National Ice Cream Month!
National Ice Cream Month!
Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?
While we've already shared with you our unique history with soft serve machines and a list of our most popular and durable machines (Please read "Success Starts with a Bowl of Ice Cream"), we wanted to keep the history lesson going by telling you how July achieved this special honor. We also wanted to share with you a delicious ice cream recipe and the ideal way to display your ice cream products.
July is National Ice Cream Month because on one special day in 1984 one of our nation's most beloved Presidents, Ronald Reagan, decided to celebrate this delicious and nutritious dessert. He recognized that over 90% of Americans enjoy this tasty treat as both a dessert and a snack.
(Image via History, November 9, 2019)
In the early 1980s, around $3.5 billion was spent annually on ice cream sales. The ice cream industry was providing jobs for thousands of individuals and aiding milk and dairy farmers across the country. This boosted the United States’ economy and increased the milk industry “substantially" (Huffington Post, September 15, 2013).
Today, ice cream continues to be an American favorite. We now spend over $39 billion a year on ice cream and the ice cream industry provides more than 188,000 jobs across the States (IDFA). It still delights people of all ages and serves as a “nutritious and wholesome food” (Huffington Post, September 15, 2013
Ice Cream Recipe
While we would never want to undermine the industrial or commercial ice cream industry, we wanted to give you a delicious, homemade-tasting recipe that can be used anywhere. Perfect for serving with desserts or extra toppings and flavorings, vanilla ice cream has a sweet, creamy taste that leaves you feeling satisfied.
Vanilla Ice Cream
- 3 c. half-and-half
- 1/3 c. sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or 2 vanilla bean pods, seeds scraped
- Optional: 1/2 tsp. salt
- Simmer half-and-half and vanilla extract over medium heat for 15 minutes
- Strain half-and-half mixture
- In a separate large bowl, whisk egg yolks, sugar, and salt until noticeably smooth
- Whisk about 1 cup of the hot half-and-half into the egg mixture to temper egg yolks
- Combine egg mixture with the rest of the half-and-half
- Warm mixture over medium-low heat and cook to 170°F - consistently stir to prevent sticking and ensure an even heat
- Upon reaching 170°F, remove the pot from the stove top and strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl
- Use an ice bath to return ice cream base to room temperature, then refrigerate for two hours
- Once the ice cream is chilled, pour mixture into trusted ice cream machine
- Remove ice cream from the machine once it's between soft serve and frozen ice cream
- Place in freezer until firm
This recipe was found on Delish.com. They provide suggestions for how to take this simple-to-make vanilla ice cream recipe to the next level with bourbon, lemon, caramel, pistachio or classic strawberry flavors.
Ice Cream Dipping Cabinets
Durable and attractive, Turbo Air’s TIDC series is an effective way to display your ice cream while keeping it cool. Its bright green or white exterior is sure to catch customer attention, while its brilliantly curved glass front and top provide a full view of products. The interior canopy’s LED lights enhance visibility, aiding customers in seeing the ice cream displayed.
They have an effective refrigeration system. Maintaining temperatures between -10° and 8°F, they use environmentally friendly R-404A refrigerant. They have efficient evaporators and condensers to ensure a faster freezing process. Its Cold Wall System is innovatively designed to eliminate temperature fluctuations from top to bottom. This keeps ice cream frozen evenly throughout, preventing unnecessary melting and maintaining an easy-to-scoop product.
As we begin the month of July, don’t forget to celebrate, and to help your customers celebrate, this National Food Holiday with “appropriate ceremonies and activities" (Huffington Post, September 15, 2013).
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