Who isn’t a fan of whipped cream! From cakes, desserts, ice creams, fruit salads to hot and cold drinks, whipped cream is the perfect addition for a creamy and yummy flavor!
Also, if you love baking, this sweet ingredient is probably a staple in your pantry. And why not! It is extremely delicious and versatile.
But most recipes usually call for a small amount of whipped cream. This means you are mostly left with more whipped cream than expected.
So, what do you do with the remaining whipped cream? How can you store it? Or, how long does whipped cream last until it expires completely?
If you want to know the answers to the above questions and learn everything about its shelf life and storage, you’re going to want to read this article till the very end!
How Long Does Whipped Cream Last? Does Whipped Cream Go Bad?
Whipped cream is a dairy product. Hence, like any other dairy products, whipped cream does not have an indefinite shelf life.
After a certain period, whipped cream will start losing its quality over time. And if not stored properly, the degradation phase will speed up. Hence, your whipped cream will eventually become stale.
However, the good news is you can slow down this degradation process by practicing proper storage practices. When stored in ideal places, you can actually extend the shelf life of whipped cream.
Before diving any deeper, know that store-bought whipped cream usually comes with a “sell by date.” Do not mistake this for an expiry date. This date simply means the date by when it should be sold.
Hence, you can continue using your whipped cream even after it crosses its sell-by date. But make sure that it does not show any signs of spoilage (which we will discuss below).
As a general estimate, whipped cream can have a shelf life of 2 days or up to 3 months. This is a wide range.
And that’s because the shelf life of whipped cream will vary depending upon its type, packaging, manufacturing method, and storage.
Make sure to store your whipped cream in the refrigerator at all times. Also, ensure that you store them in an airtight container.
For aerosol whipped cream cans, you can store them in their original packaging. Just make sure to put on the cap and completely seal them before putting them in the fridge.
Different types of whipped cream have different shelf lives. Unopened aerosol whipped cream can last for up to 2-3 weeks in the fridge past its printed date.
In contrast, homemade whipped cream may last for a maximum of 3 days. Additionally, cool whip cream has a shelf life of around 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Once opened, aerosol whipped cream can last for up to three months if you store them completely sealed inside the fridge. Opened cool whip cream usually lasts for a week.
You also have the option of freezing your whipped cream if you want to maximize its shelf life. Frozen whipped cream can last for up to 3-4 months.
The ideal temperature of refrigerating your whipped is below 40°F.
How to Tell if Whipped Cream is Bad?
Maybe you’ve just discovered a can of whipped cream sitting for the longest time in your refrigerator.
Or maybe, you bought dozens of whipped cream from the supermarket sale. There comes a time when you’re left wondering, “are these cans of whipped cream still edible?”
The immediate thing you may do is check its “sell before” date. However, even past its sell before date, you can consume whipped cream unless it shows some obvious hints that the whipped cream has gone bad.
So, how can you tell if your whipped cream has gone bad? It’s quite easy. Here’s how:
Whipped cream that has spoiled will show some changes in consistency. It may become runnier than usual.
Additionally, water may start to separate from the cream. If you notice any of these signs, you should discard the whipped cream immediately.
Bad whipped cream may have an off and flat color (usually cream or yellowish). You may also notice a clumpy and thicker-than-usual texture.
Whipped cream that has gone bad will give an off and sour aroma.
Everybody enjoys a delicious whipped cream topping on ice creams and waffles every now and then!
Some people even enjoy eating whipped cream on its own. Though we don’t recommend you do that, as it leads to weight gain, treating yourself every once in a while won’t do any harm!
Whipped cream is extremely versatile. Hence, you can use it in several recipes to create some of the most delicious and creamiest snacks and dishes.
And when you are left with excess whipped cream, simply store it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge. Make sure not to store it in the refrigerator door. You are going to want to place your whipped cream right in the body of the refrigerator.