Friday, April 22, 2011

Thrive Instant Milk Whipped Topping

So I thought I had a better photo but aparently this is the best one I have.  The whipped topping did look great.
I have been hearing about how wonderful Thrive instant milk is for about a year now.  And I have a confession to make.  I had never tried it until recently.  Let me explain why.  I have a lot of non-instant powdered milk in my food storage already, and if you are a regular reader you know that I use it a lot.  I use it for baking, for making yogurt, and in a pinch for drinking.  So why haven’t I tried THRIVE instant milk.  Well in my mind every time someone told me how great it was I thought “how good could it be? It is just dry milk.”  A good friend told me she used her THRIVE instant milk to make whipped topping similar to cool whip or dream whip.  I was skeptical.  I have made a version of whipped topping with my non-instant dry milk and it did not really work.  She swore to me that it worked and was great.  So I bought a can and tried it out. 

Results:  I like it.  It worked well.  I followed the recipe,  using ice cold water.  I also stuck my bowl and beaters in the freezer for a few minutes so they were also cold.  I wasn’t ready to use the whipped topping when it was finished it (imagine children needing lots of help) and I left it on the counter for about half an hour.  By that time it had fallen a little bit.  I whipped it again for about a minuet and it whipped back up.  The consistency of the whipped topping is a lot like dream whip.  It is not buttery in your mouth like real whipped cream is but it is pleasant.  The texture is kind of like marshmallow cream, (in a good way).  The taste is very pleasant and light.  All in all I think it is a winner for use in jello or fruit salads, a a topping for a cake, or in ice cream and since those are all the time I use whipped cream or cool whip.  I think it is a great replacement from my food storage. 
See the frost on my bowl?  I stick my bowl in the freezer for a few minutes 

Whipped Topping—made from THRIVE instant milk
    * 1 t vanilla extract
    * 1⁄2 c thrive powdered sugar
    * 1⁄2 c thrive instant milk, prepared and chilled
    * 1⁄2 c ice water
Before I started whipping the milk
Combine ice water and powdered milk in bowl and beat for 10 minutes. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, continue to beat until thoroughly blended. Chill.

*This works best in a stand mixer with whip beaters. If mixture begins to fall, beat again.

Notes:  MUST use THRIVE instant powdered milk and not the standard dry milk variety.

Whipped about half way

Whipped all the way