How the ice was invented: a story in fast motion

The invention of ice - almost as earth-shattering as the invention of the light bulb ;)
The invention of ice - almost as earth-shattering as the invention of the light bulb 😉

I would like to tell you a little bit about where ice was invented and how it spread around the world. I also promise to keep it short and tell you only the essential key points.

The Chinese, Persians and Indians: invention of ice cream

As with many inventions, it can be assumed that there is not just one source, but that similar developments have occurred in several places. What is certain, however, is that the Chinese already some 4000 years ago Ice and snow were used to make food more durable. The Persian and Indian then went one step further and it became Snow or ice with syrup mixed. This was already a very early form of ice cream and can therefore be regarded as the hour of birth.

Thousands of years ago, snow or ice was mixed with syrup in India and elsewhere
Thousands of years ago, snow or ice was mixed with syrup in India and elsewhere

The invention of ice cream reaches Italy

This knowledge was finally acquired via trade routes to Sicily. However, this was not the end of the story, but the production of ice cream was refined and developed further. Also the Romans used snow and ice for cooling and already enjoyed a preform of ice. At . Naples eventually evolved End of the 16th century cooling techniquesto freeze liquids.

In Italy, the first refrigeration technology was finally developed and the ice cream recipe was further refined
In Italy, the first refrigeration technology was finally developed and the ice cream recipe was further refined

Bernardo Buontalenti after all, the first to be Egg and milk for making a cream have used. The eating of snow and ice in the most varied forms became more and more popular in the following period. While with noble banquets fancy Ice cream creations were served, the Bourgeoisie with the old method, Snow with syrup to mix.

Finally the ice reaches all of Europe

From End of the 17th century the ice also spread on the rest of Europe. Finally, the demand was so great that in the 19th century naturally occurring ice and snow were no longer sufficient. It was multiplied artificial ice manufactured. The forerunners of our present Cooling technology and ice cream production were born.

In the 17th century, the art of ice-making also reaches the rest of Europe
In the 17th century, the art of ice-making also reaches the rest of Europe

The ice in the present time

Nowadays we cannot imagine a life without ice cream. There is an infinite variety of both industrial and handmade ice cream.

At Germany will status 2018 between 8-9 litres per person and year sold, that is a total of approx. 720 million litres. Most of it is produced by industry (81%). A further 16% are handmade ice cream from e.g. ice cream parlours or confectioners. The soft ice cream segment also accounts for a few percent. (Source: https://www.markeneis.de/datenfakten/statistiken/)

There are no exact figures on how many people now make their own ice cream. But we are growing. There's no reason not to get an ice cream at your favourite ice cream parlour and be inspired by the creations. But why there are good reasons to make your own ice creamyou can stay in one of my Contributions read.

Ice making as a passion

In summary, it can therefore be concluded that although Italian not invented ice cream, but they were instrumental in its Further development and Distribution ...was involved. Ice and Italy are inseparable and no country operates with so much Passion the production of ice cream.

It is not only that a lot of passion goes into making ice cream, it is rather a Science for himself, a perfect recipe to develop. The ingredients must be coordinated in such a way that a round and balanced taste is created, coupled with a pleasant structure. This is made more difficult by the fact that the structure is only developed by the freezing process and changes depending on the composition.

But don't worry, with the Recipes it's very easy to make your own ice cream. Besides, it's not about creating the perfect ice cream that meets the demands of a star chef, and probably not about you either. You can make it, but you don't have to. Usually all you need to do is just incredibly tasty is.

And if you want to go a little deeper into the Basics of ice cream production you've come to the right place on my side as well.

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