Homemade Whipped Cream – Super EASY!

Homemade Whipped CreamMaking homemade whipped cream is so super easy it’s a wonder why more people don’t do it. Plus it’s considerably cheaper and much healthier without all the preservatives and other junk they add in the store bought versions.

We love making homemade whipped cream and it’s easy enough my kiddo’s can do it too! I’m all about the recipes that my kids can make by themselves.

(Please keep in mind, my kids are over the age of 11, and I didn’t start trusting them in the kitchen by themselves until they were at least 10 and even then I poked my head in a LOT!)

Printable Recipe for Homemade Whipped Cream, below

What you need:

  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 Tsp. vanilla extract
In a bowl, pour in the heavy whipping cream. Pretty easy. Except it is a lot harder to do when you’re trying to hold a camera in your hand, so first – sorry about the shaky photo and second, I’m really glad you can’t see the amount of cream I wound up pouring outside of the bowl! haha

Homemade Whipped Cream

Next, pour in the vanilla extract. Feel free to play with flavors. It doesn’t have to be vanilla. Let me just tell you that lemon extract makes one awesome lemon whipped cream to top some lemon pound cake. Yum! Be creative – try mint, almond, amaretto, rum… etc.

Homemade Whipped Cream

Lastly, dump in the sugar.

Homemade Whipped Cream

Now here’s the important part. When you turn on your mixer keep it on low (the first two or three settings) until you start to see some foam. You can up it from here. Gradually turn it up. You want the whipped cream to form stiff peaks. I will tell you that this bowl pictured my daughter did by hand and she over whipped. LOL Only by a tiny bit, but if she had gone a whole lot further, she actually would have had sweet butter. Not what I was going for here, but I’m guessing that would work for something, but you have to strain it at that point – but that’s besides the point. Once it’s done, it’s ready to serve.

Homemade Whipped Cream

It can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 2-3 days. We make it in small batches like this, so it doesn’t go to waste. Enjoy! There is definitely something to be said about homemade whipped cream.

Homemade Whipped Cream - Super EASY!
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An easy Homemade Whipped Cream recipe. Know what's in your whipped cream, the taste is pure silky heaven.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 Tsp. vanilla extract
  1. In a bowl, pour in the heavy whipping cream.
  2. Next, pour in the vanilla extract.
  3. Lastly, dump in the sugar.
  4. Time to mix. When you turn on your mixer keep it on low (the first two or three settings) until you start to see some foam. You can up it a bit from there. Gradually turn it up. You want the whipped cream to form stiff peaks, so watch is carefully so you don't over whip.
  5. Once it's ready, it can be used immediately, or It can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 2-3 days.

For a great dessert to use the homemade whipped cream with, check out these Simple Coffee Milkshakes.

The Frugal Side

frugal living lifeFrugal living comes naturally to me. I have no idea why, exactly.

I just can’t remember a time where I wasn’t consciencious of money and the value of a dollar.

It shouldn’t necessarily have turned out that way, actually. I grew up in a world where some might refer to me as ‘priviledged’. I guess I was for a time. That would have been before I was old enough to actually understand the cost of things though.

Before I even graduated from high school, medical bills were piling up for my dad, my mom had to return to work; something she had never done my entire childhood, I had to leave my private school and we were forced from my childhood home. My senior year my father died and everything changed forever.

It was however, long before those teenage years that I was aware of the cost of things. I understood you should save up for things and that sometimes we sacrafice certain things to get something else.

I remember a Christmas when I was about 12 or 13. I had discovered a doll in a designer baby shop that was within walking distance to my house. It was wicked expensive, and not the prettiest doll in the world. However, from the moment I saw her, I wanted her. I went up and visited her quite often. Yes, me – a 12 or 13 year old, going into a baby shop several times a month for some time to visit a doll that I was pretty sure I had no hope of every having.

I asked for her for Christmas. I remember my mom telling me no almost immediately. I also remember all the arguments she presented me with.

“You’re too old for dolls.”
“The doll is too expensive.”
“You’ll never play with her.”
“Your friends with laugh at you.”

When I finally took her to see the doll after she was the single, solitary item I had placed on my Christmas list:
“That is the ugliest doll I have ever seen.”

I was losing hope rapidly as Christmas approached.
My parents were not the type to give in easily. When they said no, they meant it. And I had pretty much heard nothing but ‘no’ about the doll since I had first discovered her.

However, come Christmas morning, there she was.

I remember so many things about that Christmas, but most of all her. I loved her for a very very long time, and yes, she really WAS an ugly doll, but that didn’t make me love her any less.
I will also never forget the day I realized she had ceased to exist in our house.

Coincidentally, a lot of things ceased to exist when we made the move from my childhood home to the one my mother still resides in today.

The frugal side of me cringes still today when I realize all of the wasted items she tossed, and the things that would have had value to others.
Perhaps, that is when my frugal side was born. Though I still stand firmly that it was much earlier than that.

