Summer is coming near, and you could certainly feel it in the air. Well, for some places, that is. Still, that doesn’t erase the fact that the hot temperature these days would make you search for a tasty treat. And what better way to do that than to eat ice cream, right?
While it may be more practical to just buy ice cream from the grocery, there’s that sense of fun that you can get when you make one on your own. You can be creative, and inventive in what you use for the ice cream. And just to add a little bit more fun, have you ever tried using liquid nitrogen? It makes for excellent ice cream in minutes. You could even use this as an alternative to that disgusting cryogenics experiment in school.
Now, making the ice cream isn’t really difficult. The ingredients are just the same. The only difference would be in the freezing method. But go ahead and give this a try. Here’s a simple recipe that you might be interested in:
5 or more liters of liquid nitrogen
large plastic or stainless steel punch bowl or salad bowl
4 cups heavy cream (whipping cream)
1-1/2 cups half-and-half
1-3/4 cups sugar
1 quart mashed fresh strawberries or thawed frozen berries
additional half cup of sugar if you are using unsweetened berries
gloves and goggles
1. This recipe makes a half gallon of strawberry ice cream. First, mix the cream, half-and-half, and sugar in the bowl using the wire whisk. Continue mixing until the sugar has dissolved.
2. If you are making vanilla or chocolate ice cream, whisk in vanilla or chocolate syrup now. Add any other liquid flavorings you might want.
3. Put on your gloves and goggles. Pour a small amount of liquid nitrogen directly into the bowl with the ice cream ingredients. Continue to stir the ice cream, while slowly adding more liquid nitrogen. As soon as the cream base starts to thicken, add the mashed strawberries. Stir vigorously.
4. When the ice cream becomes too thick for the whisk, switch to the wooden spoon. As it hardens more, remove the spoon and just pour the remaining liquid nitrogen onto the ice cream to fully harden it.
5. Allow the excess liquid nitrogen to boil off before serving the ice cream.
Just don’t forget that liquid nitrogen needs to be handled properly, so you will need a dewar flask to transport and store it. You could easily purchase liquid nitrogen from welding supply stores, so be sure to have your container ready.