As the Ice Cream Churns


| 6/20/2018 11:39:00 AM


Country MoonThe old saying, "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream," is pretty much true. Who doesn't like the cool, sugary treat during the lazy days of summer? When I was a kid, going to the local Dairy Queen or Tastee Freeze was a treat that we waited for all week.

Life was simple then, when ice cream was ice cream. We could just enjoy. Sometimes now there are too many choices: ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen custard, gelato... and the list goes on. What exactly is going on and what is what? Ice cream isn't just ice cream anymore.

To be classified as ice cream by the USDA, ice cream must contain at least 10 percent milkfat. This fact is what distinguishes ice cream from all the other frozen products such as frozen custard, frozen yogurt, gelato, sherbert, sorbet and others.

Ice cream is sweet, creamy and delicious, but what makes it that way? It is basically made of three basic ingredients: milkfat either from milk or cream, sweeteners and flavorings.

The milkfat is what gives it its smooth and creamy texture. The creaminess depends on the size of the ice crystals that are formed during freezing. During freezing, ice crystals are combined with air and the faster it freezes, the smaller the crystals and the creamier the ice cream.



Sweeteners are added in the form of sugar, honey or others. To make the various kinds of ice cream, flavorings, nuts and other ingredients are added.

NebraskaDave
6/27/2018 8:14:07 PM

Lois, every year we have a block party when all the neighbors up and down the block get together for games and fun. We all contribute to the food table and bring our own drinks and meat. Some years ago I made ice cream and now it's been designated that I will make it every year. I can remember once when my Dad was having a birthday party, the ice cream servers had dished up the ice cream and cake for the people present. After about 10 minutes my Dad asked, how come the ice cream not taken hasn't melted. He was right. There it stood in the same scooped stance as it had been for 10 minutes. There is so much stuff in store bought ice cream that it doesn't even melt very fast. Not so with my ice cream. When it comes out of the freezer, folks better be standing in line to eat it because in about 5 minutes it will be a puddle on the plate. It's what real ice cream is supposed to do, isn't it? ***** Have a great home made ice cream day. Yes, we all scream for ice cream. ***** Nebraska Dave


NebraskaDave
6/27/2018 6:49:35 PM

Lois, every year we have a block party when all the neighbors up and down the block get together for games and fun. We all contribute to the food table and bring our own drinks and meat. Some years ago I made ice cream and now it's been designated that I will make it every year. I can remember once when my Dad was having a birthday party, the ice cream servers had dished up the ice cream and cake for the people present. After about 10 minutes my Dad asked, how come the ice cream not taken hasn't melted. He was right. There it stood in the same scooped stance as it had been for 10 minutes. There is so much stuff in store bought ice cream that it doesn't even melt very fast. Not so with my ice cream. When it comes out of the freezer, folks better be standing in line to eat it because in about 5 minutes it will be a puddle on the plate. It's what real ice cream is supposed to do, isn't it? ***** Have a great home made ice cream day. Yes, we all scream for ice cream. ***** Nebraska Dave






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