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Dear Ice cream Lovers! Now You Can Prepare Your Favorite Ice cream at Home

Here are the 5 different ice cream flavors that you can prepare at home

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Different flavors of Ice cream. Pixabay

July 25, 2017: Have you ever thought about making an ice cream all by yourself? Not really..! But this is no rocket science and with very little efforts you can make ice at your home. Your summer holidays will reach the pace of peace with these simple recipes. Know how to quench your thirst and then, of course, why would anyone spend a penny extra when you can make a relishing dessert all by yourself.

Here are the 5 different ice cream flavors that you can prepare at home

  • Chocolate Ice cream

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Chocolate Icecream. Pixabay

Everyone loves chocolate and it is the die-hard need for masses. It is the most delicious and the most desired amongst the other flavors of ice cream. A hint of chocolate mixed with vanilla makes it even more satisfying. It contains 216 calories which are a good bet for those trying hard to gain weight. And to remind you of a fact, chocolate does really well when it comes to alleviating your mood. Let’s know a few preparation tips on how to make a chocolate ice cream.

Let us know a few preparation tips on how to make a chocolate ice cream.

Things you’ll need – ¾ cup sugar, 1 cup milk, ¼ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoon cocoa powder, 2 cup cream (milkmaid), 3 egg yolk beaten, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Preparation – Pick up a saucepan and stir sugar, milk, salt, cocoa powder. Now bring the saucepan to medium flame heat and keep stirring. After a while, place the eggs into the bowl and keep stirring until the batter is thickened. Now remove the sauce pan and stir the melted chocolate into the bowl. Refrigerate the bowl for about two hours and stir as and when needed. After the chocolate has completely cooled down, add in the ice and vanilla extract and freeze it in an ice cream maker.

Your chocolate ice is ready to be served!!!

  • Coconut Ice cream

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    Coconut Ice cream. Wikimedia

Coconut ice cream is everybody’s personal favorite and the one difficult to resist because of its perfectly sweet and super creamy formula. Coconut enthusiasts find it difficult to get it from nearby stores as it is pretty rare to find. However, with a few simple steps, one can now prepare it at home itself. Things you will need for preparing this delicious sweetener at home.

Things you will need for preparing this delicious sweetener at home:

Here is a list for preparing coconut ice cream: 1 cup milk, 14-ounce coconut cream, ½ cup heavy cream,  1 and ½ cup coconut fiber.

Preparation: Mix milk and coconut cream in a food processor and blend thoroughly. After blending the coconut cream and milk into the mixer blend cream and coconut flakes into the mixer. Pour into the ice cream maker and refrigerate accordingly. It may take 3-4 hours. Once it freezes your delicious ice cream is ready to be served.

Also Read: What’s the Difference between an Ice cream and a Frozen Dessert? Find out Here! 

  • Peanut butter Icecream

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Peanut Butter Ice cream. Wikimedia

Peanut butter comes with buttery tang and a hint of salt. Peanut butter ice cream is a special treat because of its smooth and crunchy texture at the same time.

Things you will for preparing this appetizing treat are: 1 cup peanut butter, ½ cup sugar, 1 pinch salt,  1 and ½ cup vanilla extract, 1 full cup of cream.

Preparation: mix peanut butter, sugar, salt, cream, vanilla extract in a hand blender and blend it nicely. Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and process it for half an hour. The ice cream can then be put into the refrigerator and frozen for or a durable period of time until it hardens. Once ready you can serve it with any chocolate syrup all together to give a rich taste. You can also add crushed peanuts for the topping purpose.

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  • Fresh mint Ice cream

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Mint Ice cream. Pixabay

Mint is the most potent herb and acts as an appetizer and promotes digestion. Mint can also do wonders if you are feeling weary and laggard. Mint also aids stomach related problems. Taking about the ingredients of this recipe, you will need 2 cup milk, 30 fresh mint leaves, sugar, 2 egg yolk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Preparation: Mix milk and mint leaves in a saucepan over medium heat flame. Heat until you see bubbles around the edges. After a while, remove the heat and cover it for 15 minutes to give the solution a flavor of mint. Filter the solution and remove the mint leaves. Take a new bowl and add sugar, salt, and egg yolk. Mix all the ingredients to create a pale yellow mixture. Now add this mixture to milk solution and heat it in medium flame. Pour the mixture into the bowl and add vanilla extract. Wait till it cools down and then place the entire mixture in your ice cream maker until it hardens.

Your mint ice is ready to be served!!!

