Snacking on hand-made gelato – a moment of healthy pleasure

Snacking on hand-made gelato – a moment of healthy pleasure

A key time in young people’s day, a mid-afternoon snack can be a moment of healthy pleasure. A good hand-made gelato is a tasty and nutritious choice, which can help children to opt for a balanced diet, without giving up mouth-watering flavour.

In recent years, children and adolescents have been having many more nutritional problems: a poor diet and lack of exercise are without doubt two key factors. So parents and educators need to commit to getting rid of children’s bad habits and encouraging them to take more exercise.

When it comes to eating, there is one essential meal for children and adolescents which even older people find hard to give up, and that is the mid-afternoon snack. However, the mid-afternoon snack is often a sore point from a nutritional point of view, as it does tend to be made up of unhealthy fatty foods.

Hand-made gelato is a tasty solution that is compatible with a proper diet. Hand-made gelato is delicious and good to eat, but is also a complete and nutritious food, full of proteins and sugars. Depending on the flavours you choose and the number of calories you have left before you reach your daily energy requirements, hand-made gelato can be a genuine and easily-digestible snack.

If you need a fairly low-calorie diet and you are looking for a light refreshing snack, go for fruit gelato flavours. On the other hand, hand-made cream gelatos are the perfect flavours for hungry people, especially those with a sweet tooth, who may have had a light lunch and need a few extra calories.

Nutritious and refreshing, hand-made gelato is a gourmet treat and a healthy food for a balanced and healthy snack.

Snacking on hand-made gelato – a moment of healthy pleasure
Brioche with gelato
Brioche with gelato

Sliced open and filled with gelato, with cream, or even with both, the brioche with gelato is a typical Sicilian speciality which has recently been exported to the rest of Italy; it is becoming increasingly common to see gelato shops offering this delicacy, with regional variations such as croissants and buns or the truly Sicilian “tuppo” brioche.

Vegan gelato, the new trend of Italian gelato-making.
Vegan gelato, the new trend of Italian gelato-making.

The last SIGEP, the International Homemade Gelato, Pastry, and Bakery Fair, in Rimini, saw a trend among all of the major companies in the industry to offer products – and in some cases an entire product line – for vegans. 

Part 2 - Pasteurization and homogenization of italian gelato
Part 2 - Pasteurization and homogenization of italian gelato

After selecting, assaying and processing the raw materials with the other ingredients, the next stages in making hand-made gelato are pasteurization and homogenization.

How to select ingredients for your gelato
How to select ingredients for your gelato

Why do manufacturer of ingredients for gelato parlours offer such a wide range of different bases? As user requirements differ so widely, the products are designed to help the gelato-maker to get consistently balanced mixtures, for creamier, more scoopable gelato.

Part 3 -Maturation and Batch freezing of Italian gelato
Part 3 -Maturation and Batch freezing of Italian gelato

After pasteurization and homogenization, it is time for the mixture to undergo maturation and batch-freezing, which are crucial stages for a good hand-made gelato.

Investments, costs and revenues in opening a gelato shop
Investments, costs and revenues in opening a gelato shop

Over the course of time, Italian gelato has earned itself a reputation for continuous innovation in production methods, technologies and ingredients, often dictated by the needs of both practising and would-be gelato-makers.

Differences between artisan Italian gelato, industrial ice cream and soft ice cream
Differences between artisan Italian gelato, industrial ice cream and soft ice cream

Often the differences between italian gelato, industrial ice cream and soft ice cream are not clear to everyone, even though in Italy the fact that there are so many gelato parlours as well as a history of hand-made gelato making would seem to facilitate this distinction.

How to make a good hand-made gelato
How to make a good hand-made gelato

Making gelato used to involve a machine known as a sorbetière, refrigerated using ice and salt, with the mix being batch frozen by hand using a long spatula-shaped stick. Luckily, things have changed quite a bit since then! 

The role of semi-finished products in gelato-making
The role of semi-finished products in gelato-making

Compound ingredients for gelato or semi-finished products are mixtures of ingredients in powder or paste that the gelato-maker keeps by his side when preparing mixtures (stabilization) and giving them flavor.

Selecting the gelato ingredients
Selecting the gelato ingredients

Choosing the right raw materials is a fundamental part of making outstanding hand-made gelato: the finest milk, eggs and sugar, and the best semi-finished ingredients and semi-finished products are a key component in the creativity of every craftsman.

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