A cream charger is a cartridge or cylinder filled with nitrous oxide (N20). The N20 canister has a foil that covers the narrow end. This end must be broken, typically with a sharp pin, for the gas to be released.
It is commonly used as a dispenser for whipped cream. However, its primary purpose is that it is also widely used to provide texture to sweet and savory dishes, making it a versatile kitchen tool.
Culinary Uses of Cream Chargers
Cream chargers are considered to be versatile kitchen tools because they have a wide range of culinary applications. This includes the following:
The science behind cream chargers is highly similar to soda streams, so they can also be used on carbonated drinks. However, cream chargers and soda streams have one big difference: the cream charger uses N20 while soda streams use carbon dioxide.
But, substituting one of the other is perfectly fine since both can help create the fizzy texture of carbonated sodas.
Espusmas and foam add to the aesthetics of cocktails, making them more attractive. The traditional method of making these is by using a shaker. Still, it requires a lot of time that many professionals in busy bars do not have. But, it is possible to make high-quality espumas and foams for cocktails in a matter of seconds with a cream charger.
The most common use of cream charges is whipped cream. The cream charger allows N20 in the cream. This process results in gelatins, fats, and other stabilizing ingredients in the cream to react and make the distinct cream texture of whipped cream.