Table of Contents
- 1 What is Bitter Cream? A Comprehensive Guide
- 2 How About Bitter Whipped Cream?
- 3 Bitter Cream Versus Sour Cream
- 4 Identifying Bitter Cream
- 5 Cooking with Bitter Cream
- 6 Bitter Cream in Recipes
- 7 So How Do You Really Prevent Bitter Cream?
- 8 How Long Will Whipped Cream Last in the Freezer?
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The other day, I came across something called “bitter cream biscuits.” This was a term I never heard before. So, what is bitter cream? Is it the same as sour cream? And can I cook with it?
What is Bitter Cream? A Comprehensive Guide
There isn’t exactly a common term in cooking or food preparation for “bitter cream.” Some people use it interchangeably with sour cream or crème fraîche, both of which have a tangy flavor but are not typically described as “bitter.”
But most likely, it refers to a cream that tastes bitter, meaning that it is spoiled. Fresh cream should taste sweet and creamy. Therefore, if your cream tastes bitter, it is probably not safe to eat.
How About Bitter Whipped Cream?
Whipped cream gone bad can be a term used for “bitter cream” due to the fermentation of the milk and sugar, resulting in a bitter smell and/or taste.
Whipped cream is a dense cream that’s made lighter through whisking. It commonly includes milk, sugar, and sometimes vanilla.
However, due to its milk and sugar content, fermentation can occur rapidly, leading to the breakdown of lactic acid and other proteins. Bacteria present in the cream can then start consuming the milk components, leading to the cream turning bitter.
Bitter Cream Versus Sour Cream
Bitter cream and sour cream are not the same. Sour cream is a dairy product that is made by fermenting regular cream with certain kinds of lactic acid bacteria. This fermentation process sours the cream, thickens it, and makes it more acidic, giving it a tangy flavor.
Identifying Bitter Cream
- It’s best checked by smell. If your whipped cream smells “off,” then it probably is.
- Also check the expiration date. Never use fresh products like milk past their expiration dates.
- Check the storage. Make sure there isn’t any holes, or you left the cap off accidentally.
- Tasting a small sample can also help you identify if the cream is bitter. However, be cautious not to consume a large amount if you suspect it has spoiled.
- Visual check can also be helpful. If there is any discoloration or mold present, the cream has gone bad.
- Texture can also indicate if the cream is bitter. If it’s lumpy or watery, it’s likely spoiled.
- If the cream has been open and unused for a long period of time, it’s best to discard it.
- Look for any signs of fermentation like bubbles or a sour smell.
- If the cream has been exposed to high temperatures or not properly refrigerated, it’s likely to be bitter.
- Lastly, if there is a change in the color of the cream such as it turning yellowish, it indicates that the cream has spoiled.
Cooking with Bitter Cream
The question then arises: Can you cook with bitter cream? Unfortunately, the answer is no. The cream is likely to have gone bad if it has a bitter taste. This means it’s not safe to eat or cook with.
Bitter Cream in Recipes
There might be instances where a recipe specifically calls for “bitter cream” (like in the recipe above). In this case, it’s a good idea to double-check the recipe or seek clarification from the source. As mentioned earlier, the term “bitter cream” isn’t commonly used and could be a typo or mistranslation. Most often, the recipe is actually calling for sour cream.
So How Do You Really Prevent Bitter Cream?
Why, by freezing your whipped cream. Simply stick the entire carton into the freezer – whether it is homemade or purchased in a tub.
You can also try freezing spoonfuls of prepared whipped cream, including piping it with a pastry bag. Pipe or spoon them onto freezer paper onto a baking sheet in single portions.
Freeze for several hours (or overnight) until solid. Then transfer to a freezer-safe container for whenever you need a little bit of heaven.
How Long Will Whipped Cream Last in the Freezer?
Your little dollops (or the entire tub) should be fine for about four to five months. However, whipped cream shouldn’t spoil and go bitter even after that.
So, what is bitter cream? What has your experiences been with spoiled whipped cream? Let me know in the comments.