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Ice cream

  1. Jul 30, 2008 #1

    wolram

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    I have never bothered much about ice cream, sort of yes i will eat one just for a change,
    i bought one from the ice cream van tother day and it changed my mind, either his ice cream is different or my taste buds have changed, any ways up, question is how many ways are there to make a basic ice cream?
     
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  3. Jul 30, 2008 #2

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    [open]can of worms[/open]
    From the presurissed vegatable oil emulsion in ice cream vans to, made on the farm in the Yorkshire dales with real cream, to genuine italian Gelato - quite a few!
     
  4. Jul 30, 2008 #3

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    A lot. I have eaten ice creams in many places in Europe, some are awfull, some are perfect.
     
  5. Jul 30, 2008 #4

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    There is a family that owned a local dairy, and about 25 years ago, they couldn't sell enough butter to get rid of all the milk-fat that they removed from milk to make reduced-fat milks. They opened a small ice cream shop, and started making ice cream to sell locally. It became a huge hit, and they shut down all other dairy operations and are getting milk-fat from other dairies and are supplying regional supermarkets and a large chain of family-owned and franchised ice cream shops. Theirs is about the best ice cream I have ever tasted. They put Ben and Jerry's to shame - easily.
     
  6. Jul 30, 2008 #5
    I made ice cream in high-school chemistry once.
     
  7. Jul 30, 2008 #6

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    One of the many jobs I held as a college student was in an ice cream shop. They made their own right there.

    My favorite: pistachio. Not the green stuff you buy at the grocery store - the real thing is just white. Yummy!

    Another big favorite: plain. No flavor at all, not even vanilla. Great with fresh berries.
     
  8. Jul 30, 2008 #7

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    When I was in HS, I was a distance runner and could eat anything I wanted without gaining an ounce. About once a week, I would treat myself to a banana split made with all French vanilla ice cream, lots of sauces and nuts. No frou-frou ice creams or flavor combinations for me - just 3 scoops of French vanilla. Then I would run home 1-1/2 miles after my treat (after running probably 5+ miles earlier). I never broke 125# until college.
     
  9. Jul 30, 2008 #8

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    I guess it just pot luck then if you get a good ice cream from a van, the one i had was creamy without being icky sweet creamy.
     
  10. Jul 30, 2008 #9

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    The best ice cream I've ever tasted was home made (by me), ice and rock salt in a wooden bucket, hand cranked. People that had never tasted home made ice cream before were going nuts. I have never found a mass produced ice cream that could match that flavor. Egg yolks, cream, sugar, rennet, cocoa and vanilla. That's it. Anything else other than those first four ingredients (except flavoring like cocoa and vanilla) and it's not the "real deal".
     
  11. Jul 30, 2008 #10

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    Commercial ice creams are often made with ingredients that would never have been contemplated 100 years ago. If an ice cream has a slimy texture as it melts or leaves a cloying sweet taste in your mouth, it is crap.
     
  12. Jul 30, 2008 #11

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    We made homemade ice cream when I was a kid. I didn't like it at all.

    But, I think I need to make another trip to Columbus to get more Graeter's ice cream! I found out that the IT guy returning from a year of working remotely from another state (family issues) used to live in OH too and knows all about Graeters. Maybe I'll get him to do a road trip with me. He didn't know there were shops in Columbus, he thought they were all in Cincinnati. :biggrin: We might have to cart back more for some other faculty too, though, since we were talking about it with them and telling them how much better it is than any other ice cream they've ever tried.
     
  13. Jul 30, 2008 #12

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    When I was a kid, there was a nearby dairy that kept only Jerseys and Guernseys (both VERY high-fat milkers) and the mild was unpasturized and unhomogenized, leaving us with about a cup of cream/quart of milk. We would make butter, of course, but in the summer, we would toss salt and ice in the ice-cream maker and crank up some REAL ice-cream. The best ones were made with fresh wild strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc, with some vanilla flavoring and a minimum of sugar. We'd have some bananas, chocolate syrup, etc available on really big days, like holidays, but normally, it was just "make a nice batch of ice cream" and everybody enjoyed it.
     
  14. Jul 30, 2008 #13
    I was surprised to find out that Margaret Thatcher was one of the people who invented soft-serve. I didn't think she needed to make ice cream though; she's always been sweet enough.
     
  15. Jul 30, 2008 #14

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    Since you said your parents couldn't cook, I wouldn't give up on trying real homemade ice cream yet. :smile:
     
  16. Jul 30, 2008 #15

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    Yes maggie iron milk maid.

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    Hang about, you guys salt in ice cream?????
     
  17. Jul 30, 2008 #16
    The best ice cream I've ever had, bar none, hands down, was from a little ice cream shop in Baden Baden in Germany. They served the ice cream on little silver pedestal platters with the balls of ice cream arranged in a pyramid shape. The stuff was ohmygosh-fall-over-sideways good. I have no clue who they were.
     
  18. Jul 30, 2008 #17

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    I've been to Baden Baden, too! My parents were living in Germany and my family and I went for a visit - we all loved the trip, and especially Baden Baden! Aaaaahhh, the spas....!

    Didn't have any ice cream, though :frown: . Guess we'll have to go back :smile: !
     
  19. Jul 31, 2008 #18

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    I worked in an ice cream parlor in high school. I was the guy that made the ice cream (we were named best ice cream in Summit County that year). That was a fantastic place to work. The night managers were college freshman or sophomores and the rest of us were all high school kids (from 5 different high schools, no less). Didn't pay a lot (not even minimum wage), but that was a great gang.

    Now, I make my own ice cream in a wooden bucket with the ice and rock salt. Strawberry ice cream made with real strawberries is just incredible. :biggrin:

    I still have to play with the chocolate. Just like in high school, that seems to be the hardest to get just right. In high school, a little extra vanilla flavoring in the chocolate seemed to do wonders. With my home made chocolate, the best seems to be if the chocolate bars don't quite dissolve all the way (the flavoring comes from the unsweetened bars of chocolate plus some cocoa). If there's still tiny specks of undissovled chocolate left in the ice cream, the final product is really good.

    The best is when you pull the beater blades out of the can. You can only freeze the ice cream so far before you can't turn the crank anymore. You pull the blades out of the still soft ice cream and finish by freezing the can for another couple hours (if you left the blades in, you'd have a real hard time scooping the ice cream). Since you can't ever get all of the ice cream off the beater blades and into the can, you have to clean the blades, somehow. I just hand out spoons and ask for volunteers. Eating soft ice cream off the beater blades - that's summer. :cool:

    Kids love it, especially if I make chocolate. The parent that has to clean chocolate stains out of the kids' clothes - maybe not so much.
     
  20. Jul 31, 2008 #19

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    Oh, probably. That wasn't really my point, but rather that just because it's homemade doesn't automatically make it good. People can make really bad homemade ice cream too.
     
  21. Jul 31, 2008 #20

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    Wolram, find yourself some Bradwell's. Made in the middle of Derbyshire. Yum.
     
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