There are some people who will tell you that making your own basics is a waste of money because you can just as easily pick up anything at your local supermarket in no time flat. Those people, I can assure you, have never been dazzled by the home-made.
Sure, it's easy to pick up a tub of Cool-Whip (with all those delicious chemicals added in!), but you know what? It's also just as easy to bypass the frozen section entirely and grab yourself a pint of heavy whipping cream. Now go get some vanilla extract and some sugar...good. Now go to checkout and get outta there!
Just three simple ingredients are all you need to have the best whipped cream you've ever tasted in your life. I guarantee it. Oh, and did I mention that it's crazy easy and takes 2 minutes? But keep a watchful eye; whip too much and you're on your way to butter. If you don't whip enough, you've got soup. It's sweet-tasting soup, but not what we're going for.
Basically, this kitchen basic is best homemade.
Crazy Easy Whipped Cream
What You'll Need:
-1 pint cold heavy whipping cream
-4 tablespoons sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer, or a medium-sized bowl.
2. With the mixer set to high speed, beat until stiff peaks form (should take about a minute if you're using a stand mixer; may take a tad longer with a hand mixer). Try not to over beat.
3. Go forth with the knowledge that life-changing whipped cream can be made in the comforts of your own home. In other words: enjoy!
This will keep for about three days well-covered and refrigerated.