With the hot days of summer just around the corner, how's one to get the best out of each carton of ice cream? According to Gottlieb:
- GET WET.To get the best scoop, “Wet the ice cream scooper with room temperature water. This keeps the ice cream from sticking to the scooper and allows for a nice smooth, gliding scoop.”
- LEFTIES AND RIGHTIES SHOULD SCOOP DIFFERENTLY.“Right-handers should scoop clockwise from the edge of the container. Left-handers should scoop counter-clockwise from the edge of the container.
- START AT THE EDGE.“Ice cream softens from the outside to the inside, so the best place to start scooping is from the edges.” However, “always...avoid having the melted ice cream on the outside fall onto the still frozen ice cream in the middle.”
- CHUNKY FLAVORS ARE HARDER TO SCOOP. “Any ice cream that has chunks will stay frozen longer and is more difficult to scoop.”
- GELATO HAS ITS OWN RULES.Although the terms “ice cream” and “gelato” are sometimes used interchangeably, they’re not the same thing. And as such, “gelato has a different scooping path,” says Gottlieb. “We recommend scooping in a straight line (not circular motion).”
- FLIP YOUR PINT TO KEEP IT FRESH. “Though there’s not a whole lot that can be done to save a pint of ice cream after the ice crystals form, it is easy to tackle the problem before it starts. The easiest way to avoid this is by not letting the ice cream melt in the first place, as freezer burn occurs when melted ice cream refreezes and oxygen gets into the pint. So, basically what we are saying is that you should just finish off your pint of ice cream in one sitting (no shame).” The next best option is “flipping the pint over in the freezer, that way the melted ice cream will drip onto the lid and refreezing can be avoided.”
- SHOOT FOR EIGHT BELOW. “The ideal temperature to store ice cream is –8 degrees.”
- IGNORE THE DOOR.Store “ice cream at the back of the freezer. Because temperature varies so wildly, the back of the freezer is the ideal spot for your sweet treat.”
So, there it is--how to get the best out of each carton of ice cream during the hot days of summer--straight from an expert.
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