Archive for June, 2011
Or do we? In the “olden days” there really wasn’t anything else to choose from. Oh, there was sherbet (no it’s not sherbert), but that wasn’t really considered “cool.”
Today there are a number of frozen summer treats to choose from.
- Ice Cream – the old standby. There’s egg based, custard or French style, and Philadelphia-style without eggs. Ice cream has to contain at least 10% milkfat.
- Popsicle – not really ice cream, but a summer favorite. Any type of frozen flavored water is considered a popsicle.
- Sherbet – Contains some dairy, but only 1-2%, no more or less.
- Soft-serve – Continuously churned so it doesn’t harden and contains less milkfat than ice cream.
- Frozen Yogurt – Just like it sounds frozen yogurt. Usually a soft serve variety.
- Now on to the more eclectic treats:
- Sorbet – Still pretty well known. Typically fruit flavored with no dairy. Sometimes herb or vegetable flavors during a main course.
- Gelato – Another that has become well know recently. From Italy, it is made with milk, minus the cream. It has less fat than ice cream because of this. Slow churned so it is dense with a rich, more concentrated taste.
- Shaved Ice – Differs from snow cone in that the ice is very fine, snow-like texture. Flavored with a syrup.
- Paleta – Coming from Mexico these are fancy popsicles. Made with either water and fruit or cream and fruit. They often have chunks of fruit in them, as well.
- Granita – Sounds like an alcoholic beverage, which can be part of it. It is made with water, sugar and either fruit juice, alcohol, espresso or some beverage. They go through a slushing process, then stirring, which creates a crystalline texture.
- Concrete – I thought this was what you walked on! It is a milk shake made with frozen custard. There is no milk added to it to thin it out and can contain extras like candy pieces. It is so thick when finished that it can be handed to customers upside down and won’t spill, thus the name.
So, what will you be enjoying this Fourth of July? Traditional ice cream or one of the new hybrids?
I was recently gifted a beautiful pair of Gingher sewing scissors. Ever since I started living on my own I had used a pair of Fiscars, thinking that they were really fine scissors. However, when I put these new puppies to fabric they cut through it like butter and left a razor sharp, clean edge. I was shocked.
My mother had Gingher scissors and I had used them while I was growing up, but when I got on my own I didn’t have the money for Gingher, so I picked what I thought was the up and coming Gingher – Fiscar. Well, obviously I was wrong.
So often in life we shortchange ourselves and end up making life harder. We tell ourselves that Henkel knives are not really all that great. Or we can do with the $25 Black and Decker, rather than the $150 Cuisinart appliance. In doing so we make our cooking experience less enjoyable, less efficient, and sometimes less safe. In some areas of our life we can afford to economize, but if cooking’s really a passion for you, spend that little bit extra to get really top-notch equipment. You’ll never regret it.