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Why wooden sticks for ice cream bars?

In terms of bulk price wood is about 3x cheaper than plastic. (I buy both plastic and wood materials for commercial and residential uses in my profession.) Also, wood is biodegradable which makes it ...
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Why does pistachio ice cream not taste like pistachio nuts?

Firstly, let me disagree and say that I have tasted some (amazing) pistachio ice creams that tasted very much like the actual nuts. That said, I can think of several reasons why the ice cream might ...
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Why wooden sticks for ice cream bars?

Besides the other things mentioned, wood is an insulator and is a poor thermal sink. To explain -- have you ever tried to hold onto something plastic that's been in your freezer? It can be quite ...
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Why wooden sticks for ice cream bars?

One element is tradition. The popsicle was supposedly invented by Frank Epperson when he left a drink mixture on the porch overnight in with a wooden stirrer in it. (Some historians have questioned ...
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How does adding vanilla extract help make a milkshake if the ice cream is already vanilla?

Fundamentally the answer is just 'it is added for flavour; you can skip it if you want'. A few suggestions as to why it might be a good decision to add it: Vanilla flavour can be stronger or weaker, ...
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Does 'Non-cold/warm ice-cream' exist?

Much of the distinctive experience of ice cream comes from its temperature, so be prepared for disappointment. However, a set custard like in a crème brûlée or panna cotta is creamy and holds its ...
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Why can't this ice cream scoop go in the dishwasher?

I've accidentally run my scoop, a Zeroll with conductive fluid inside the handle, through the dishwasher. I don't know this for a fact because I didn't cut mine open to check, but I believe what ...
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Repeatedly softening ice cream in the microwave

It's perfectly safe to do this, it's not great for the ice cream's consistency to keep warming it and cooling it as you'll start to get big ice crystals. I'd suggest you get a metal ice cream scoop ...
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Why wooden sticks for ice cream bars?

I think the ice cream sticks better to wood than plastic
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Reasons for separating eggs in ice cream

Milk and cream are essentially made up of water, fat, and protein molecules. Within milk and cream, the fat globules are already emulsified in the surrounding water by casein (one of the proteins ...
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Does pistachio ice cream need pistachio nut chunks in it?

I was at first a bit uneasy about your question, seeing the word "need" as potentially subjective. Then I realized that the core of your question seems to be: Would the cream part of the ...
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Why does pistachio ice cream not taste like pistachio nuts?

This adds a couple more slightly speculative reasons to L.Schoon's list, which I commend. Solubility: In ice cream, the pistachios are blended in with water and fats. When you eat them whole they're ...
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Why can't this ice cream scoop go in the dishwasher?

Is the liquid inside the handle? Some ice-cream-scoops are hollow and have a liquid on the inside to help heat conduction - this helps melt the ice-cream and prevent it from freezing to the scoop. ...
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"Soften" ice cream to make ice cream bars

You just need the ice cream to be soft enough to mold. Your recipe is referring to store-bought ice cream that tends to be very hard. A little time on the counter will soften it a bit without melting ...
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Why can't this ice cream scoop go in the dishwasher?

One reason could be that dishwasher detergent significantly affects aluminum items. I learned early on that aluminum pans lost their shine and had a dark residue on the surface. Not 100% sure, but it ...
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Does pistachio ice cream need pistachio nut chunks in it?

Short answer: no, it doesn't. I'm actually a bit surprised by the other two answers here about (pieces of) nuts being a common ingredient. Where I'm from, pistachio ice cream usually does not contain ...
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Why does pistachio ice cream not taste like pistachio nuts?

Most pistachio ice creams are made with some, if not most or even all, almond and almond flavoring in addition to pistachio flavoring. That is largely due to the cost difference in the two products, ...
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Does 'Non-cold/warm ice-cream' exist?

In Brazil there are recipe variations for "Sorvete quente" (hot ice cream) which is mostly a mix of a custard made with egg yolks and condensed milk, with egg white meringue folded in. The ...
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Can I freeze ice cream base before creaming it?

There should be no problem with your approach from a safety perspective as long as the base doesn't spent too long in the danger zone. From a consistency standpoint you are fine as long as you use a ...
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Is it possible to make non-sweet icecream (i.e. with no added sugar or sweeteners)?

Sugar does more than just make ice cream sweet. It also controls the way ice cream freezes. Without it, you tend to get bigger ice crystals, which have an unpleasant mouth feel. There are substitutes....
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Can I freeze ice cream base before creaming it?

The "batter" is typically called a "base" or "ice cream base." There is no problem freezing the base for storage purposes, thawing (in the refrigerator so as to stay out ...
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Why can't this ice cream scoop go in the dishwasher?

FOUND IT! From The Sweet Home The Zeroll isn’t dishwasher safe. Often you’ll see that fact associated with the heat conducting core of the scoop, but that’s not really the culprit. The folks at ...
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Cuisinart frozen yogurt recipes confusing

I read that as 2 cups of Greek yogurt made from whole milk (ie not low- or non-fat yogurt). The comma does make it confusing, however.
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Does 'Non-cold/warm ice-cream' exist?

I would argue for a clear no - it is impossible for such a thing to exist. It is possible to think of dishes that are for some reason "related" to ice cream - but if you serve them to ...
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Is vanilla a flavour or just absence of flavour?

It's a flavor. It's on the subtle side, particularly in the quantities it's often used in, and maybe if you've eaten a ton of vanilla ice cream you don't notice it anymore. (Or maybe you just haven't ...
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Why's my icecream jelly like?

Ice cream depends critically on the fat in the dairy to form the structure and mouth feel. Ice cream mixes there fore are typically fairly high in dairy fat. You have substituted a comparatively ...
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Why is there a 2 step heating process for making custard for ice cream

These steps are done to ensure that the custard in the end is the best it can be. The best custard has a smooth, and creamy consistency. Warming the milk/cream with the sugar will ensure that the ...
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Homemade ice cream texture gritty, sandy?

It sounds very much like you didn't manage to completely dissolve the sugar. It's also possible to get a bad texture from ice crystals in your ice cream, but I don't think you'd describe it as gritty ...
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Why does my soda fizz so much when making an ice cream float?

When carbonated root beer comes into contact with the ice cream, carbon dioxide bubbles are released. Likewise, the soda helps to free air bubbles trapped in the ice cream. The fat in the ice cream ...
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What is the term for "plain" non-flavored ice cream

It's called "sweet cream" ice cream. If you make your own ice cream with something like milk, cream, eggs, and sugar, and you don't put any additional flavoring in it, it's called a "sweet cream base"....
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