Shelf Life of
Whipped Cream

How Long Does Whipped Cream Last?

Whipped Cream Lasts

How long does whip cream last?  The shelf life of whipped cream is influenced by a variety of factors, such as the type of cream, the processing method, the packaging and packaging date, its exposure to heat, and how the whipped cream is stored. Cream is a dairy product that is composed of the higher-butterfat layer skimmed from the top of milk before homogenization. Whipped cream is made by whipping together either whipping cream with 30-36% milk fat, heavy cream with 36-48% milk fat or in the U.K. double cream with some form of sugar.

So, how long is whipped cream good for?
When properly stored at or below 40° F, containers of whipped cream last for:

(Unopened) Refrigerator Freezer
Past Printed Date  Past Printed Date
Aerosol Whipped Cream Canisters last for 2-3 Weeks
Homemade Whipped Cream lasts for 2-3 Days 2-3 Months
Cool Whip Cream lasts for 1-2 Weeks 3-4 Months
After Opening Refrigerator Freezer
Canned Dream Whip Cream lasts for 2-3 Months
Cool Whip Cream lasts for 7-10 Days 3-4 Months

Of course, whipped cream lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember, whipped cream, like a lot of other dairy products, usually has a sell by date which is simply when it should be sold, not consumed. Because of this distinction, you may safely use whipping cream on your strawberries even after its sell by date has lapsed.

How to tell if whipped cream is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your whipped cream has gone bad. You can tell if your whipped cream has gone bad if the consistency changes.  
Homemade whipped cream will begin to separate into a liquid and a flat white cream, cool whip will become more yellowed in color, and canisters will develop a yellow paste in the tube.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled whipped cream, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy it prior to its expiration.

How to store whipped cream to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the shelf life of whipped cream. Prior to purchase, you should leave cream and cream products on the grocery shelf until you are ready to check out.
Once at home, you can help all types of creams stay fresh longer by storing them in your refrigerator below 40°F immediately after each use. Like with most dairy products, whipped cream in air-tight containers that help keep out moisture and other contaminants (the original closed containers actually work fine).  
If you plan to keep your whipped cream outside of the refrigerator for an extended period of time, we suggest that it be stored on ice.  
Freezing homemade whipped cream may result in a less than perfect consistency and cans should never be frozen but cool whip is purchased in the freezer and can remain there for months. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Interesting facts about whipped cream?

  • Always thaw your whipped cream in your refrigerator if it has been frozen.

  • How long is whipped cream good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long is whipped cream good for? That depends. How long does coffee last? In general, whipped cream lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient it is mixed with. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy,
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     What are our shelf life resources?

    Our how long does whipped cream last content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scour the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of whipped cream.

     *An important note about the expiration date of dairy creams …

    Although the whipped cream shelf life information provided by Eat By Date is generally reliable, it is in no way intended to substitute for the advice of a qualified health care provider.  Please drink responsibly.