Dry ice has a plethora of applications, from transportation to special effects; but possibly the most fun way to use dry ice is making ice cream. Dry ice can make home ice cream making a breeze; read on to find out how.
Why Dry Ice?
Ask anyone who makes homemade ice cream and they will tell you that it is a very laborious and delicate process. All of your ingredients need to be perfectly balanced and added in a specific order but the real hard part is giving your ice cream its smooth, homogeneous texture. In order to achieve this, the ice crystals need to be extremely small or the ice cream will come out rough or even crunchy. The way to do this is to constantly stir the ice cream while keeping it at a very low temperature so that it will freeze quickly. This does not pose an issue at large ice cream factories which are designed to produce this perfect texture but is significantly more challenging for the amateur icecreamer. By steadily adding dry ice to an ice cream mix however, it will freeze very quickly while being stirred and, with a little practice, come out a perfect consistency.
How To Make Dry Ice Cream
Before working with dry ice, make sure that you understand how to use it safely. Firstly, you need to use about 3 times as much dry ice as ice cream base due to the fact that dry ice is liable to sublimate while you are working with it. Begin by grinding the dry ice into a fine powder, either with a mallet or a blender. Then begin churning the ice cream base while adding dry ice by the spoonful until the mixture takes on the texture that you desire. As soon as the ice cream is as thick as you want it, stop adding dry ice and move the mixture to the freezer. Make sure no chunks of dry ice remain un-sublimated and check that the ice cream is at an acceptable temperature before eating.
Dry Ice Corp: A Dry Ice Supplier in Maryland
Dry Ice Corp is the largest regional supplier of dry ice products and customized delivery services in the Northeastern United States, from Virginia all the way up to Maine. And because our dry ice is supplied by manufacturing plants located right here in the Northeast, we can guarantee freshness. Other suppliers, meanwhile, get their dry ice from manufacturing plants as much as 1,000 miles away, which has a direct impact on product freshness. Ready to get your dry ice? Click here!
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