Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Vegan ice cream, for the 'Greater' good. Recipe 45

Ice cream..   an american past-time.   I'm sure it's all international too.. but when you think of ice cream, you think of summer days (I think of winter though - for some reason, freak me craves ice cream in winter).. however 'ice cream' in the form you're thinking, isn't something I partake of anymore.   Yet, there is one flavor that will always be near and dear to my heart.   Cincinnati's own, Greater's Black Raspberry Chip ice cream is my very favorite, and yes - I miss it.  So, what's a girl to do?


So, let's look at some history first (cuz you know I gotta do that)
Let's see:

First there are the 'Greater's'

In the mid 1800s, the Graeter family emigrated from
Bavaria eventually settling in Cincinnati, Ohio. While just a teenager, Louis Charles Graeter began making ice cream in a market at the base of Sycamore Hill. In the age before mechanized freezers, ice cream was a rare treat, and had to be made in very small batches using rock salt and ice to freeze the cream.
After years of youthful adventures, Charlie finally settled down, marrying Regina Berger, the daughter of a prominent local businessman. With his new wife, Charlie took the city’s Main Street incline line up the hillside to 967 East McMillan Street in Walnut Hills where they made ice cream and chocolate confections in the back room, sold them out front and lived upstairs. The Graeter family enjoyed many years of success until Charlie’s life was cut short by a tragic streetcar accident in 1919.  But where Charlie’s colorful story ends, Regina’s remarkable one begins.
Regina, a woman of strong faith, buried her husband, and then went to work.
Within a couple of years, she opened the company’s first satellite store and
all through the Roaring 20’s, the Great Depression, and World War II Regina
continued to grow the business. Called “boss” by all of the employees
(including her sons!), she expanded the business into a network of stores
that spanned Cincinnati. She continued to live above the McMillan street
retail store until her death in 1955. Louis Charles Graeter may have
founded the business, but Regina made it blossom. Undoubtedly, without her,
there would be no Graeter’s Ice Cream today.

Then there's the 'process'
Greaters secret recipe of fresh cream and egg custard is
gently swirled along the chilled sides of a slowly spinning
French Pot Freezer. As the creamy blend thickens, a
blade softly scrapes the sides of the pot, folding the ice
cream into itself. Then they add the fresh ingredients to
complete the unique flavors.
The gentle folding process prevents air from whipping
into the ice cream and accounts for the extremely dense
and creamy consistency. Where a typical pint of ice
cream can weigh as little as 8 ounces, a Graeter’s pint
weighs nearly a full pound! Graeter’s ice cream is so rich
and creamy that they have to pack every pint by hand.

Then there's the reason we don't want to eat the stuff!
(yeah I have to go there)

First of all, ice cream is a dairy product. It is derived from an animal, a grafted (man-made) animal at that. The black and white dairy cow is a crossbreed of a water oxen and a buffalo. It is not a natural creature to the earth. Now on the other hand, the golden brown cow that is common and native to India and certain parts of Africa is natural. This is a real cow and is held in high esteem by the Indians. In fact, the cow is sacred to the Indians.
Because ice cream is a dairy product, it is animal excreta, because it is excreted from the tit of a cow. Animal excreta is liquid meat!
Also, ice cream not only creates snot (mucus) in the body, it is full of snot (liquefied mucus) itself. All of the strip cups in the world cannot prevent mucus from mastitis (inflammation of the mammary gland) from entering the milk supply.
Also, milk (and therefore ice cream) contains feces. The milk filters always contain a brown film on it. This brown film is cow manure! Tasty, huh?
Now since ice cream is derived from a female animal, and all female animals in America are shot up with synthetic chemical hormones to make the cows develop faster, ice cream is laced with synthetic hormones that greatly affect the female hormonal system (as well as men's hormonal system). These chemical hormones cause female reproductive area cancers in human females.
Dairy products are the biggest cause of leukemia, especially in young American children. Leukemia used to be a disease indicative of Caucasians, but now many African-Americans are dying of leukemia due to an increase of dairy products in the African-American diet.
If the chemical hormones (synthetic estrogen) make the female cow grow bigger and develop faster, what do you think they do to young American girls who love to eat ice cream? These little young American girls are walking around at age 8, 9 and 10 with fully developed breasts and buttocks, something you didn't see in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. God and Mother Nature did not speed up the physical development of little girls. Man and his chemical food industry did!
So not only is ice cream full of snot, mucus forming, and laced with harmful chemical growth hormones, but ice cream contains a lot of other chemical additives that are injurious to health.
Other additives found in ice cream include Piperonal, which is used in place of vanilla. Piperonal is a chemical used to treat lice. Diethyl glucol is a cheap chemical used as an emulsifier instead of eggs. It is used in antifreeze and paint removers. Butyraldehyde is used in nut-flavored ice cream and is one of the ingredients in rubber cement. Amyl acetate is a chemical used for banana flavor. However, it is also used as an oil paint solvent. Ethyl acetate is used for pineapple flavor. However, it is mainly used in industry as a cleaner for leather and textiles. Aldehyde C17 is a chemical used to flavor cherry ice cream but is used industrially as an inflammable liquid used in aniline dyes, plastic and rubber.
The list of additives in ice-cream sounds like a science project. Many nutritionists now refer to ice cream as the garbage dump food, and parents gladly allow their children to consume this stuff as an innocent sweet treat.


So now that you've lost your appetite for ice cream (hopefully) let's talk about what I'm gonna do.
I'm going to recreate this wonderful treat in vegan form.
One problem..  I can't for the life of me, find black raspberries.. so I'm going to use a mix of blackberries and red raspberries... besides, it's gotta be a little different.. you wouldn't want me putting Greaters out of business, right? ;)

Let's look at some numbers:  (1/2 a cup of the stuff)

Greaters Black Raspberry Chip                           Vegan Raspblackberry Chip
Calories   270                                                                       166
Total Fat    13                                                                        9
Cholesterol     50mg                                                               0
Sodium  40mg                                                                       35
Total Carbohydrate   34g                                                      18
Dietary Fiber  0                                                                     2
Protein      3                                                                           2
WWpts –  7                                                                           4

Ok, so here we go.   I've got the ice cream churner ready in the freezer, and I'm secretly making 'chunks' from vegan dark chocolate chips... (now it's not so secret is it?)  And we won't be upsetting any water oxen or buffalo in the meantime with our lovely treat.

So, who wants some?

Gimme a shout - and it's yours.

T-the weekend. Plan accordingly... text me.

Music enjoyed while blogging:
Subsonic Radio (It was needed)

Current Motivation:
Hoping I'll be hungry for Ice cream by the weekend

Current Craving:
Stress to fall away and tummy to stop hurting.

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