How Ice Cream Affects the Environment

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How Ice Cream Affects the Environment

There aren’t usually many thoughts going through one’s head when eating ice cream except for “mmmm….delicious.” Probably the last thought on anyone’s mind is how ice cream affects the environment and what resources go into creating the delicious ice cream you taste at FYI Delray. But, just like all food, ice cream has an impact on the flora and fauna found all across the world. That’s why it’s incredibly important to get homemade, custom, high-quality ice cream like all of the gelato, sorbet and ice cream offerings available at Delray Beach’s finest, FYI.

An obvious way that ice cream affects the environment is by affecting cows, who clearly have a big role in the production of ice cream via their milk offering. 10 percent of all milk produced by United States dairy farmers makes ice cream. 10 percent to one food! But it is the best food of all time, so we get it. Anyways, that entails 23 million gallons of milk that will one day make 872 million gallons of ice cream. 872 million gallons! That’s a lot of ice cream. But it’s also not too surprising, given the fact that an average American eats 22 pints of ice cream every year. But that is not where the environmental regards end. Additionally, ice cream affects tropical rain forests and the vast biodiversity of plants and animals that thrive and survive in them. This is because a widely used ingredient in ice cream- a widely used ingredient in almost anything, actually- is palm oil. Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is used in a variety of foods and substances. It is derived from the fruit of the oil palms, such as African oil palms and American oil palms. Famous types of oil palms include: oil palms Elaeis guineensis and Elaeis oleifera and the maripa palm Attalea maripa. 85 percent of the world’s palm oil expenditure is derived from Indonesia and Malaysia. In earlier days, the excavation of palm oil had a negative effect on the ecosystems in these countries. However, world food leaders hosted the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2004 to discuss more proper palm oil production techniques and guidelines. Since then, things have widely been more under control. However, you still want to make sure that you are getting your ice cream and other palm oil products from a place that supports sustainability and the environment as a whole. FYI Delray is committed to providing custom, homemade ice cream, natural ice cream that you can love and feel good about supporting! So after all this environmental ice cream talk, go pick out some amazing ice cream at FYI Delray today!

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How Ice Cream is Made

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How Ice Cream is Made

Have you ever wondered how your favorite frozen dairy treat is made? Forget baseball, ice cream is America’s pastime. But making it is not quite as easy and fun as sampling it is. Ice cream is somewhat laborious, especially when it manufacturing it in larger quantities, such as in is done when it’s made in factories.

At its core, ice cream is a combination of cream/milk, sugar and sometimes eggs, that’s frozen while at the same time being churned. This creates the smooth, frozen consistency that is desirable. However, in commercial ice cream production, another element is added. Stabilizer, such as plant gums, are typically inserted and the mixture is both pasteurized and homogenized (at least in America, as pasteurization is a guideline ice-cream makers must follow, according to the FDA).

Pasteurization and homogenization are not simple processes. First, basic ingredients are agitated and blended in a tank specific for mixing. The mixture is pumped into a pasteurizer machine, which will heat the substance and the substance will be held at a predetermined temperature. The hot mixture then gets pushed through a homogenizer machine where pressure is added. On average, the pressure entails around 2000 pounds per square inch. This breaks down the milkfat, making it into smaller particles, allowing the substance to obtain its classic creamy texture. Next, the mixture is cooled to about 40 degrees fahrenheit and the continuous freezer method will ensure it is frozen. The continuous freezer method, also called the batch freezer method, uses a regular flow of mix that will freeze a certain amount of ice cream one batch at a time.

During the freezing process, air is added to the mixture via “dashers,” which are revolving blades in the freezer. To prevent ice cream from becoming one hard mass, the small air cells are introduced and their whipping action keeps the ice cream smooth, creamy and not completely solid. An ice cream term relevant to this point of the process is called “overrun,” which is the amount of aeration. It is limited by a federal rule that requires the completely finished substance weight less than 4.5 pounds per gallon.

At this point, other flavorings can be added to the mixture- this could be vanilla to fruit to candy to chocolate- the options are really never-ending. The toppings can be shot or dropped into the ice cream that is semi-solid at this step.

Finally, after the flavorings have been added, the now-ready ice cream can be packed up in a smorgasbord of molds, cups or containers. Then, the ice cream will be moved to a “hardening room,” the last step in the process, in which sub-zero temperatures get the product solid and frozen, ready for its final state- distribution and storage.

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Most Notable Ice Cream Moments Ever

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Most Notable Ice Cream Moments Ever

Everyone seems to love ice cream and that popularity absolutely translates into huge pop culture moments. Here, FYI Delray lists the most notable moments for ice cream fandom ever.

 

Ice Cream’s Major Role in Home Alone

In both Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, the main character, Kevin McAllister, celebrates his newfound freedom and lack of adult supervision by making a massive ice cream sundae. Whether it’s in the comfort of his own home or at the plush Plaza Hotel, Kevin sure knows how to celebrate. If you’re looking for the same kind of reckless abandon Kevin displays while chowing down on his frozen creation, stop by FYI Delray for our delicious ice cream and bounty of toppings.

 

“Lieutenant Dan, Ice Cream!”

One of the sweetest moments in a notoriously sweet movie (Forrest Gump) is when Forrest calls out “Lieutenant Dan, Ice Cream!” to his friend who has just lost his legs in the Vietnam War. Lieutenant Dan isn’t interested in the ice cream, instead dumping it in the bedpan next to him. However, here at FYI Delray, we’re under the impression that Lieutenant Dan would’ve felt a lot better/happier after eating the ice cream.

 

Ice Cream, Interrupted

One of the most interesting (and inexplicable) scenes in the artsy 1999 film, Girl Interrupted is when main characters Lisa (Angelina Jolie) and Susanna (Winona Ryder) go to a diner and Lisa orders an ice cream sundae with hot fudge, cherries, rainbow sprinkles and whipped cream. When she’s asked if she wants nuts on her sundae, the two girls break out in laughter at the double entendre of the word.

 

Milkshakes Bring Who, Where?

The 2003 single Milkshake performed by Kelis features the unforgettable line “my milkshakes bring the boys to the yard.” And while Kelis is definitely not talking about real milkshakes, the song has gained an undeniable popularity and place in pop culture history, showing up in such movies as Mean Girls.  

 

Katy Perry’s Frozen Sex Appeal

Katy Perry’s summer smash hit California Gurls (featuring rap legend Snoop Dogg) spawned a massive following for Katy prompting a huge tour to showcase the entire Teenage Dream Album. The tour’s aesthetic was a candy wonderland, featuring gumdrops, lollipops and our favorite, ice cream. Come to think of it, we’ve never seen someone make ice cream so hot!

 

It’s a Wonderful Ice Cream Sundae

Important topics are discussed in the legendary ice cream counter scene in It’s a Wonderful Life. The scene features a young George Bailey and his future wife, in which George admits the fact that he’d like a few wives and Mary tells him she’ll love him til the day she dies. Pretty hefty ice cream talk, but the frozen treat does seem to bring out the sweetness in all of us.

 

A Milkshake Worth the Money

In legendary director Quentin Tarantino’s famous indie film Pulp Fiction, main character Mia (Uma Thurman) orders a five dollar milkshake and at first hit-man Vincent (John Travolta) is taken aback at the hefty price, but later laments that it is delicious.

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