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08/02/2005: More about Ice Cream...

I posted about "National Ice Cream Day" [July 16th]- Another FAB Faux Holiday.

Well, an Ice Cream Sandwich sounds pretty good, Len. But ya can't beat Homemade Ice Cream in this piece from "American Profile" and a little Ice Cream History too:

"....In George Washington’s day, ice cream was made by what was called the “still pot” method. Milk, cream and sugar were put in a pewter bowl, and the bowl was set in a larger pot that was surrounded by ice and salt. It was stirred occasionally and took about four hours to harden. In the 18th century, ice and sugar were scarce and expensive.

“So ice cream was a food that was not enjoyed too often by too many,” says Ed Marks, an ice cream historian in Lititz, Pa. (pop. 9,029).

In 1843, Nancy Johnson invented and patented the first hand-cranked ice cream freezer. The machine reduced freezing time significantly, from several hours to about 20 minutes.

“Suddenly, there was all kinds of (hand-cranked) freezer competition and a proliferation of stores selling ice cream,” Marks says. “But basically, it was a retail business. You made it there and sold it there.”

The process of making ice cream has changed greatly since the days of the hand-cranked freezer. Nowadays, a small ice cream shop can mix up 40-quart batches, while commercial manufacturers use a “continuous-freezer process” that can make several thousand gallons of ice cream a day with one freezer.

Significant Dates in Ice Cream History

1843—Nancy Johnson invents and patents the hand-cranked ice cream freezer.

1851—Jacob Fussell of Baltimore opens the world’s first wholesale ice cream factory.

1878—William Clewell of Reading, Pa., invents the first ice cream dipper. Before that ice cream was not dipped or scooped, but spooned.

1892—Chester Platt, owner of Platt & Colt’s Pharmacy in Ithaca, N.Y., pours cherry syrup over vanilla ice cream for a customer, who names the creation a Cherry Sunday, for the day on which it was served.

1896—New York City street vendor Italo Marchiony creates the ice cream cone and has it patented.

1904—Pharmacist David Strickler creates the first banana split in Latrobe, Pa.

1905—Walkers Ice Cream in Warren, Pa., discovers how to use an ammonia brine to operate its freezer, eliminating the need for ice.

1919—Prohibition arrives and beer makers become ice cream makers. Their advertising dollars promote American interest in ice cream."

And there is also a recipe for making Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream!! Yummy. :-)

[Tho' I suggest an Electric powered Ice Cream Maker, unless ya have Lots of Hands to turn that Crank.]

Karen on 08.02.05 @ 06:54 AM CST

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