The end of the year signals the inevitable burgeoning waistline. If you’re looking to impress family and friends this holiday season with some homemade fare at the dinner table, Mastrad’s aluminum gourmet whipper (beginning $54.99) is an easy way to add flair to your dishes.
Despite the name, a whipper has much more utility than dessert topping. The kitchen gadget adds lightness to a number of sweet and savory dishes, such as sauces, mousses and foams. With the aid of nitrous oxide in a cartridge (also known as a charger), the whipper expels a fluffy edible delight.
Here’s how it works: For a flavored whipped cream, it’s as easy as mixing together whipping cream with your choice of extracts (such as vanilla) or pureed fruit. Then slip the nitrous oxide cartridge into the charger sleeve and screw that into place. After some shaking, you invert the aluminum and discharge the cream by pushing the lever. The pressurized gas will force out an aerated, light cream instantly, saving much time compared with the traditional method of beating air into cream.
Since there’s no single be-all recipe, you can experiment to your heart’s content with the Mastrad gourmet whipper. (You can even use it for alcohol-infused foams.) The whipper itself is an air-tight container that will keep your concoctions fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks. In contrast, manually whipped mixtures typically hold for hours to days. In addition, the Mastrad whipper’s metal structure will hold up in a double boiler for hot preparations.