Q. I whipped a whole container of whipping cream into whipped cream to top the pie I served at a holiday dinner, and now I have a huge bowl of whipped cream leftover. I don’t typically eat whipped cream, and have no idea what I’m going to do with the bowl of whipped cream I have sitting in my fridge. I hate throwing out food, so I’m looking for a way to keep it for future use. Can you freeze whipped cream?
A. Yes, you can! Whipped cream freezes extremely well, and can be used quite successfully upon thawing. Although it has a high fat content, which normally tends to separate when frozen, whipped cream maintains its consistency due to the addition of sugar to the cream. Freezing whipped cream is a snap, and it keeps frozen for several months without losing texture or flavour. It can be frozen in large batches or smaller, individual serving sizes, depending on your personal needs.
How to freeze whipped cream?
To freeze a large batch of whipped cream, place the entire amount in a freezer bag. Squeeze out the excess air, then label and date the bag. The freezer bag can then be laid flat in the freezer and stacked to save space. To thaw frozen whipped cream, remove the bag from the freezer and thaw in the fridge for several hours or overnight. Never thaw whipped cream on the counter, as the uneven, warm temperature can cause bacteria to grow. To use, scoop whipped cream from the bag, or snip off a corner of the freezer bag to allow for easy piping of the whipped cream onto desserts.
Whipped cream can also be frozen in single serving dollops. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place dollops of whipped cream on it. Place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes, or until dollops are frozen and hard. Remove the tray from the freezer and place the frozen whipped cream into freezer bags, being careful not to crush them. Remove the excess air from the bag and seal it. Label and date the bag.
How to defrost whipped cream?
To use, thaw the required number of dollops in the fridge. Since they are small, they don’t take long to thaw completely and be ready for use.
Keep thawed whipped cream refrigerated to keep fresh and use within 24 hours. Never refreeze previously frozen whipped cream.