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Why wooden sticks for ice cream bars?

Why are wooden sticks usually used for ice cream bars? This seems to hold for every commercial ice cream bar I have ever had, yet I can't find the reason... Why not use plastic instead, for example? ...
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Why don't most ice cream recipes include salt in the base?

I've been getting into ice cream this summer and of all the recipes I've reviewed and tested, none of them call for salt in the ice cream mixture itself. (With the exception of caramel sea salt, and ...
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How do I seal ice cream containers?

I want to make ice cream, put them into pint containers (or, hopefully of any custom size in the future) and have the containers be sealed with a film like Häagen-Dazs does. A machine would be ok. ...
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Question about consistency of homemade ice cream

My family has been making homemade ice cream for years. I run the machine, but usually there are many other hands that want to make it. I know their is the custard less variety, containing milk, ...
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How to make creamier and softer vegan coconut ice-cream?

I was making vegan coconut ice-cream with coconut milk base. Instead of using a can of coconut milk, shredded coconut with hot water was squeezed through a towel for coconut milk replacement. Then ...
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How to make the marshmallow swirl for Chocolate Marshmallow Ice cream from scratch?

My wife loves chocolate marshmallow swirl ice cream, but she doesn't like store-bought marshmallows. I would like to surprise her with homemade chocolate marshmallow swirl ice cream, but I am unsure ...
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What determines whether a sherbet will set or not?

A couple nights ago I was watching the Food Network show Chopped and one of the contestants made sherbet. Because the contestants are limited to 30 minutes to prepare their desserts, the contestant ...
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How long do I need to freeze the freezer bowl when making the second batch of ice cream?

I have made one batch of ice cream, and now I need to make another. I have rinsed out the freezer bowl, and when I dried it I noticed that the water had frozen to a thin film of ice. So it is ...
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Donvier Ice Cream Maker - why stirring only every 2 minutes?

This weekend I picked up a hand-cranked ice cream maker for a very low price. However some of the instructions don't make much sense. For this maker, they say to crank the handcrank 2-3 times every ...
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Use ice cream to make panna cotta?

Is it possible to make panna cotta using ice cream even if not in the traditional sense? Given that ice cream is made with cream, can I just use melted ice cream and gelatin to make panna cotta?
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Repeatedly softening ice cream in the microwave

My wife is in the habit of making ice cream easier to serve up by defrosting it in the microwave for 20 seconds or so to soften it. After serving, the ice cream goes back in the freezer until the ...
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Is there a magic ingredient that keeps ice-cream soft?

I have bought a electric ice-cream churner, I have tried so many different flavours, different recipes, used alcohols. Have read previous questions and a don't believe that leaving ice-cream out to ...
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Why is my icecream bitter?

I am new to making homemade ice cream. I just started to feel confident with plain vanilla, so it was time for the next step - adding fruit. The custard recipe says it can be turned into fruit ice ...
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“Soften” ice cream to make ice cream bars

I am trying to make ice cream bars using a silicone mold, and the instruction sheet that came with it says "fill the mold with softened ice cream". I was wondering what the best way is to "soften" the ...
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Why does holding ice cream mix improve flavor?

Why does holding ice cream mix overnight prior to churning improve the flavor of ice cream when it is finally made? This is true, empirically in my experience, even for simple Philadelphia style ice ...
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Chemical process behind hardening ice cream

We made a simple ice cream by mixing whipping cream, sugar, and Nutella. After 5-6 hours (surely enough time for the ice cream to cool to the temperature of the freezer), it was soft (mechanically ...
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Recommendations for making ice cream with milk and corn starch (corn flour)

I started off making ice cream in the French style with cream and egg yolks. I've mostly been using David Lebovitz's web site and his fantastic book the Perfect Scoop. I've recently been experimenting ...
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Why did my ice cream turn out like this?

I suppose I should mention that its texture came out PERFECTLY, and I'd really like it to do this again. The first thing I did was heat 2 cups of sugar and 3 cups of half and half over low-ish heat, ...
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Can you substitute blood for the eggs in an ice cream base?

I read somewhere (Facebook) that you can use blood as a substitute for the eggs in an ice cream base due to to the similarities in protein composition shared between the two. Does anyone know more ...
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Is Italian style gelato achievable with standard home ice cream makers and home freezers?

I've not had much success trying to make Italian style gelato at home though French style ice cream works very well. I'm using the Cuisinart ICE-100 which comes with both an ice cream and a gelato ...
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What features should I consider when getting an ice cream or gelato machine?

Obviously, there's the amount that it can make in one batch, and there seem to be three basic types (ones you freeze the bowl ahead of time; ones you pack it with salt and ice, and ones that ...
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Can arabic gum substitute for fat in making ice cream from homogenized 3% fat (low fat) milk

Many articles suggest adding gum to ice cream batter to make it creamy , can this technique be used to add more gum to the milk to compensate for the low fat homogenized milk. Mostly recipes ask to ...
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Substitute for egg yolk in ice-cream (Egg Allergy)

I have a few questions regarding egg yolk in ice-cream. I would love to try making homemde ice-cream but a lot of recipes I see have egg yolk. Is there a substitute that I could use or is it ...
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How do I make sugar-free ice cream without a machine?

I want to make ice cream at home for diabetics without a machine. I'd want it to be sugar-free. What kind of base ingredients should I use? Will the any of the no machine methods here be better or ...
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How to make ice cream without a machine?

