If you thought making your own delicious ice cream is a challenge wait until you find out how easy the whole process can be. The most important thing when you want to make your own ice cream whether at home or any place you deem suitable is the ice cream base. Whatever follows is your willingness to play with different flavors and ingredients to help you make your dream ice cream.
The quality of the ice cream you make also depends on the ingredients used. While some ingredients are basic and must be used in ice cream making, there are some cases where you can go an extra mile to introduce more unique flavors and ingredients to make the whole thing work out.
Ice cream contains 10% milk fat and up-to 20% milk solids which therefore makes milk one of the main ingredients used in ice cream. The following is a list of some of the main ingredients used in making ice cream.
- Sugar or sweeteners
- Milk fat or vegetable fat
- Color or flavor
- Stabilizers to improve the texture
- Emulsifiers such as eggs
- Fruits (Stawberry, Blueberry)
There are very many ingredients that you can use in ice cream. The ingredients listed here are the one commonly used in some of the tasty ice creams you might have tasted. Milk fats and milk solids are important components when making ice cream. The main function of milk fats is the provision of richness and creaminess to the ice cream. It also determines how the ice cream melts. The recommended amount of milk fat in a premium ice cream is 10%.
The other ice cream component is milk solids to help your ice cream contain lactose and essential proteins. Milk solids also give your ice cream a nice texture and it also helps in stabilizing it. Dry milk condensed milk, whey or evaporated milk can be used in making your ice cream.
The main function of sweeteners in making ice creams is to give it its characteristic sweet taste. They also help in lowering the freezing point of your mixture to make sure scooping of the ice cream is easy. Do not add too much sugar as a sweetener into your mixture because it can make your ice cream too soft which can affect its texture. You can choose between corn syrup and sugar as your sweetener. Sugars or sweeteners determine the amount of ice formed when freezing.
The main function of stabilizers when making ice cream is to improve crystallization. They are carbohydrates and without them your ice cream can end up being unpleasant. Guar, gums gelatins and alginates are the most common stabilizers used in ice cream.
To keep milk products and solids dispersed all over your ice cream you’ll need to use a nice emulsifier. This is one way to stabilize your ice cream and make it remain easy to scoop under normal temperatures. There are a variety of emulsifiers you can always use to stabilize your ice cream. These include diglycerides and egg yolks.
When flavoring your ice cream you can either choose from natural flavors or artificial flavors. Chocolate products, candies, nuts and fruits can also be used to give your ice cream a delicious and yummy structure.
Vegetable fats can also be used in making ice cream. If you are this kind of a person who is obsessed with vegetables this could be a nice option instead of using milk fats.
You can add fruit chunks to your ice cream depending on your most preferred types of fruits. The commonly used fruits in making ice cream include strawberries, raspberries and peaches. There are very many fruits that can be used in making ice cream. Fruits are full of essential vitamins and nutrients and when you use fruits in making your ice cream you supply your body with such vitamins.