- Describe how whisking works
- Whisk ingredients effectively
Whisking is simple and challenging at the same time. The motion, a side to side movement, isn’t rocket science but it’s almost impossible not to question the process and wonder why it’s taking so long. Then all of a sudden, the cream starts to thicken and the evidence of peaks begins to appear.
Science is certainly at play in the whisking process. Air is not only introduced into the liquid being whisked but somehow it is captured and retained. That’s where science is active.
As you improve your skills, the process begins to unfold more quickly. You learn to be patient and let science do its thing. But for the young cook or the Students in your class, this can be a painful lesson.
You’ll likely hear about tired arms, sore muscles, and an overwhelming doubt in the process from the group. But once they taste the sweet whipped cream those complaints will quickly turn into cheers.
Tools & Materials
- Stainless steel bowls
- Ingredients per recipe
- Cups or bowls for serving
- Shear force
Introduction (10 minutes)
Begin the lesson by explaining how whisking works and what it is used for in the kitchen. Then demonstrate the proper technique for whisking liquids together.
Activity (20 minutes)
Have the Students work in teams. Give each a stainless steel bowl and a whisk. Give them the ingredients they need for the whipped cream and ask them to take turns whisking the cream. Have them call out the moment their cream starts to thicken and give them guidance in determining when they have sufficiently stiff peaks.
Discussion (10 minutes)
How does it taste? Better than store bought? Can you taste the honey?
Assessment (5 minutes)
Use the following questions to assess the Students before and after the lesson. Tally the responses of the group in the Assessment Tracking Log for comparison:
- By a show of hands, how many of you have ever made whipped cream from scratch?
- Now that you know how to make whipped cream, do you think you could teach your family how to make it?
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