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Chalk Creek

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Hi. What is the consistency of your finished whipped shea? Is like whip cream, or more dense like butter? Mine feels just like butter, softer than a lotion bar. Should it be fluffier?

I use 75% shea and 25% sweet almond with just a few drops of EOs. Whip in an ice water bath until it looks like a good meringue.
 

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The longer you whip it the firmer it will be.

It should be as firm as *you* like it.

I used to whip mine fairly solid so you had to dig it out. Now I like mine a bit a softer so I whip it a bit less.
 

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Chalk sounds great- I would leave it if you like it- sounds like your going for the whipped cream type which I have yet to get mine is more like a "dig out" butter! People really like it at least the ones I sell too!
 

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Tab, I like it but I'd like to have it be fluffier. Will try whipping less. I wonder if it is getting cold too fast? Have to keep experimenting.

dragonfly, I'll get some pics when I whip my next batch, hopefully late next week.
 

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The only problem being if you do not whip enough, it will fall like a souffle. You will find your jars are only 1/2 full & kinda slimey the next day. It's like M&P though, you can rement & rewhip.

You are right that the faster it gets cold, the firmer it will get too.
 

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How do you know if you have whipped it enough? How long do you usually whip it to have it semi-solid?
 

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How long you whip to get it firm depends on how cold your ice bath is, how big your batch is & what speed you whip on. If I submurge a 1# batch in an ice bath & whip on the highest speed with a standing mixer for 6-9 minutes I have firm whipped shea. Other people (Paul) will tell you it takes them an hour to whip a firm batch. There are variables.
 

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I guess it requires a few tries, and some good notetaking about what you did so that when you get it right you know for next time... :lol:
 

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You know you have not whipped it enough when you go to look at it the next day & it has fallen like a souffle & your jars are now only 2/3 full!

If this happend you can remelt it & rewhip it. Don't throw it out (Dragon who? :wink: )!
 

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W/o the cold you will end up w/ butter the texture of crisco or animal fat :? .
 

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Ok gals and guys- I thought I did it- I thought I had cool whip body mousse- but noooo. I did at first- I did do it with an ice bath- and was fab- then I put the cap on the jar- come back a few hours later and another hard butter even using a softer oil melts into the skin though- :(. I think I'm destined to be a hard butter person- but you know maybe it's just meant to be that way and I like my butter that way anyway! Thought I would vent- thanks for listening!
 
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