The History and Evolution of N2O Cylinders for Whipping Cream

N2O cylinders are a useful tool for creating smooth, velvety whipped cream. They are also used in several culinary preparations.

These cylinders are filled with nitrous oxide (N2O) under high pressure. The narrow end of the cylinder has a foil covering that is punctured to release the gas.


A whipped cream charger is a steel cartridge or cylinder filled with nitrous oxide gas (N2O) and used as a whipping agent. They are available in a wide range of sizes depending on the capacity required for commercial use.

N2O, also known as laughing gas, is a colourless gas first synthesized by Joseph Priestley in 1772. It is commonly used as a sedative and pain-reducing substance in surgery, dentistry and childbirth.

However, the gas has become widely known for its recreational uses by youths, who inhale it to gain a euphoric effect. This has led to a rise in the sale of N2O canisters in gas stations and convenience stores across the United States. Whipped cream dispensers, which infuse a burst of nitrous oxide from an N2O cartridge with heavy cream to produce a cloudy puffy topping, are commonplace in restaurants and cafes. The most common cylinders contain between 8 grams and 580 grams of food-grade nitrous oxide.

N2O Cylinders Functions

Whipping cream is a popular dessert topping that's often used in restaurants and bakeries. It's also an ingredient in many mixed drinks and cocktails.

Nitrous oxide is the key ingredient in whipped cream. It helps stabilise the cream, making it thick and fluffy.

Whipped cream is also used in culinary applications, such as giving non-aerated salads and sauces more volume and shape. This allows you to experiment with new recipes and create unique dishes.

In the kitchen, N2O cylinders are commonly used to make whipped cream. They are small, affordable canisters that contain nitrous oxide gas.

Safety Measures for N2O

The use of N2O has become an enchantment in the culinary world, enabling many chefs, bakers, and bartenders to produce not only whipped cream but also other delectable foods such as foams, sauces, marinades, and unique cocktail tops.

Essentially, a nitrous oxide cylinder is a metal cartridge filled with 8g to 16g of nitrous oxide. It is used with commercial whipped cream dispensers that infuse a burst of nitrous oxide into heavy cream to create a puffy cloud of whipped cream.

It is a pressurized canister that has the potential to be dangerous if not handled correctly. Inhaling too much of the gas can lead to oxygen deprivation, which can be fatal.

To prevent nitrous oxide leaks, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and always use a new charger. Avoid puncturing the nozzle with anything other than a specialized whipped cream dispenser and keep your face away from the nozzle when you release the gas.

Applications of N2O Canisters

Whipped cream is a popular topping for desserts like pies, cakes, and ice cream sundaes. It also is a popular ingredient for mixed drinks and cocktails.

Whip cream is typically made from heavy cream and sugar, but it can be flavored with vanilla extract or other flavors. When it is whipped, it is injected with nitrous oxide (N2O), which makes the cream foamy and volumized.

N2O is extremely soluble in liquid whipping cream and other fatty food substances. It is a safe way to make whipped cream because it does not react with fats and oils, which can cause the cream to oxidize and go rancid.

N2O canisters for whipped cream are available in small 8-gram cylinders and large 580-gram tanks. The larger cylinders are a good choice for high-volume commercial use. They have eighty times more nitrous oxide than standard 8g cartridges and are easier to use with a pressure regulator.

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