Articles by Steve Young

Do more with less: consolidate your ice cream mixes

Here’s what you need to know about consolidating mixes.

If one ice cream mix can play multiple ‘roles,’ then you can be more flexible, cost-efficient and competitive.


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Creating frozen desserts with nondairy milks

Formulating with plant-based milks is not as straight forward as simply substituting dairy milk with an alternative. Here’s what you need to consider.

The principles for producing nondairy frozen desserts from vegetable “milks” are the same as for conventional ice cream. However, the challenges are uniquely different. (In this article “milk” will refer to plant-based milks.)


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Working with cocoa in ice cream

To formulate a quality product, you must understand the properties and attributes of cocoa and chocolate. Then you can achieve the desired flavor, body, texture and color.

 Chocolate is second only to vanilla as the most popular ice cream flavor in the United States. Therefore, it is a major component of the product portfolios of most ice cream companies, representing on average of 8% to 10% of the volume of a typical portfolio.  


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High-protein ice cream is difficult to make (but not impossible)

Greek-style has become short-hand for “double the protein.” Frozen dairy desserts typically are made with flavor in mind. A good-tasting, high-protein dessert is difficult (but not impossible) to develop.


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Stabilizers play an important role in ice cream

Stabilizers limit the mobility of water in the unfrozen aqueous portion and control the growth of ice crystals.
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11 New and Novel ideas in Frozen Desserts

Do you formulate with whole algalin flour or use the water control index to evaluate the potential for ice crystal formation? These are two new ingredients and tools to use in formulating and manufacturing ice cream and frozen desserts.
The history of frozen desserts is marked by many significant scientific and technical innovations and advancements that make the products we produce more appealing, more convenient, nutritionally more efficacious and less costly.
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Formulating low-calorie ice cream

There is more than one route to reducing calories in frozen desserts. The choice of dairy ingredients, sweeteners and processing techniques all play a role.
For years, processors have reduced the fat and total sugars in a wide variety of frozen dessert formats with varying degrees of technical, nutritional, sensory and economic success.
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7 key steps in making great Greek-style frozen yogurt

Handle with care. A properly formulated mix has the right mouth feel, tastes great and delivers the nutrient content consumers seek.
Greek-style frozen yogurt is a product that emulates the properties associated with the success of cultured Greek yogurt. Those properties involve primarily protein and acidity (tartness) levels higher than those of conventional yogurt.
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Formulating ice cream with prebiotics, probiotics

Processors can introduce these healthy bacteria into frozen desserts by using syrups, sauces and inclusions.
In our February column we discussed the importance of digestive health as the basis of all good nutrition and the role ice cream products could play in terms of providing probiotic (consumption of “live and active beneficial” bacteria) and/or probiotic friendly (that is, prebiotic) mix ingredients. We reviewed delivery of probiotics via active culturing and/or cold inoculation.
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Dealing With the Wild Swings of Stabilizer Prices

Now is a good time to take a new look at low-viscosity polysaccharides such as gum acacia to stabilize ice cream.
Virtually all frozen desserts have a need for stabilization. Stabilizers extend the shelf life of products subjected to heat shock during distribution, sale and home storage. This functionality is related to the limitation of water mobility, which, unchecked, can negatively affect the growth of ice and other crystals in the product.
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 At its Natrel Division plant in St. Paul, Minn, Agropur makes rBST-free white and flavored milk, heavy whipping cream, half n half, buttermilk, organic milk, nutritional drinks and shakes and sport drinks. Nondairy beverages (soy, rice, coconut, and almond) coffee creamers, broth and sauces. 

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Harness Your Product Inspection Program to Save Money, Ensure Quality and Drive Efficiencies

Consolidation in the dairy industry is raising the bar on innovation and driving efficiencies to ensure competitiveness. One area often overlooked is the role that the right product inspection program can play in supporting the organization’s overall business goals and protecting brand reputation. Drawing on best practices in metal detection, X-ray inspection and checkweighing, this session will cover criteria to help determine the right technologies to employ for a given product and packaging type for high-value, perishable dairy products.

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