cream whipper story
my father, george stanford, and carl sollmann were in the business of manufacturing pressure cream whippers (“whippers”) as early as 1954. the equipment which was used to make the requisite n20 filled gas cartridges for whippers was also used to fulfill defense department contracts for ammunition during wwii. whippers were already known but the benefits were being discovered but the real interest of the design came later only when the supply of the gas cartridges stabilized in the early 1960’s.
whippers are a significant improvement over the butter churns of yesteryear. while one takes cream in an attempt to make butter, the butter churn was actually the original whipper. the cream became frothy on it its way to become what we know as butter. we often show children how to air whip cream in a bowl into whipped cream by beating the cream with a wire whisk. those kids who are ambitious may go from whipped cream to butter in just a few moments.
the inherent problem with hand whipping cream is bacteria. one actually whips the bacteria laden air right into the cream thus causing spoilage in short order. in food service, they needed an answer to the rapid spoilage (i.e. waste) and that was to find a preservative that did not change the flavor or texture; a difficult task considering the delicate nature of whipped cream.
the result has been beneficial to the food service and coffee industry as pressure whipped cream has several important benefits which are not readily apparent. pressure whipping produces a 4:1 overrun meaning that for every pint of cream you put in, you get 4 pints of whipped cream out. hand whipping only produces a 2:1 overrun. the induction of n20 into the sealed container of the pressure cream whipper preserves the cream for several weeks. with the sealed container, you only need to dispense what you need with no waste.