What is Better than Homemade Ice Cream?

What is better than homemade ice cream made with eggs, sugar, and love?  Making this luscious treat is a family tradition for many.  Now that warm weather is here it’s the perfect time to make ice cream!

Eggs are an important ingredient for delicious ice cream.  But, it’s critical to follow these tips so everyone can enjoy ice cream that is safe to eat.  Eggs add flavor and color, prevent ice crystallization and create a smooth and creamy texture. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides some guidelines for safely cooking and handling the egg base to ensure the safety of your homemade frozen treats.

The FDA recommends starting with a cooked egg base following these steps:

  1. Combine eggs and milk as indicated in the recipe (other ingredients, such as sugar, may be added at this step.)
  2. Cook the mixture to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F, stirring constantly. Cooking will destroy any bacteria if present. Use a food thermometer to check the temperature or cook until the mixture will firmly coat a metal spoon.
  3. After cooking, chill the mixture before adding other ingredients and freezing.

If your recipe calls for uncooked eggs,  substitute pasteurized eggs or egg products to avoid foodborne illness.

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