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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Saving whipping cream about to expire

You know when you have a nagging chore to take care of, but you just keep putting it off. It's not a difficult chore, but it just hasn't made it up very high on your priority list.

That's where I was the other day with taking care of some about to expire heavy whipping cream. I had turned some of it in to pumpkin ice cream to have for dessert on Thanksgiving. And I had the chilling cylinder in the freezer, waiting to make some peppermint ice cream, to save in the freezer until closer to Christmas. But it would still leave about 2 cups of heavy whipping cream needing to be used with a couple of days. I needed to whip it up and get it into the freezer.

Finally, last Wednesday, I reminded myself to just do it, then I can cross that item off my to-do list for the week, and not have it nag me again!

I did just that. I've told you how I save whipped cream, right? I whip it up with confectioner's sugar and a bit of vanilla extract.

Then I spoon it into mounds on a baking pan lined with plastic wrap. You can place these very close together, and pack quite a few onto one small pan. I did 12 mounds on a 8 X 10-inch pan.

Pop them into the freezer for several hours. Then peel them off the plastic wrap and store in a large zip lock bag in the freezer. They keep for several months. Thaw individually and they can be used to top desserts, fill cream puffs and eclairs, added to smoothies and milk shakes, top hot cocoa (you can cut the mounds in half when they're still frozen, for making smaller whip cream mounds for individual cups of cocoa), or added to homemade egg nog. I'll be adding these to eggnog in a couple of weeks. I'll make a lighter eggnog using whole milk, then after it's cooked and cooled, I'll whisk in a few thawed, whipped cream mounds to add richness.

And what do you suppose I did with the beaters, spoon and spatula? I made myself a decadent cup of chai tea, by stirring my cuppa with the utensils.

Oh, I just love marking off another item on my to-do list!


  1. I'm a huge to-do list fan, although I use an online site that makes me laugh (called Habitica). It's a task-based role playing game where you create task lists and as you check them off you character levels and gains abilities and equipment. I must be a product of my generation because I find it hugely amusing.

    1. Hi Cristie,
      I can push myself to get so much more done by using a to-do list, so I'm a huge fan, too. I'll check out Habitica. I've been using my notepad on my laptop. I prefer paper lists, but its so much quicker to type it all up than write it down.

      Have a great day, Cristie!

  2. Yum homemade whip cream. I have some food to do things this morning thanks for the post. I will get with it now. Lili do you have the homemade eggnog on the blog someplace? I would love to make some'

    1. Hi Patti,
      here's my eggnog recipe:
      It's very rich, so 1 quart goes a long, long way. I've made this as just a pint, before, and had enough for one occasion for the family (at about 3.5 ounces each). Enjoy!

      Have a great day, Patti!

    2. Yum, eggnog! Is this recipe one with cooked/tempered eggs or raw?

      I had some leftover whipping cream last week, too, Lili, and made an herbed bechamel sauce which I used on fish one night and for tetrazzini the next day. Definite crowd pleasers, and I used up the last of the fresh herbs from Thanksgiving, too. :)


    3. Sara, this is a cooked eggnog recipe. Your use for leftover whipping cream sounds like delicious choices, Sara!

    4. Great timing, Lili! I finally found a cooked egg eggnog recipe last year that we liked, and now I can't remember which one it was/where I put it. So, this year I'll go with yours! :) Sara

  3. Though I've never had to worry about using up whipping cream at our house, this is a great idea, Lili. On the subject of to-do lists, I am still very much a paper and pen person. Habitica sounds like a fun way to get motivated--I'll show my young adult son that website. He might really enjoy it, being the "gamer" that he is.

    1. Hi Mary,
      If my list has to travel, then I find paper and pen to be indispensable! But whichever way I choose to make my lists, having the list itself is such a great motivator for me.

  4. Yet another fabulous idea! I'm gonna make CatMan a pumpkin pie for the holidays, and we never seem to be able to eat up all the whipped cream... well... um... actually, I'm quite capable of eating it by the gallon, but my tummy isn't exactly appreciative! So I think I'll try this method - all things being equal, I'd rather have decadent morning coffee topped with frozen whipped cream for a few weeks than a giant post-pie stomach ache! :-)

    1. Hi Cat,
      freezing the already whipped cream works very nicely. It doesn't weep, but maintains its fluffiness upon thawing.
      I bet CatMan really appreciates the pumpkin pie!

  5. I know exactly what you mean about a nagging chore one has been putting off. I feel so much better when actually do it. lol

    I saw a recipe today for peppermint eggnog, which consisted of peppermint ice cream and eggnog. This cream would be perfect to include. Great idea. :)

    1. Hi Belinda,
      Yes, definitely! I feel like I have a mental road-block until I get those nagging chores done and out of the way.

      Oh yum! Peppermint Eggnog sounds delicious!


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