Why whisk when you can shake? One jar, one spoon, no real recipe but a song. That’s right I make my whipped cream in a mason jar. That’s right I like Hall and Oates. Cause darli’ you, you make my dreams come true.
This holiday season is different- we had Thanksgiving for two.
I served ham instead of Turkey because without guests there was no ham lover to bring the “I know you said not to bring anything but…” ham and all the reasonable sized turkeys were bought by people who plan.
Also, I might have to to get a tree because there will be no Christmas visit to my brothers’ house where there are usually two trees (once you start a tradition like two trees at Christmas it’s hard to go back).
These are holidays without a recipe, without a grand plan because it is a terrible year for making grand plans but it’s an excellent year for gathering the basics (be it knowledge or ingredients or the happy combination of both) to wing it with what you’ve got.
You don’t need a recipe if you know how things work. I don’t wing it with cakes because I don’t make them enough to have that knowledge (and they’re fussy) but pizza dough or biscuits or a cocktail? Improvise, modify, sometimes be willing to settle for real good not amazing.
You can’t whip egg whites in a blender but you can whip cream in a mason jar.
There are a few rules.
Don’t over fill, you need room to shake.
Cold heavy cream and a cool to cold jar. I don’t chill my mason jar but my kitchen is in the low to medium sixties (Fahrenheit) in winter.
Limit the other liquids be it bourbon or vanilla or maple syrup (i’ve added all three at once which was delicious but tasted like none of the above)
mason jar whipped cream
- 16 or 32 ounce mason jar with a lid
- 1 cup heavy cream chilled
- 1-2 tsp sugar or maple syrup optional, powdered or granulated sugar both work
- ¼-½ tsp vanilla optional
- ½-1 tsp bourbon optional
- pinch cinnamon or nutmeg optional
- pour cream and desired additons into a clean mason jar. I use a sixteen ounce jar for a half batch and full batch and a 32 ounce jar for a double batch
- put the lid on and shake for 2-3 minutes or until desired thickness is achieved. I reccomend using HAll and Oates "You Make My Dreams" as a soundtrack