Archive for July, 2009

Butterfat and Ice Cream

Contrary to what you may have heard, fat is good. One of the biggest factors in ice cream’s texture is the amount of “butterfat” (the fatty part of milk) that it contains.  If there’s not enough butterfat, the ice cream tends to taste icy and not very smooth—which is fine if you’re making a sherbet […]

How To Make Ice Cream: The Sweet Cream Base

The place to start when making ice cream is with the Sweet Cream Base. It contains the basic ingredients for lots of recipes, and then you can add flavorings to make whatever you want. A great book to start with is Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book. It’s filled with no-nonsense recipes […]

First Post: National Ice Cream Day

I love ice cream! What other food has such a perfect balance of flavor, texture, and temperature. How many other foods actually change state—from a solid to a liquid—as you eat it. Take milk, cream, and sugar, mix them up, and what do you have? Well, not much. But freeze it, add some air, and […]