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Meringue powder is the secret to making homemade whipped cream last longer

Capture it. You’re having a dinner party later tonight. You’ve put together an ambitious menu, starting with snacks (like these elegant bacon and cheese gougères), then moving on to a main dish of roasted whole chicken or maybe even Parmesan-braised lamb shanks and with chives. Then comes the piece de resistance: a decadent and ultra-melting chocolate pie, served with homemade whipped cream.


Homemade whipped cream is simple, but don’t let it sit

Whipped cream is one of the easiest recipes to make at home – and once you try homemade whipped cream, you’ll never resort to pressure canning again. Most whipped cream recipes only require a few ingredients: heavy cream or whipping cream and sugar, plus a pinch of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Combine it and whip it at high speed in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, and poof: you have light, puffy waves of whipped cream, ready to dollop onto any number of baked goods .

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With so many other components to make, the whipped cream sidecar is probably the last thing on your mind – you want to check this item off your to-do list as soon as possible. However, this filling often has to be prepared on the spot; the longer homemade whipped cream sits, the more it will deflate, losing its light, luscious texture and reverting to a bowl of cream soup. What if we told you that we have a trick to keep your whipped cream light and frothy for hours? Adding a pinch of meringue powder to your whipped cream will help it last all day.


Keep the volume with a pinch of meringue powder

Typically, whipped cream will last in the refrigerator for a few hours before it begins to lose its nice volume. This is because homemade whipped cream is usually made without any stabilizers, which helps the food retain its shape and form. There are many different stabilizers that bakers and pastry chefs will use to keep their icings and creams fresh and spoonable for a long period of time. You can use cornstarch, gelatin, or even specially formulated whipped cream stabilizers. Our favorite stabilizer to use in whipped cream? Meringue powder.


What is meringue powder?

Meringue powder is a substitute for dried egg white, often used in royal icing or icing recipes. A sprinkle of meringue powder will keep your whipped cream fluffy and shiny for up to 24 hours. But how does it work ? Think of it this way: whipped egg whites are the backbone of so many cake batters and desserts, from angel food cake to meringue. This dried version adds shine and body to creams and icings, helping them retain their volume for long periods of time.


How to use meringue powder?

You don’t need a lot of meringue powder to have a big impact on your whipped cream. Simply follow this homemade whipped cream recipe, adding 1 teaspoon of meringue powder per 2 cups of heavy cream. Sprinkle meringue powder with the powdered sugar after your cream has reached soft peaks.


With this handy trick, you can make your whipped cream ahead of time and store it in the fridge until ready to serve. It’s one more thing to check off your prep list.