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If you want to make a good product, make sure that you purchase your fresh raw materials (milk, eggs, sugar) and your mixed or semi-finished ingredients with the greatest care.
Specialized companies today make excellent quality products for all sorts of customers, which is why many gelato makers use mixed ingredients, created to meet practical needs, such as preserving raw materials in optimum condition, reducing preparation time, guaranteeing hygiene standards, and making the most of their thickening qualities, a growing trend among gelato-makers.
Good mixed ingredients have well-balanced components, giving a product with good consistency that is tasty, healthy, and hygienic.
To make perfectly creamy gelato, its solid and liquid ingredients need to be mixed together as much as possible, so that you freeze the water particles smoothly and trap a sufficient amount of air.
Modern gelato workshops use balanced and selected mixed ingredients: bases that include emulsifiers and texturizers that stabilize the gelato mixture without altering its sensory characteristics and guarantee a creamy scoopable finished product. Depending on your personal inspiration, seasonal factors, and your customers’ personal preferences, semi-finished products can be used for various purposes. Here is a list of the available ones.
Mixed ingredients for base mixtures
In powdered, liquid, or paste form, these are produced at various concentrations. Mixtures may contain additives which emulsify and stabilize hand-made gelato, to which fresh ingredients should be added later, or may also contain milk, cream, eggs, and other basic ingredients. Which ones you choose will depend on how much time you have available, the time of year and therefore the availability (and perishability) of raw materials, and the availability of one or more pasteurizing machines in your workshop.
These ingredients are added to base mixtures to provide them with flavor. This category includes powdered fruit or milk flavors (cocoa powder, freeze-dried coffee, liquorice powder) and flavor pastes (pistachio and other nuts, sugary toppings, fruit pastes), which are used to create the various flavors of gelato. Again, which exact one you choose will depend on various factors, first and foremost the season.
Ingredient mixtures ready for use
Prepared mixtures in powder, paste, or liquid form, with a full range of ingredients, make it quick to prepare vanilla or fruit-flavored gelato, adding just water, milk, and/or whipped cream, depending on the recipe.
Ingredient mixtures for decoration
There is a wide range of preparations used to garnish gelato, based on honey, sugary toppings, chocolate or cocoa, coffee or other hot drinks, dried fruits, fruit and vegetable preserves and preparations, fruit juices and pulp, candied or canned fruit, alcoholic beverages, artificial colors, flavors, and additives.
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