What you need to know about Cream Chargers
Cream chargers are small canisters of pressurised gas (nitrous oxide, or N2O). When injected into cream, the N2O reacts with the fats, gelatines and other stabilising agents in the cream to create a foam, resulting in whipped cream. Since N2O exists naturally in our atmosphere, this process occurs when whipping cream manually, but the use of cream chargers makes the process much easier.
Cream chargers must be used in conjunction with a dispenser. First of all, you must open the dispenser and add the ingredients which you wish to whip, then screw the lid back on and ensure it is fitted tightly. Then it’s simply a case of placing a cream charger into the charger holder and screwing it into place on the dispenser, releasing the gas and shaking the dispenser well to ensure it binds with the ingredients. Voila! Your whipped cream is ready to dispense.
The number of cream chargers you need will depend on the size of dispenser you own and the volume of cream (or other ingredient) you wish to whip. A standard 8g charger will service the needs of either 0.25 litre or 0.5 litre dispensers and you can expect to produce between two times and six times the amount of liquid initially entered into the dispenser as whipped cream.
While standard cream chargers are all non-refillable and non-refillable steel bulbs containing food-grade N2O, they are sadly not all created to the same high standards. When purchasing cream chargers from creamchargers.co.uk, you can rest assured that we only ever stock reputable brands like Liss, Mosa, Pro Whip and ISI, meaning you’re guaranteed a quality product that meets with all relevant safety standards.
Overfilling the dispenser with too much N2O can result in escape of liquid from the dispenser and even damage to the dispenser itself. What’s more, cream chargers are unfortunately used by some people to inflate balloons and inhale the gas, which is highly dangerous and can result in throat spasms, severe coughing or, in the most extreme cases, asphyxiation.
All of the cream chargers sold by creamchargers.co.uk are made from steel that is 100% recyclable. We encourage all users of cream chargers to recycle their spent chargers after use, which can be done by placing them alongside everyday steel recyclables such as cans, tins and other items. If everyone who buys cream chargers undertakes this small responsibility, it can make a huge cumulative difference to the environment.