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Ever wonder how ice cream is made from scratch?

If it’s ever interest you in learning exactly how ice cream is made, then we’re here to give you the lowdown. Unfortunately, it’s impossible for you to get ice cream the same quality at we make it at Uncle Mikes as it is our profession and we use machines worth thousand and thousands of dollars, so this isn’t at all possible.

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yummy huh?

You should be really really care when choosing which ingredients that you are going to use in your ice cream. This is because the ingredients that you use in your ice cream will have a massive effect on the end product that is produced, so you really need to know what you are doing in regards to your ice cream.

If you follow the below instructions, you should be able to get an acceptable level of ice cream.

  1. Heat the milk to around 50 degrees celcius. This is the best level that you should heat your milk to so that it doesn’t curdle.
  2. You shouldn’t mix in any of the gelatin until until it has dissolved completely so that you do not need to worry about the gelatin being too thick and this will help you later in the ice cream making process
  3. Pasteurising the ice cream is also a super important part of this process, as with making any complete dairy product. Pasteurization is named after the French baker Louis Pastuer, who first invented dairy in the 17th Century. You should get the heat to approximately 75 degrees and hold it there for one or two minutes until you can see it bubbling

After this, the ice cream needs to be homogenized. This is the most important part of the process as without doing this you won’t get a really good texture to the ice cream so make sure that you do this part really well. It will also make the ice cream slightly healthier as it reduces the amount of fat that is in the ice cream significantly. And when I say significantly, I mean it! The fat will not be separated after it is stablized so don’t worry about that too much either.

After making the ice cream – Freezing and Storing

After the ice cream is finished with the homogenization process, you need to reduce the temperature to 0 degrees immediately to make sure that the ice cream is at optimum level. Unlike some other dairy substances which are best consumed fresh, you can leave ice cream for a while and it will actually improve in taste!

To freeze the ice cream, make sure that your ice cream is in a seal tight container and voila! You should have some really great ice cream for you and all of your family to enjoy. Delicious!

 

Why is ice cream made with salt?

Although you might think the history of ice cream is boring, you really couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s many different things about ice cream that you might not know, so here we are at Uncle Mikes to help you learn about some of the common things that you might wonder about ice cream.

Why is ice cream made with salt?

Well, this actually dates back to the 17th century and the people of that era used this specific method. If you didn’t know, salt is a primary catalyst in lowering the temperature of ice cream. Back then, they used to use it in ice cream, ice and everything like that. Ever wonder why salt was started to be used on the roads all over the world? Yes, this started because salt rose the temperature so much that the ice would then be solid instead of patchy. ice-cream-salt

So, the reason that salt is used in ice cream isn’t for taste unless in special different flavours like salted caramel. It’s actually just used to keep the ice cream of a good thickness and consistency.

Interesting, huh?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that ice cream is primarily popular throughout the heat of the summer, right? So, ever wonder what they used to use before freezers were invented?

You got it! Salted ice! Well, I say salted ice, they used to use the ice out of salt lakes, which was used specifically because it kept the temperature super low. This was actually made popular in the Lake District in the UK, which is a part of England that is full of big gorgeous lakes. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend that you got over there and visit the Lake District as it is one of the major tourist destinations in the UK outside of London and Buckingham Palace.

Anyway I hope you learned something about ice and why they use salt in it; we only use the best salt in  our ice cream!

 

Does Ice Cream Go Bad?

A super common question that we’re asked at Uncle Mike’s. Does ice cream go bad? Well, due to the fact that it is made of milk, then yes there’s definitely the potential for your ice cream to go off after some time. Though it won’t be immediately, this is an unfortunate inevitability that will happen, unless you take the correct precautions. Firstly, lets just clarify this; your everyday fridge won’t store your ice cream at a good temperature over larger periods of time. The freezers that we use at big ice cream parlours are different and the temperature can be adjusted different, which isn’t the norm for the majority of fridges in your house. Over time, this will lead to your ice cream becoming crystalized and ‘off’.

One of the most common problems that will occur due to this is dehydration of your ice cream. This wil leave it too runny, and eventually it’ll turn bad due to the lack of oxygen in your ice cream. Again, this will in turn make your ice cream be termed as ‘off’.

 

The main ways that you can prevent your ice cream from turning bad are;

  • Make sure that your freezer is running at an optimum level of cold. This should be well below 0 degrees celsius. By doing this, you minimize the chance of your ice cream going off.
  • Keep your ice cream in a seal tight container. If it isn’t completely seal, you do run the risk of letting oxygen into your ice cream, which will affect its long term shelf life.
  • Don’t leave the freezer door open whilst you’re putting your shopping in. That significant drop in temperature can have a big affect on your ice cream over time.

If you follow these instructions, you can be sure that your ice cream won’t go off within the first few months. Though I wouldn’t leave ice cream any longer than that personally, it should be good for a minimum of three months; if you take care of it.