Real, true whipping cream that doesn't have to be refrigerated until you open it?? YES!

Boxed Whipping Cream

Oh my!  Whipping cream that doesn’t need to be refrigerated until it’s opened??  Does it really exist??

Yep.  I love boxed milk and Media Crema for use on a boat.  Even if you’ve got refrigeration, it’s nice not to have to keep stuff cold until you open it . . . and you can store them for 6 months or longer unopened.

BUT — while I could sometimes find cream in a box (Media Crema is more like half-and-half), it wouldn’t whip.  It was great for recipes or coffee, but I couldn’t make a topping with it.

A few days ago, I was in a Trader Joe’s . . . and found boxed whipping cream.  And yes, it does whip (the box suggests chilling it for 6 hours before whipping and that’s what I did).  It’s just $1.29 for an 8-ounce (1 cup) box — or at least that’s the price in St. Louis; it’s probably more on either coast.

Now, you can whip it with a whisk but frankly it’s hard. I had a manual egg beater on Que Tal (like the photo at right) — it’s a great non-electric solution for lots of foods.  If you’re willing to use a bit of electricty, an immersion blender is perfect.

Once you’ve opened the box, or made it into whipped cream, it does have to be refrigerated.

Since finding it in Trader Joe’s, I’ve looked for boxed whipping cream online and only found the Trader Joe’s, which is available on Amazon although at a steep markup.  I asked friends in Mexico if they’ve ever seen it, since the boxed milk and cream are very popular there, and none have seen it.  So I guess it’s a Trader Joe’s exclusive.

So if you think it would be nice to occasionally have some whipped cream on board and are near a Trader Joe’s, you might want to pick up a few boxes.  They’ll last at least six months!

And if anyone has seen boxed whipping cream (not just regular cream) anywhere else, please leave a note in the comments.

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  • Susan
    Posted at 15 December 2012 Reply

    I used to pick up something called Dream Whip in our local Grocery store. It seems to be roughly the same idea as the Trader Joe kind. I have not looked for it in years so not sure if its still on the shelves. It was good to keep on the shelf for last minute kitchen emergencies! Might have to see if its still around. Love reading your articles, and hope one day to live the floating life. Right now our dream is small, a 21 ft Aquarius… but we love every cramped inch of her!!

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 15 December 2012 Reply

      I used something called “Dream Whip” back in the 70’s, but it was a powder. Haven’t seen it in years . . .

  • Diane
    Posted at 23 December 2012 Reply

    You can also add some confectioner’s suger to Media Crema, mix it up well and chill…it’s not “real stiff”, but makes a delish topping for fruit or whatever…just like you would use Cool Whip! I THINK I added about a Tbsp to one can of Media Crema – but of course let your taste buds be your guide…start with a little and add more until you get the sweetness you desire!

  • Diane
    Posted at 24 December 2012 Reply

    OMG!! I have been able to find Dream Whip for years!!! I walked into Winn Dixie today to get some things for tomorrow nights marina bash and voila! There it was on the shelf!! So my galley now has a couple of boxes of Dream Whip. Since I, of course (!), forgot an item, I’ll probably get a couple more boxes tomorrow since I have to go back! Want me to send you some Carolyn???

  • Sherry
    Posted at 10 August 2013 Reply

    I have used Dream Whip in the past and it is a powder that you add milk and vanilla to and whip it up. they still have it on the shelves in Canada (Superstore).

  • Stephanie Kershaw-Marsh
    Posted at 11 August 2013 Reply

    For cruisers in Europe, uht whipping cream is easily found in stores like Lidl and Carrefour

  • Jan Alexander
    Posted at 07 July 2014 Reply

    Widely available in France and French Caribbean islands; perfect to have on hand for an emergency key lime pie!

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 07 July 2014 Reply

      I love that — an “emergency key lime pie” 🙂 I was just thinking of an “emergency Amaretto coffee with whipped cream” . . . maybe they’d go well together!

    • Ann Snider
      Posted at 08 July 2014 Reply

      Just for emergency’s sake, of course.

  • Lupari Sue
    Posted at 07 July 2014 Reply

    Yes we can get it in Aus too… not that beand but the idea is the same.

  • Lahowind
    Posted at 07 July 2014 Reply

    It is my FAVORITE on the boat! I tell everyone about how great these are to have on hand. :)))

  • Phyllis Pardee
    Posted at 07 July 2014 Reply

    I was visiting my daughter in Charlotte, NC and found this little blue box on the shelves there! Love it!!!

  • Alex Miller
    Posted at 08 July 2014 Reply

    Michael R Miller, another reason to stock up at Trader Joe’s.

  • Colin Mombourquette
    Posted at 08 July 2014 Reply

    I’m thinking a secluded anchorage, a scenic sunset, a glass of fine wine and a bowl of fresh-picked wild berries topped with whipped cream.

  • June Stein Kelly
    Posted at 08 July 2014 Reply

    I love this. I which it came in bigger containers. I can only find 1/2 pints.

  • J Christo
    Posted at 25 December 2015 Reply

    Found an Anchor brand noxed Chrf’s cream uht npn-refridgerated cream, already reduced 40% stuff in St. Thomas USVI buut have never seen it elsewhere. Really good for soups and other cooking! Tefridg only after opening.Fabulous!

    Have found other already reduced creams thatust be kept in a fridge even before opening but haven’t tried as limited cold box space. Oh well…

  • Monika
    Posted at 09 February 2016 Reply

    For your milk-intolerant husband I strongly recommend Trader Joe’s coconut cream (in the brown and white can). If you get that really cold at the back of the fridge it will whip up just like whipped cream. Add a bit of honey,agave or sugar and viola!

  • Wendy
    Posted at 28 October 2017 Reply

    Found this recipe today (not my site) that uses this boxed whipping cream for chocolate mousse.

    You know…for those emergency chocolate mousse moments….

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