What is Artisan ice cream?
Quite simply, artisan ice cream is ice cream made by an artisan, which the
dictionary defines as being a ‘skilled craftsperson’. Delving a bit deeper in to the
dictionary tells us that a crafts-person is someone who makes things skilfully by
Artisan makers certainly do take a very ‘hands on’ approach using all the skills
that many have learnt from many, many years making ice cream with recipes
and techniques often handed down from one generation to the next.
Artisan producers make smaller batches of ice cream that will be sold and eaten
in as short a time as possible as ‘fresh’ ice cream is the best around.
They also use processes and machinery that need the ‘human touch’ be it in
choosing and mixing the ingredients or keeping a close eye on the freezing to
make sure the ice cream is of the smoothest, highest quality possible.
How is Artisan ice cream made?
As well as the experience and skill of the artisan maker, great ice cream begins
with quality ingredients.
The first step is mixing the ingredients to the artisan makers own recipe before
The next step is to churn the mix in a ‘Batch Freezer’ ice cream machine to blend
in some air. It may seem strange that ice cream has air in it but if it didn’t it
would come out of the freezer like an ice cube and not like ice cream at all. The
amount of air varies from recipe to recipe but it is always added to produce the
During the churning process the temperature of the mix is lowered to between -
2°C and -7°C and it is also at this stage that the artisan maker may add pieces of
fruit, toffee, cookie or nuts etc to complete the recipe.
When the process is complete the ice cream is put into a container and then put
in a freezer where the ice cream is ‘hardened’ at a temperatures of approx -22°C.
Extract from the Ice Cream Alliance- with thanks
Artisan ice cream is available from Rossi Ice Cream in 10Ltr tubs
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