  • Strawberry Ice cream

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Strawberry Ice cream. Pixabay

How can one forget strawberries while talking about ice creams? It is one of the most talked about flavors in the world. Without speaking much about the well-established taste of strawberries which all of us know let’s read the few tips of preparing an ice cream. You will need to have: 1 pound strawberries, 2 cups heavy cream, 1 cup milk and 2/3 cup sugar.

Preparation: Place the strawberries in a food processor and blend it till it is converted into a puree. Combine sugar, milk, and cream in a saucepan and place it over a medium flame heat. Remove the heat and pour the mixture into a large bowl. Add puree to the mixture and let it cool for some time. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and refrigerate it until it hardens. Serve it with strawberry slices over the top.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94


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SpaceX Capsule by NASA Carries tons of Science Experiments, Ice Cream to the International Space Station

This is the 13th delivery by the Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX, one of two private shippers hired by NASA

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A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket launches from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Aug. 14, 2017. The mission of the spacecraft is a cargo and supply delivery to the International Space Station. VOA
  • SpaceX landed its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral shortly after liftoff, a key to its long-term effort to recycle rockets and reduce costs.
  • Experiments make up most of the 6,400 pounds of cargo, which should reach the orbiting lab Wednesday
  • The space station was zooming 250 miles above the Atlantic, just off Nova Scotia, when the Falcon took flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, August 14, 2017: A SpaceX capsule rocketed to the International Space Station on Monday, carrying tons of scientific research, plus ice cream.

As has become customary on these cargo flights, SpaceX landed its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral shortly after liftoff, a key to its long-term effort to recycle rockets and reduce costs.

“Gorgeous day, spectacular launch,” said Dan Hartman, NASA’s deputy manager of the space station program.

Experiments make up most of the 6,400 pounds of cargo, which should reach the orbiting lab Wednesday. That includes 20 mice that will return alive inside the SpaceX Dragon capsule in about a month.

ALSO READ: To Save Earth, NASA plans to Crash a Refrigerator-Sized Spacecraft

Ice cream aboard

The Dragon is also doubling as an ice cream truck this time.

There was extra freezer space, so NASA packed little cups of vanilla, chocolate and birthday cake ice cream, as well as ice cream candy bars. Those treats should be especially welcomed by U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson, in orbit since November. She’s due back at the beginning of September. Newly arrived U.S. spaceman Randolph Bresnik turns 50 next month.

The space station was zooming 250 miles above the Atlantic, just off Nova Scotia, when the Falcon took flight.

It was the 14th successful booster landing for SpaceX and the sixth on the giant X at the company’s touchdown spot at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, just a few miles from its NASA-leased pad at Kennedy Space Center.

“It’s right on the bull’s-eye, and a very soft touchdown,” said SpaceX’s Hans Koenigsmann.

The experiments

The mice on board are part of a study of visual problems suffered in space by some male astronauts. Scientists will study the pressure in the animals’ eyes, as well as the movement of fluid in their brains. Thirty days for mice in space is comparable to three years for humans, according to Florida State University’s Michael Delp, who’s in charge of the experiment. The study may help explain why female astronauts don’t have this vision problem, which can linger long after spaceflight, he added.

The Dragon also holds an instrument to measure cosmic rays from the space station. This type of device has previously flown on high-altitude balloons. The Army has an imaging micro-satellite on board for release this fall from the station. It’s a technology demo; the military wants to see how small satellites like this, with low-cost, off-the-shelf cameras and telescopes, might support critical ground operations. It’s about the size of a dormitory-room refrigerator.

Also going up on behalf of the Michael J. Fox Foundation: protein crystals that, in space, might shed light on Parkinson’s disease. The mission got a televised plug from Fox, an actor who has the disease.

Three Americans, one more than usual, and an Italian will tackle all this scientific work in orbit. The station also is home to two Russians; that number will go back up to three in a year or so.

SpaceX delivery

This is the 13th delivery by the Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX, one of two private shippers hired by NASA. The other is Orbital ATK; its next supply run is in November from Wallops Island, Virginia.

The SpaceX Dragon is the only supply ship capable of returning items to Earth. It parachutes into the Pacific; the others burn up during re-entry.

This particular Dragon is brand new, as is the Falcon rocket. In June, SpaceX launched its first reused Dragon, and in March, its first reused Falcon. From now on, the company said it may only fly used Dragons.

SpaceX is also developing a crew Dragon for NASA astronauts, set to debut next year. Boeing is working on its own capsule to ferry space station astronauts.

