Last week, I went to Portland, Oregon to attend a class on ice cream technology! The class was put on by the Food Innovation Center, part of Oregon State University.
There is a lot of complexity involved with making ice cream. Ice Cream is the only food that is intended to be eaten frozen. Keeping ice cream in good condition through the manufacturing and distribution process takes some special formulation and handling.
There were a wide array of people attending the class including local ice cream manufacturers like Tillamook and Ruby Jewel, entrepreneurs just getting into the ice cream world, ingredient suppliers and others.
I have not spent any part of my career working in ice cream, so this class was very interesting and fun for me. It also showed me how much I really don’t know about formulating or manufacturing ice cream!