The beauty of Trader Joe’s Shelf Stable Whipping Cream is that it can be stored at room temperature and doesn’t require refrigeration until 6 hours before usage. The biggest benefit is that it comes with a longer shelf life and will be good for 6 months kept unopened. Once you open the package, you can store the remaining for a few days in the refrigerator. However once the carton is opened, it doesn’t seal properly. We have to store in a separate container that is spill proof and air tight.
While in the US it is uncommon to find shelf stable dairy products, it is popular in several countries outside of the states and is safe to use this. It contains cream(milk) and carrageenan, a common food additive found in dairy products. Carrageenan is extracted from a red seaweed and apparently has no nutritional value. It is used as a thickener and emulsifier to improve the texture of ice cream, yogurt and other dairy products. Some studies have shown that regular consumption of foods containing carrageenan leads to inflammatory bowel disease. A teaspoon or two of this whipping cream containing carrageenan hopefully won’t harm anyone. I was curious to see if this ingredient is added only because this is a shelf stable product, but its not the case. Whipping cream found in the refrigerated section of grocery stores also contains this ingredient. Only some organic brands don’t have this ingredient.
Taste wise this product is the same as any other regular whipping cream. You can add this to food recipes that call for cream too, but make sure to refrigerate it for 6 hours before using. It is an ultra pasteurized product and comes in aseptic package to keep light and air away. An 8oz box is priced at $1.29 and can be found in the baking section of the store.