On my walk home from class this evening, I stopped by Redifer Commons for a small cup of ice cream….don’t tell anyone. Since I knew I had to write something for this blog I began to consider the science of ice cream.
Apparently there are quite a few legends surrounding the invention of ice cream. According to The Food Timeline food historians credit the Chinese with the discovery. As early as 3000 BC the Chinese enjoyed ancient flavor ices. At the time there was no refrigeration, so people had to make do and create their own cold. The Food Timeline explains that “a natural cave or the cool environment of a well-insulated underground pit or chamber worked as natural refrigerators”.
17th century Italy is said to have invented the type of ice cream we eat today. The Science of Ice Cream says ice cream consists of five basic components: ice crystals, fats, sweeteners, air, and other solids.
The article lists the basic steps necessary to make ice cream and list them as follows:
- Prepare the ice cream base
- Aging/ Maturing
I wonder how many trials it took to get this right. It’s crazy to think the Chinese were freezing ice 3000 years ago, and now we have so many options like Cold Stone and Ben and Jerry’s. It has take quite awhile and a multitude of experiments, but it is my belief Dairy Queen is the one who got it right.