Coupon Lingo

Coupon Lingo

  • $5/$30This means $5 off when you spend $30.  You will need to check to see if the amount needs to be before the coupons or after. (For instance – on Thursday’s Shop ‘N Save stores give you $10 off your purchase of $50+. The $50 is BEFORE coupons. Meaning, you can still use all your coupons to bring the total down. (a great day for some extreme couponing!!)
  • $1/1, $1/2 = One dollar off one item, one dollar off two items, and so on.
  • 2/$1, 3/$2 = Two items for one dollar, three items for two dollars, and so on.
  • ALA = As Low As – a term used to describe the final price of an item after using coupons. The reason for “ALA” is because sometimes you will have a different coupon than others.
  • AY= All You – a magazine that is known for it’s awesome coupons
  • Blinkie – Coupons found in stores next to the item in a small blinking dispenser.
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One (or Buy Two Get 1 (B2G1) and so on – When you purchase an item, you get the same item for free.
  • BOGO = Buy One Get One – When you purchase an item, you get the same item for free.
  • BRICKS = “Bricks”  are internet printable coupons. If you see a picture of a computer/printer with a small blinking dot as it sends the information to your printer, you are printing a bricks coupon. Most of these will only allow you to print 1 of these coupons. While I have not tested it, there is a rumor that you if you hit your back button 3 times after it is sent to the printer, you will be able to print a second copy. Supposedly after the second printing, if you want anymore – you will need to use another computer.
  • Catalina or Cat = A coupon triggered from your purchase that prints out at checkout.
  • Closeouts = Greatly reduced items that the store does not plan on re-stocking again.
  • Competitors = Other stores of the same type. Many grocery stores will take other grocery store’s coupons and drug stores will take other drug store coupons. Always check with each store on what their couponing policy is.
  • Couponing Policy = This is the policy held by each individual store regarding the use of coupons and the rules that must be applied to said coupon usage. It is strongly recommended that you always carry a copy of the stores coupon policy when shopping.
  • Coupon Inserts = The packets of coupons found in the Sunday paper. They can sometimes be found in mail and ads.  Common coupon inserts are Red Plum (RP),  Smart Source (SS), and Proctor & Gamble (PG).
  • CRT = Cash register tape, usually used when referring to CVS coupons that print with receipt. Also refers to your receipt.
  • Discontinued = a product that the store no longer plans to carry.
  • DND = Do not double – Do not double this coupon. Stores can decide if they want to double it or not.
  • Ea. = Each
  • ECBs = ExtraCare Bucks, CVS loyalty rewards system
  • ES = Easy Saver. These books can be found by their ads in the store. This is where any advertised rebates are found.
  • ETS = Excludes trial size
  • EXP = Expiration Date
  • FAR = Free After Rebate
  • FAE = Free after Extra Care Bucks (CVS)
  • FARR = Free After Register Rewards (Walgreens)
  • FP = Final Price – What you paid AFTER sales and coupons.
  • GC = Gift Card
  • GE = Giant Eagle – Grocery Store
  • IN-AD = Found in flyers tucked into Sunday papers (Walgreens & Rite Aid). These are also found inside the stores, usually right at the entrance.
  • Internet Printable = A coupon that can be printed online. Also refered to as IP or Printable.
  • IP = Internet Printable Coupon. Also refered to as “printable.”
  • IVC = Instant Value Coupon, Walgreens’ store coupons found in ads and monthly booklet
  • MFR = Manufacturer
  • MIR = Mail-in rebate (can sometimes be done online)
  • NLA = No Longer Available (some bloggers will strikeout the words instead so you know the deal isn’t available anymore)
  • MQ = Manufacturer Coupon
  • OOP = Out of Pocket – The amount you spent after coupons
  • OOS = Out of Stock – Item is not available anymore, and may or may not be replenished.
  • OYNO = On Your Next Order
  • OYNP = On Your Next Purchase
  • P & G or PG = Proctor and Gamble – Coupon Insert found once a month inside Sunday papers.
  • Peelie = A coupon found on the product like a sticker that peels off.
  • Printables = Coupons that can be printed online.
  • PSA = Prices Starting At
  • Q = Coupon
  • RA = Rite Aid – Pharmacy/Drugstore
  • Raincheck = You can ask for a raincheck when an item on sale and is out-of-stock. Most stores will issue a raincheck, however they may or may not honor the deal for the item. Great if you have coupons that don’t expire for awhile that you are using, and not trying to use an in store deal.
  • RP = Red Plum – Coupon Insert usually found in Sunday Papers
  • RR = Register Reward – Walgreens – You get these typically for buying certain products or combinations of products  – printed at the register.
  • SS = Smart Source – Coupon Insert usually found in Sunday Papers.
  • SCR = Single Check Rebate – Rite Aids Monthly rebates program
  • Stacking = A term used to describe when a store will let you use their own store coupon along with a manufacturer’s coupon for the same item. Example: At Walgreens they have $4 shampoo on sale for $2.99. The store offers a store coupon for $1.00 off. You have a manufacturers coupon for $1.00 off. You will pay .99. (many stores do not allow stacking – check coupon policies)
  • Tearpad = Pad of coupons attached to a display, shelf, or refrigerator door.
  • TQ = Target Coupon – A Coupon put out by Target to be used at Target.
  • +UP = Rite Aid’s reward’s that print after your transaction. You use them on your next order.
  • UPC = Universal product code – refers to the bar code
  • VV = Rite Aid Video Value Coupon
  • Wags = Walgreens – Pharmacy/Drugstore
  • WC = Wellness Card (Rite Aid)
  • WT = Wine Tag. Coupons that you’ll find hanging on various bottles in the stores. I have seen some refer to the fact that these are only found on wine, but this is not true. I got one off a syrup bottle and one off a bottle of ketchup. Depends on brand, and they are rare.
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • YMMV = Your Manager May Vary – All managers are different, so some may or may not do things the way described.

Please let me know if I forgot any in the comments field. Also, if you have a special term for your local grocery store, I’d love to know so I can add it to the list.