Whether ice cream is produced in large quantities for nationwide distribution, or in small amounts to be used by one’s family and friends, there are a number of ways by which ice cream can be made. While top-selling ice cream companies and individuals have some similarities and some differences in their means of production, everyone who makes ice cream has one main point in common: to turn out a great-tasting product of the finest quality.
For individuals who wish to make their own ice cream, there are a couple of methods of doing so. One of the best parts of home-made ice cream is that the process of making it can be as enjoyable as eating the result! In addition, when making your own ice cream, you can be as creative as your imagination and taste-buds will allow you to be. There are virtually no limits to the flavorings and extra tidbits you can add when you make your own. You can try the absolute basic recipes, or you can let your creativity run wild with chocolate sprinkles, nuts, coconut flakes, and many other possibilities.
One of the most important ingredients in making homemade ice cream is rock salt. The purpose of this salt is to freeze the ice cream mixture as rapidly as possible, ensuring that it will retain its creamy texture and consistency. There are three basic containers in which you can make your ice cream. The most efficient are the two types of ice cream makers there is a manual, hand-crank style, and an electric version. The Cuisinart brand offers an excellent style of electric ice cream maker, which not only makes ice cream but also frozen yogurt and sorbet, at a very reasonable price. If you want to make ice cream at a campsite, or other location where electricity is not readily available, a non-electric style may be more to your liking. These manual, hand-cranked ice cream makers are also cost-efficient, and are sold by companies such as White Mountain.
A favored method of making ice cream amongst youngster is that of making it in plastic bags. Although it can become a bit messy, children will love the process of filling zip-lock plastic bags with milk, sugar, rock salt, and a variety of flavorings or small confections. They will also enjoy eating the finished product that they have created all by themselves or with a little help! The key to making good homemade ice cream in plastic bags is being sure the rock salt is used correctly, so that your ice cream will freeze properly and keep its best texture.
The commercial ice cream companies have their own processes of making ice cream. One of the most best-loved companies has an interesting process by which condensed milk and cream become the boxed treats you will find in your grocery stores. In the first stage of the process, the ingredients of the sweet cream base are put into a blend tank for the mixing and straining part of the process. Next, the mixture goes into the pasteurizer, heating the mixture to 183 degrees to kill any bacteria which may be present. The homogenization part of the process then mixes the cream into the milk to prevent separation and provide the best consistency of the ice cream. The mixture is then allowed to chill in a cooling tank for at least four hours, thus enhancing its consistency and flavor. Afterward, the mixture is transferred to flavoring vats, and to the freezer. In addition to freezing the mixture, the freezer also adds air to the mixture, producing an even better consistency of the product. The next stop which the ice cream mixture makes is the variegater, which adds chocolate fudge or other flavored swirls, and the chambers of the fruit feeder.
After the mixing stages are complete, the ice cream is ready to be put into pint containers by the automatic filler. It is then transferred to the spiral hardener to lower its temperature to zero degrees. The finished product is then bundled for shipping to your local grocery store.
Whether you decide to make your own ice cream, or prefer Ben and Jerry’s to do the work, the final result is worth both the effort and the price.