Sweet Science: Make Your Own Ice Cream

On a sweltering summer day or just an ordinary Friday, there's nothing quite like indulging in ice cream from your favorite ice cream shop. But have you ever considered making your own scrumptious homemade ice cream? While it may appear daunting at first, crafting ice cream is an enjoyable and delectable endeavor that combines culinary expertise and scientific principles.

For the most basic ice cream recipes, you require two indispensable ingredients: milk and sugar. Astonishingly, 9% of the milk produced in the United States is utilized in crafting ice cream. Although many low-fat ice cream and frozen yogurts are available for purchase, ice cream typically necessitates fat to establish a sturdy base and maintain its creamy, velvety texture. And the sugar, undoubtedly, makes it sweet.

But how do these ingredients harmoniously blend to create the sweet, chilly dessert we all adore? Typically, ice cream makers churn their ice cream. This process imparts a thick, creamy, and fluffy texture to the ice cream, incorporating 50% more air. For gelato, which is more custard-like and slightly denser, there's only about 30% air.

Fear not, for you don't need an ice cream maker to craft your own ice cream at home! All you require is a gallon-sized plastic bag, some ice, and salt.

To create your own ice cream, place four cups of ice in a large gallon bag along with a half cup of salt. In a small sandwich bag, combine a tablespoon of sugar, a 1/2 cup of half and half, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Position the sandwich bag within the gallon bag and shake vigorously for five minutes. Lo and behold, you should have ice cream within five minutes!

So, what happened? The salt in the gallon bag decreased the freezing point, enabling the crucial ice crystals to form within the bag. Combined with the shaking, you've created the perfect environment for ice cream to materialize.

Serve your homemade ice cream in our stylish solid color cups and use our eco-friendly spoons for an unforgettable dessert experience.

Looking to upgrade your frozen dessert game? Check out our custom branding options and explore our wide range of supplies, such as gelato cups, clear plastic containers, and color-changing spoons!

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About the Author: Tim Porter

Tim is the CEO and people builder of FrozenDessertSupplies.com. In his free time, he enjoys being with his family, collecting watches, and Classic Mini Coopers.


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Our paper ice cream cups are made withFDA approved food-safe papercoated in a thin layer ofPE (Polyethylene). Our clear plastic cups, banana split boats, and plastic dome lids are made fromPET (Polyethylene Terephthalate). Our plastic spoons and straws are made fromPP (Polypropylene). Our eco-friendly ice cream cups are made fromFDA approved food-safe papercoated in a thin layer ofPLA (Polylactic Acid). PLA is plastic made from corn starch. Our eco-friendly spoons are also made from PLA. Our eco-friendly wooden spoons are made from FDA approvedsmooth birch wood.