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When you want ice cream the last thing you want to have to do is wait for it to soften before you can scoop it up and eat it.
Well, now, People Say If You Put A Common Kitchen Ingredient In Your Ice Cream, It’ll Soften It.
What is this common ingredient you ask?
It is booze!
Yes, let’s get ready for some boozy ice cream!
Okay, if you are thinking that you don’t want boozy ice cream, don’t worry.
All it takes is a teaspoon of alcohol/booze per quart of ice cream and it’ll help soften your ice cream!
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“Adding alcohol to your ice cream is a great way to make it softer and easier to scoop. It’s true: Alcohol has a super-low freezing point, so adding a small splash to frozen treats will help avoid the dreaded frozen-solid, icy-all-over texture that tends to happen to homemade desserts. It’s the same reason your bottle of vodka never solidifies in the freezer.Kris Hoogerhyde, a Partner and Pastry Chef at Bi-Rite Creamery (Source)
She also mentions that you don’t want to overdo it because if you add too much, you’ll never have freezable ice cream again.
You can use a neutral-flavored liquor like vodka, or you can pair the alcohol to the flavor of the ice cream you’re making.
For example, you could add a bit of bourbon or whiskey in your vanilla ice cream to give it that extra little bit of goodness!
I am excited to give this a try the next time I find myself trying to heat up a spot under hot water just to get a small scoop of ice cream out.
So, is this is hack you are going to give a shot? Ha – see what I did there?