I forgot to mention another great tip I got from my friend Melanie. When we all got together last Friday night, besides the Vita-Mix machine, she also brought the Magic Bullet, a powerful compact blender. I’ve mainly used mine for making Pina Coladas but she whipped up heavy cream in a flash! All she did was pour heavy cream, a little sugar and a splash of pure vanilla extract into the container of the Magic Bullet, gave it a whirl. We had perfectly (or I should say magically) whipped cream for our berry dessert.
If you own the Magic Bullet, you’ve got to try it. I was skeptical but it really worked. No need to pull out your mixer! You just have to watch when you make it. It whips the cream so fast, you don’t want to turn it into butter. When you are doing it for the first time, you might want to pulse it so it whips the cream slowly.