhipped whipping cream.
How Long Does Frozen Whipped Topping Last
In my kitchen, frozen whipping cream doesn’t really last long because it immediately ends up on top of every dessert I ever eat. But if we’re talking about how long it takes until it goes bad, then you’re looking at up to 4 months, considering the right storage conditions.
A store bought frozen whipped topping that is unopened can last for about 3 weeks when stored in the fridge and can be stored for a year when frozen. A homemade frozen whipped topping that is also unopened on the other hand can only last for 3 days when stored in the fridge and about 3 months when frozen.
Once you have used and opened the packaging for frozen whipped toppings, you can expect it to have a shelf life of approximately a week if it’s store bought. If it’s home made, I suggest you eat it all at once because it may only be good for 2 days.
To tell whether your homemade or store bought frozen whipped topping has gone bad, all you have to do is rely on your senses. Namely your sight and smell. If there are any discolorations present in your frozen whipped cream or if there are any foul odors emanating from it, chances are it’s already spoiled.
A significant change in consistency is also an obvious sign of spoilage. If you see any water floating on top of your cream, you should just throw it away cause there’s a pretty large chance that it has gone bad.
If you dare to taste it just to make sure, you will find that it has a dry taste that just sticks to your tongue. It may also taste all sour and tangy. Do not attempt to use it even though you think it would be okay. Doing so may only lead to unfavorable digestive problems.
The Bottom Line
Frozen whipped topping is a great ingredient that you can add to all sorts of desserts just to make it more aesthetically pleasing, fluffy, creamy, and tasty. It’s a great addition to cakes, coffees, hot chocolates, flaky pies, hot fudge brownies, fluffy pancakes, french toast, and pretty much any kind of sweet food that you can think off.
Remember, if you ever run out of frozen whipped topping, know that you can easily make some at home by mixing up some sugar, whipping cream, salt, and cornstarch.
If you have any questions about this article, please leave your comment on the box below. I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you and happy eating!