I recently made a poor-man's ice cream by making an egg custard and freezing it in the freezer in a metal bowl, stiring about every half hour. I was expecting it to freeze it 2 hours, but three hours ...
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how long does chilling take for this icecream recipe

The link at the bottom is for an icecream recipe without the machine. One part of it requires chilling a heated mixture. I was wondering if anyone knew how long the chilling will take since the other ...
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Emulating Starbucks Frappuccino Cream Base

At Starbucks, the "Cream Based" (no coffee) frappuccinos all use a proprietary syrup base which I would like to emulate to be able to make a reasonable facsimile at home. When the baristas make a ...
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Can semifreddo be used in fried ice cream recipe?

As the title says, can I use semifreddo instead of ice cream in a fried ice cream recipe?
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Semifreddo vs Ice Cream

What is the difference between semifreddo and ice cream? Is it just the cooking method and the time for which they are frozen?
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Making ice cream and fats don't dissolve in base

I am making ice cream from this recipe: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/10/apple-browned-butter-sour-cream-ice-cream-recipe.html (the first variation) Upon reaching the final mixing step for ...
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What is the reason that an ice cream scoop can't go in the dishwasher?

I have an ice cream scoop that is labeled with something like: Do not immerse in water hotter than 140 °F / 60 °C. Do not wash this item in the dishwasher. What is the real reason for ...
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How can I make my Ice Cream “creamier”

My ice cream doesn't feel creamy enough. I got the recipe from Good Eats, and I can't tell if it's just the recipe or maybe that I'm just not getting my "batter" cold enough before I try to make it ...
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Making cherry ice cream, should I macerate the cherries?

I am going to be making cherry ice cream, I haven't used cherries before but in making strawberry ice cream I have always macerated the berries. Should I do the same for cherries, the few recipes I ...
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Milk substitute for ice cream and others

I'm thinking of reducing my dairy intake. For ice cream, I'm thinking of using a milk substitute and wondering what works well. I'm thinking of: starch sources for a "roux" like concoction: potato: ...
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Is vanilla a flavour or just absence of flavour?

My question is specific about ice-creams but more details are welcome.
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How to make homemade ice cream with a chocolate swirl

My favorite ice cream flavor has swirls of gooey chocolate running through vanilla ice cream. What do I have to do to reproduce this effect with homemade ice cream? I tried adding chocolate sauce ...
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What is the difference between ice cream, gelato, and sorbet?

What is the difference between ice cream, gelato, and sorbet? They look different, but are they made differently?
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What happens if you freeze a soft serve of ice cream?

If I buy a soft serve of ice cream (a single serving in a cone or tub) and put it in my home freezer, will it retain its shape and texture? What will happen to it?
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Ice Cream Sugar Substitutes - Applesauce?

Can I replace the sugar in ice cream with (very smooth) applesauce. I do not enjoy my desserts to be super sweet and I always have tons of homemade applesauce sitting in the fridge. How much would ...
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Why's my icecream jelly like?

I was following this recipe to make some French Vanilla Icecream. I had to prepare some home-made cream from scratch, for I was very short on ingredients. After completing the cooking, during the ...
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Purpose of condensed milk in mango ice cream?

Purchased condensed milk (so expensive!) to make mango ice cream as per this recipe. After mixing up everything, the mixture seemed a bit softer in texture as compared to my Mom's way of simply mixing ...
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Tips for Creating a Creamy and Smooth Sorbet

Recently I purchased and ice cream maker and have been making lots of sorbets with our surplus frozen fruit. Often I will follow a recipe however sometimes not: sometimes the sorbets are icy after ...
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Custard based ice cream vs eggless ice cream

I'm looking up ice-cream recipes to try to make one for the first time. I found recipes that use the custard base (with eggs) and then some that do not use any eggs. I am also planning to buy an ...
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What does make ice cream smooth and silky?

I tried to make a simple ice cream by mixing heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla into a common ice cream maker. After 30 min of stirring, it produced an acceptable ice cream, but as I used heavy cream ...
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Problems with rapid melting ice cream. Making it without a machine

I know this has been discussed before, but I am approaching the problem from another angle: I don't have an ice cream machine. So I made Alton Browns Philedelphia style ice cream I made the base, ...
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What's the best way to defrost ice-cream/sorbet quickly?

I made some sorbet at the weekend, and realised just when we were due to serve that I had forgot to take it out of the freezer to soften, and so it was rock hard. What is the best way to bring it to ...
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Can I use any other flavor instead of vanilla in Copycat Sonic shake Recipe?

I have reviewed various recipes for copycat sonic shake recipe and they all use vanilla flavor. But I don't like vanilla flavor. Can I add any other flavor to it?
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Why is my sherbet loosing flavour?

I have recently been mixing batches of sherbet using Malic acid, colour, flavouring and granulated sugar. I add all the ingredients and mix it for 10 minutes in a stainless steel drum. The flavor is ...
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Non-dairy ice cream

I love ice cream. I been trying for the past 2 years to come up with a good non-dairy ice cream because the one I liked is no longer available. I have many allergies so it's very hard to find things ...
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Liquid nitrogen ice cream in food processor?

Has anyone tried using a food processor to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen? Since the container is not made of steel but hard plastic, I am wondering if it is ok to use a food processor to do ...