Welcome to our blog! If you’re a pastry chef, a home cook, or just someone who loves to make whipped cream, you’ve likely heard of these handy little cylinders. But do you know exactly what they are and how they work? In this post, we’ll dive into the definition, how it works, and how to use a whipped cream charger.
Whipped cream charger
A steel cylinder known as a whipped cream charger contains nitrous oxide (N2O), a gas frequently utilized in whipped cream dispensers as a whipping agent. The cylinder is sealed with foil, which is penetrated to release the gas through a sharp pin within the dispenser.
Aside from being used as a whipping agent, nitrous oxide is also popularly abused as a recreational drug, making the convenient form of whipped cream chargers an attractive source. The chargers are known by various slang terms, such as “whippits,” “whippets,” “nos,” “nossies,” and “nangs.” In Australia, the term “nangs” is particularly used to refer to nitrous oxide-filled whipped cream cartridges.
How a whipped cream charger works
A whipped cream charger operates by using nitrous oxide (N2O) gas that is stored inside the cylinder under high pressure. To release the gas, the foil covering at the narrow end of the charger is punctured with a sharp pin within the dispenser. This allows the nitrous oxide to rapidly expand and enter the dispenser, along with the ingredients added by the user.
The process of whipping with gas is essentially the injection of gas into a liquid, similar to using a soda siphon. However, the main difference lies in the type of gas used – a soda siphon uses pressurized carbon dioxide (CO2) while a whipped cream charger uses nitrous oxide (N2O). These different gases have distinct properties, which result in varied culinary applications.
How To Use A Cream Whipper
To get the best quality cream and yield, it’s important to use the cream whipper correctly. Before starting, make sure that all parts of the dispenser are included and that you have a suitable cream charger ready. Consider the steps below.
- Step 1: Securely attach the desired tip to the dispenser by screwing the top off and inserting the tip. Ensure that the O-ring or gasket is in place on the underside of the head.
- Step 2: Pour the cream or desired liquid into the dispenser up to the maximum fill line, taking care not to overfill.
- Step 3: Secure the top of the canister by screwing it on evenly, making sure not to cross-thread. Insert the whipper charger into the holder with the narrow end facing upwards, then twist the holder onto the canister until you hear the gas release, indicated by a hissing sound.
- Step 4: Shake the dispenser a few times, then twist it upside down. Dispense the cream by pressing the lever at the top as needed. If the cream is too thin, shake the dispenser a couple of times before dispensing again.
- Step 5: Once the charger is empty, release any remaining pressure over a sink, unscrew the top and dispose of the charger. Use a small brush to clean out any residue from the nozzle.
How To Clean A Cream Whipper
Keeping your cream whipper in pristine condition is essential for ensuring its longevity and optimal performance. The cleaning process may seem daunting, but it’s actually quite simple. By following these easy steps, you’ll have your cream whipper cleaned, disinfected and ready to use in no time.
- Unscrew the head from the bottle. (Note: Do not attempt to unscrew the head while the dispenser is charged with nitrous oxide. Any residual gas in the bottle should be released by pressing the lever.)
- Remove the nozzle, protective cap, and charger holder.
- If there is a separate metal base, take it out.
- Take the flat gasket ring from inside the head by turning the dispenser over.
- Push the pressure valve stick down and remove it.
- Clean the parts with a soft sponge or cloth dipped in warm soapy water.
- Thoroughly clean the pressure valve, removing any trace of leftover cream or particles.
- If storing the whipper in the fridge overnight, remove the nozzle and rinse it out.
- Allow the cream whipper bottle to air dry before reassembling the parts for optimal hygiene.
When using a whipped cream charger, it is important to consider safety and follow proper usage instructions.
Here are a few key safety considerations to keep in mind:
- Handle the small gaskets on the pressure valve with care to avoid damage.
- Avoid using abrasive cleaning chemicals or stainless steel cleaners.
- Do not attempt to remove the pressure valve while it is still charged with nitrous oxide.
- To clear a blockage, cover the spout with a cloth or towel and discharge the remaining gas before cleaning the valve.
- Running the valve under hot water typically suffices to remove any blockages.
By following these guidelines, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience while using your whipped cream charger.
How to make whipped cream like Starbucks makes it?
If you’re looking to recreate the fluffy and delicious whipped cream served at Starbucks, then you’re in luck! The secret to their whip cream lies in the use of a full-size cream dispenser. Starbucks uses the 1 pint ISI Profi dispenser and one N20 charger for double the output compared to hand whisking.
Here’s what you’ll need in terms of ingredients:
- 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
- 8 teaspoons of vanilla syrup
Of course, you can also switch things up by trying different flavors like chocolate, espresso, and raspberry instead of vanilla. While the exact proportions used by Starbucks remain a mystery, with these guidelines, you’re well on your way to whipping up delicious and creamy treats!
Uses of whipped cream chargers
- Making whipped cream
- Whipped cream dispensers are a staple in both commercial and home kitchens for creating whipped cream for various dishes and drinks. However, the nitrous oxide contained in the whipped cream chargers has a variety of uses beyond just providing the fluffiness for your favorite dessert.
- a Food Propellent
- Nitrous oxide is utilized in preserving a variety of products, especially partially cooked foods that can be finished later. The gas stops the growth of bacteria in food products, making it a critical component in several aerosol sprays used in cooking. Nitrous oxide is also used to fill the air in snacks and chips, helping to eliminate bacteria growth.
- As a Medical Agent:
- In dentistry, nitrous oxide is a safe and widely used agent for mild sedation and pain relief. Dentists utilize a specialized machine that mixes nitrous oxide with oxygen and controls the flow of the gas.
- In Culinary Foam Applications:
- Nitrous oxide is utilized in creating culinary foams, including whipped cream.
Please note that nitrous oxide can also be used recreationally as a drug, and in model rocketry.
- Inhaling nitrous oxide directly from a whipped cream charger is not recommended and can be dangerous, leading to oxygen deprivation, brain damage, and even death.
- The possession of nitrous oxide found in whipped cream chargers is legal in many countries, including Australia, the USA, Europe, and the UK, but with the intent to abuse or inhale, it is not. Nitrous oxide is regulated as a food product.
- The possession of devices specifically designed to open whipped cream chargers, commonly known as crackers, may be illegal in certain areas. Blue Flag will not sell its products to anyone who uses them for illegal purposes.
In conclusion, whipped cream chargers are a key ingredient in creating whipped cream with a whipped cream dispenser. These steel cylinders are filled with nitrous oxide (N2O) and when the charger’s foil is broken, the gas is released and mixed with cream to create whipped cream. Whipped cream chargers are not only a popular tool in the kitchen, but they have a wide range of uses including as a food propellant, in medicine, and for recreational activities like rocketry and culinary foam applications. To make sure you’re getting the best results, it’s important to choose a high-quality brand. That’s where Blue Flag comes in. Our whipped cream chargers are made from the finest ingredients and are guaranteed to deliver superior results every time. Visit bfwhip.com to learn more about the Blue Flag difference!