One of our most “famous” blog posts is “Parts, Uses and Information on Your Whipped Cream Dispenser” we did back in 2010. This post has grown substantially in comments, so I wanted to regroup all of the most common questions and concerns to identify issues and solutions. With the Holidays now in full swing your whipped cream dispenser in some cases will be getting it’s yearly work over and so many times you’ll find issues and problems, that maybe you didn’t have last year. We’ll try to tackle the most common issues, making your holiday whipped cream, sweet, easy and hassle free! Here are the top 10 most common problems, with solutions.
1. Do you use C02 or N20 for whipped cream in a whipped cream dispenser?
N20 ( Nitrous Oxide) is the only gas that can be used in your whipped cream dispenser to make whipped cream. You CANNOT use C02, to make whipped cream in your dispenser, I’ll say it again, you can absolutely positively not use Co2 to make whipped cream with your whipped cream dispenser. This is by far the most common asked question and the most common problem. If your milk isn’t sour and you find your whipped cream taste, metallic or perhaps bubbly, check the box you got the cartridge out of. 9 out of 10 times it’s because you are using C02( soda chargers) instead of N20 (whipped cream chargers).
2. My Whipped Cream is coming out runny and watery, what’s wrong?
There’s really on a few factors as why this would be happening.
A. After you dispense a N20 charger, you aren’t shaking the dispenser, yielding the cream with the N20( you MUST does this before every use.)
B. There is a leak in your dispenser and the N20 isn’t making it all in the dispenser ( its common after you dispense the N20 into the canister and unscrew it you’ll hear some escape, that’s normal and is no reason for alarm, this will happen with every whipped cream dispenser, a small burst of pffft!)
C. You have a 1 litre dispenser and it takes 2-3 Chargers ( not 1 or 2 like half or full quart dispensers)
D. You are using a cream that doesn’t have a high fat content, we recommend Regular whipping cream over the fattier Heavy whipping cream. But depending on the brand and type this isn’t always true. If you’re doing all these things right and still having the issue, try using heavy whipping cream instead and see if the results change.
E. You’re N20 is old, and no longer good. This usually isn’t the issue but if you’re using N20 that’s 10 years old, try some new chargers.
F. And finally make sure you aren’t using C02. As previously mentioned you can’t use C02 to make whipped cream!
3. I can hear that there is more cream inside the dispenser but it won’t come out! (Growl!)
This is a nuisance, especially when there is no way you are wasting this delicious treat. The truth is you’ll most likely always have a very small amount left on the bottom that won’t come out, because it’s mixed with the N20 it might look like “a lot” but truthfully it isn’t. If you’re finding it’s more then a little, put in another N20 charger, this will help you make sure you get every last drop. If this is a common issue you have every time, check your dispenser for any problems as well as your technique. Remember to always shake before using.
4. How long is the whipped cream good in the dispenser for?
A good rule is your charged whipped cream is as good as the expiration date on the Whipping Cream itself.
5. Should I take the charger holder off of the dispenser after I charge the dispenser?
It doesn’t matter either way, in fact in my house no one every takes the charger holder off. The choice is yours! But it will have no impact on the end result.
6. How many cartridges can I use in my dispenser?
Half Pint Dispenser = 1 to 2 chargers
One Pint Dispenser = 1 to 2 chargers
One Quart(Litre) – 2 to 3 chargers.
Don’t over charge your dispenser!
7. I didn’t follow your advice and I over charged my dispenser what should I do!?
If you’ve pressed the lever and it is totally locked up and your scared your going to have a full on house explosion, the good news is you probably won’t. Try to unscrew the head, if it won’t unscrew put it in hot water to loosen things up, and try again. But at this point there is few options, before you’ll start doing damage to it.
8. Why is there an inconsistency to the cream coming out!?
One of the biggest reasons is you must clean your dispenser out, take the parts out( the parts are made to come out in most dispensers) you should have a head valve, a gasket, tips, take them out and clean them thoroughly, after you are done with a batch. If you are not cleaning it out thoroughly cream particles stick in the head valve making it come out less fluffy. The only other reason is the N20 to cream ratio is off and or you are not shaking it well enough before use.
9. Every time I dispense a N20 cartridge into my dispenser is shoots out the nozzle OR gas is escaping from where the head and the canister meets!
If the N20 is escaping from the nozzle, it means the head valve is bad and you need a new head valve, this is the only solution. Make sure not to tamper with your head valve, unless you are cleaning it, this will limit issues.
If gas is escaping from where the head and the canister meet, check to make sure your gasket is in place! If you don’t have a gasket, that’s why it’s leaking. If you do have a gasket and it’s still doing that, this means your gasket has some kind of laceration for it not to have a tight seal and it’s time to replace your gasket.
10. I have no idea what I’m doing, can you just walk me through it?
Absolutely! Let me break it down for you.
1 pint whipped cream dispenser, takes 1 pint of Regular whipping cream and one N20 charger. Put the cream in the canister, then dispense one n20 charger, and give it a few very good shake. Make sure your dispenser is pointing down and press the lever. Keep it refrigerated when your not using it, and before every use give another good few shakes. Once all the cream is done and out, take the dispenser apart and clean it, taking the parts out. That’s all there is to it! If you clean it and follow procedure you’ll have a well working dispenser for a long time!