A Guide to Making Fine Frozen Desserts

A Guide to Making Fine Frozen Desserts – Rod Oringer

In this manual you will find general information for making high quality frozen desserts. The recipes are standard guidelines for making Hard Ice Cream, Frozen Custard, Gelato, Italian & Water Ices Sherbets and Sorbets.

This guide is provided to you by I.Rice and Company.


The freezing of ice cream is accomplished in one of two freezers, a batch freezer, which makes a single batch of ice cream at a time, or a continuous freezer, which freezes continuously.

When using a continuous freezer, liquid flavors are added to the mix tank prior to freezing. Variegates, fruits and nuts are added after the freezing by a mechanical fruit feeder.

In the batch freezer the flavorings are added directly to the ice cream machine. Variegates, and some particulates are added by hand. The freezing process takes place as the blades in the freezer whip and aerate the product. For our purposes we will focus more specifically on the batch freezer operation.

The filling of bulk cans, quart and pint packages, sundae cups, and novelties are the next step of an ice cream operation. The ice cream is then placed in the Flash Freezer or Hardening Room where sub-zero temperatures complete the process by rapidly freezing the product. The ice cream is then tempered for dispensing.

Stera-Sheen from Purdy Products


Shut the gate and pour three gallons of sterilizing solution into the cylinder. Turn on the machine for five (5) minutes. Agitate several times during that period then thoroughly drain. Do not rinse the machine with tap water after sterilization.

Ice cream cans should be rinsed with warm water and then scrubbed with a brush. Submerge them in water for five (5) minutes using the same kind of sterilizing solution that you use for the machine itself. Rinse and invert cans on a rack to drain and air-dry.

Not surprisingly many ice cream makers today use cardboard cartons.


Prepare the proper number of cans or cartons you intend to draw. The table below indicates the number of cartons you will need per batch (based on 20 quarts) for the various weights of finished ice cream.


Note: Containers should be cold. Warm containers may result in icy finished product. Use all sanitary measures around the ice cream freezer.
  1. Make sure that the drive assembly is assembled correctly and the seals are in place. Close the door and the gate. Sanitize as instructed.
  2. Be sure the Flash Freezer or Hardening Cabinet is minus 15 degrees F or lower before you start to freeze ice cream.
  3. The walk-in cooler should be 30-35 degrees Fahrenheit. Ice cream mix should be used at 35-40 degrees Fahrenheit. If the mix is warmer than 40 degrees F but less than 45 degrees F it should be used immediately. Sample the mix first if it reaches this temperature, if the flavor is uncharacteristic or the color appears off throw the mix away.
    A) Standard ice cream mix will last approximately 10-12 days properly refrigerated.
    B) UHT mix will last up to 45 days under the same conditions.
  4. Turn the machine on. Pour in 2.5 gallons of ice cream mix. Next turn on the refrigeration unit (some machines may have only one switch).
  5. Add the required amount of flavoring ingredients a few minutes after the ice cream begins to freeze. The total volume of mix, flavor and color should be about half the total capacity of the freezing cylinder.
    A) Acid fruits will coagulate the milk in the mix if they are added before the ice crystals start to form.
    B) Nuts, candy and cookies will be less likely to dissolve if added late and fruits will remain in larger pieces. Therefore, such materials should be added as late as possible and still give time enough to have them uniformly distribute.
    C) To avoid soggy particulates in the finished ice cream use frozen nuts, candies and cookie.
    D) When adding these ingredients shut the machine off temporarily to incorporate them.
  6. Freeze the mix to a temperature of approximately 23 degrees F for Vanilla, a little colder for Chocolate and other flavors. At this temperature the ice cream will have the consistency of thick gravy and will stand up in a cup. When returned to the freezer it will not pour but will fall out. The temperature at which the refrigeration is turned off is very important. Under freezing will result in coarse, syrupy ice cream and over freezing will limit the amount of overrun and cause separation of the fat from the mix.
  7. Turn the refrigeration off but allow the blades to continue to operate while pulling the finished product. This continual whipping will increase the overrun. (Overrun is the percentage of air incorporated into the ice cream via agitation of the blades. It is equal to the weight of mix minus the weight of ice cream divided by the weight of the ice cream).
  8. When the desired overrun is obtained and the ice cream is stiff enough to hold its shape, draw off the ice cream as quickly as possible and cover with parchment paper. Place the ice cream in the flash freezer immediately with enough room between the cans to allow plenty of airflow. (The flash freezer drops the temperature rapidly to minus 15-20 degrees F. This process helps to eliminate ice crystals). Partially filled cans should also be placed in the flash freezer and not left waiting for the next batch.

The following scale can be used to determine the weight of a pint of ice cream based on the weight of standard ice cream mix being 18 ounces to the pint.

Net Weight OverrunDivision - 1 PintMix FactorFinished Weight
100%182.09.0 oz.
90%181.99.47 oz.
80%181.810.0 oz.
70%181.710.59 oz.
60%181.611.25 oz.
50%181.512.0 oz.

A batch freezer operator can use an overrun scale to estimate the amount of air being incorporated into the ice cream mix.