In the meantime, SpaceX is aiming for a November debut of its Falcon Heavy rocket, which will feature three first-stage boosters and 27 engines, versus the single booster and nine engines on the Falcon 9. It will have two-thirds the thrust of NASA’s Saturn V rocket, which was used during the Apollo moon program. All three of the Falcon Heavy’s first-stage boosters are meant to fly back to a touchdown. (VOA)

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What’s the Difference between an Ice cream and a Frozen Dessert? Find out Here!

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Amul's ad had said that people should eat real ice cream made from milk, rather than frozen dessert made from "vanaspati". Pixabay
  • Amul’s ad had said that people should eat real ice cream made from milk, rather than frozen dessert made from “vanaspati”
  • Gujarat-based Havmor claims itself to be the second-largest dairy-based ice cream maker, after Amul
  • Every summer, a battle of sorts resumes between ice-cream and frozen dessert makers

– by Porisma P. Gogoi

July 09, 2017: What’s the difference between an ice cream and a frozen dessert? And does it matter?

Yes, if the battle between giants is any indication.

India’s largest fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) company, Hindustan Unilever, had filed a case against the country’s largest ice-cream maker, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, in the Bombay High Court, successfully obtaining an injunction against an advertisement for Amul ice cream which “disparaged frozen desserts”.

Amul’s ad had said that people should eat real ice cream made from milk, rather than frozen dessert made from “vanaspati”. The court said the ad was “guilty of disparaging a rival product” — Unilever’s Kwality Walls, which is a leader in frozen desserts.

So what’s the difference between the two? An ice-cream is made from milk fats while a frozen dessert is made from vegetable oil fats. Vanaspati is a hydrogenated vegetable oil used in cooking, a cheaper substitute for ghee or butter. But it’s not used in frozen desserts, say manufacturers.

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Every summer, a battle of sorts resumes between ice-cream and frozen dessert makers. Often, consumers are unaware about the difference.

“It becomes very difficult to convince people that we make ice-cream, and not frozen dessert. The approach that we have decided to undertake is to educate the consumers by pointing them to the differentiation which the government of India has made,” Chaitanya Rele, Vice President and Head of Marketing at Havmor Ice Cream, told IANS.

ALSO READ: Desi Coolers! 10 Amazing Indian Summer Drinks worth trying this Season

Gujarat-based Havmor claims itself to be the second-largest dairy-based ice-cream maker, after Amul.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has categorised ice-creams under “dairy based desserts/confections”, further categorised as plain, medium fat and low fat depending on the percentage of total solids, milk fat and milk protein used.

The food regulator defines “frozen dessert/frozen confection” as a product obtained by freezing a pasteurized mix prepared with milk fat and/or edible vegetable oils and fat. The milk fat is used in such dessert for freezing.

According to ice-cream manufacturers, frozen desserts have captured a market share of 40 per cent of the Rs 1,800 crore market with a growth of approximately 10-12 per cent every year.

“We have recently come out with a campaign on print and digital mediums talking only about the goodness of our product — that they are made from rich, creamy milk,” said Randhir Kumar, General Manager, Marketing (Dairy Products) of Mother Dairy.

But are both the products same from the health viewpoint?

Sunita Roy Chowdhury, Chief Dietician at BL Kapoor Hospital, said that frozen desserts have more trans-fat as compared to ice-creams. “Trans fatty acids are not good. I believe trans fatty acids are used in frozen desserts because the normal oil does not freeze. I would suggest ice-creams are better than frozen desserts,” Chowdhury asserted.

Hindustan Unilever contests this. “Frozen deserts do not contain trans fat, since their source of fat is vegetable oil which is trans-fat free,” said HUL in a rejoinder.

Nitin Arora, Chief Executive Officer of Creambell — which markets a combination of ice creams and frozen desserts — said awareness should be raised on the virtues of vegetable oil compared to those of dairy fat.

“The cooking medium in our houses remains vegetable oil or mustard oil. This is the same ingredient that goes into the making of frozen dessert. The fact remains that nobody uses ‘vanaspati’ in frozen dessert,” Arora told IANS.

He said that most of the single serves are ice creams, while for catering and banqueting packs they use frozen desserts. “If we sell a frozen dessert, it is very clearly labelled. We cannot camouflage a frozen dessert as ice-cream or vice versa,” he said.

He said that 10 per cent fat that goes into ice-cream is dairy fat, whereas that 10 per cent going into frozen dessert is vegetable oil fat.

Havmor’s Rele says it’s a question of consumer awareness. “At the end of the day is frozen dessert a bad thing? No, it’s not a bad thing, but there are differences. Importantly, a consumer has a right to know,” he said. (IANS)