Fill the container with finished ice cream then read the % overrun directly from the scale.

Stera-Sheen from Purdy Products



Allow the freezer cylinder to warm up. Pour in three gallons of warm water. Turn on the agitator twice at 30-second intervals and draw off the remaining mix. Next, pour in three gallons of pre-mixed cleaning solution; turn on the agitator twice at 30-second intervals and drain.

All removable parts must be scrubbed with hot cleaning solution. This includes the following parts: blades, freezer door, seal and drive assembly. (The seal and drive assembly consists of three parts; drive shaft, rubber seal and retainer). Most of the parts are made of a soft dairy metal and extreme care should be exercised to avoid damage.

Cleaning solutions are available from most food and paper distributors or equipment suppliers. Dissolve the specified amount of powder in hot water (about 150 degrees F).


After all the parts have been cleaned, submerge them in a sterilizing solution for five minutes, drain and lay out to air dry. (Handle parts only when necessary after cleaning or to reassemble).

Sterilizing Solutions should be available from the same sources as cleaning solutions. Make the solution with lukewarm water. Extremely hot water will cause the chlorine in the solution to evaporate.


1.) Ice cream drawn from the freezer at one degree higher than 23 degrees F will increase the hardening time by about 10-15 percent.

2.) Doubling the size of the package increases the hardening time by 50 percent. If a 2.5-gallon package requires 2 hours to freeze then 5-gallon packages would require about 18 hours to freeze.

3.) Ice cream without added sugar, fruits, etc. will harden in 8 to 10 hours. Twelve hours freeze time however would be more efficient. Before removing ice cream or sherbets from the flash freezer test hardness by pressing down on top of the paper with your thumb. If the ice cream is hard enough it will feel solid.

4.) When the percentage of overrun decreases the hardening time will increase.

TEMPERING ICE CREAM: at 4-8 degrees F

After your ice cream has been hardened, place it in a Tempering Freezer at least 12 hours before you intend to use it. Ice cream keeps well under proper conditions and by rotating your stock a constantly fresh inventory can be insured.


Maintaining ice cream at the proper temperature is probably the single most important point to remember. The perfect dipping temperature is 6-8 degrees Fahrenheit. At lower temperatures the ice cream will be hard and difficult to work with. Warmer ice cream will be coarse and become syrupy. The warmer ice cream is also likely to reduce the yield per container.

Reading the operating instructions that come with the dipping cabinets can save you time and money. When you change the control settings on the cabinets it will take approximately 24 hours before the temperature of your product changes.


Storing mix under proper refrigeration is extremely important in maintaining its quality. Problems with high bacteria counts and flavor defects can be avoided if the mix is handled properly.

Ice cream mix is not sterile. Although the mix will have normally low bacteria count when it is delivered (the standard plate count should be less than 3,000 per gram of mix with a zero coliform count) not all bacteria are destroyed by pasteurization. The surviving bacteria can grow in cold mix but grow much slower than at optimum growth temperature of 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Storage of ice cream mix at low temperatures (40 degrees F or below) is the only practical way of controlling the multiplication of bacteria. Therefore the prompt refrigeration of ice cream mix is essential in reducing spoilage. Other types of bacteria may be present if the mix cans are not cleaned or sanitized properly.


The use of fresh or frozen fruit in ice cream is certainly cost efficient, however, it will not necessarily make the best ice cream. Fresh or frozen fruit will be extremely hard in the finished ice cream and will leave considerable crystallization surrounding the fruit.

Processed, stabilized fruit on the other hand will make an excellent finished product almost every time. Processed, stabilized fruit is cooked with sugar and stabilizer. When the product is cooked excess water is driven off. The resulting product will be softer in the frozen ice cream and will leave very little crystallization.

If you still desire to use fresh or frozen fruit, use it at a 50% ratio with processed, stabilized fruit. Prepare this a minimum of 12 hours in advance to allow the sugar and stabilizers to combine with the fresh or frozen fruit. If you must use fresh or frozen fruit by itself, prepare it with simple syrup, enough to cover the fruit.


Draw off 1/3 of a can of ice cream. Pour or spoon the variegates (fruits, nuts, candy, etc.) over each section being liberal enough to achieve adequate distribution. Using a spatula, blend the variegate with 8-10 downward sweeping movements. Follow this routine two more times. The top should then be covered lightly with variegate.

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A half-ounce of citric acid solution to all your fruit products will draw out the natural fruit flavor and increase the quality of your finished product.

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2 Responses to “A Guide to Making Fine Frozen Desserts”

  1. tony September 4, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

    do you have a disclaimer for the equipment that processes peanuts?

    • Dippin' Flavors September 17, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

      Hi Tony!

      Great question! This guide was created by Rod Oringer of I.Rice and Company with Emery Thompson as a part of an instructional course. He asked that we post his article here. It is a good idea to post a disclaimer that your product may come in contact with nuts if you are using the same machine. It is also a good idea to thoroughly clean and sanitize your machine between each use with Stera Sheen Cleaner and Sanitizer (you can find that in our online store).

      Keep on scooping!

      -Ryan Klaas – Dippin’ Flavors

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