My Kickstarter Project!
I have finally launched my Kickstarter project to raise funds to buy an Emery Thompson ice cream machine and grow my small business:
Please click here to make a pledge!
The idea behind Ice Cream Science is to combine science and quality ingredients to make the best ice cream in the country.
I’m obsessed with making nothing but perfect ice cream and have been relentlessly experimenting over the past two years with ingredients, science, and techniques. Everyone has seen how chefs like Heston Blumenthal have innovated and pushed food forward. I feel that ice cream has been somewhat left behind. I want to incorporate science and gastronomy into ice cream making to develop new and exciting flavours and textures.
To make the best ice cream, you need to use the best ingredients; I use free-range organic eggs, organic milk from grass-fed cows, fresh cream, and un-refined sugar to make my ice cream base. I use real pistachios in my pistachio ice cream, 80% dark chocolate in my chocolate ice cream, and real mangos in my mango and green peppercorn ice cream.
So last summer I put my theory to the test and started selling ice cream at food festivals. I received great feedback, both about the concept and the ice cream, and was also approached by local cafes wanting to stock my ice cream. I painfully had to turn these requests down as my Cuisinart home ice cream maker simply couldn’t churn out more ice cream. This summer I want to change that.
WHERE YOU COME IN
I’ve been granted a street sellers’ license by Oxford County Council to sell ice cream from King Edward Street in Oxford, on condition that I put my ice cream freezer on a custom, and expensive, ice cream bike.
To start selling ice cream in Oxford and to approach local restaurants, cafes, and delis, I need to grow my business. I simply can’t make enough ice cream with the Cuisinart home ice cream maker that I’m currently using.
To grow my business, I want to invest in a commercial ice cream machine that is capable of churning 6 litres of ice cream in 8 minutes, and a custom ice cream bike, which I plan to sell ice cream from in Oxford and at events.
I also want to invest in equipment usually found in science labs: I want to invest in a magnetic stirring hotplate, to act as a cheaper alternative to an industrial pasteuriser, an aspirator pump so I can reduce the water content in fruit and milk without having to heat them and alter their flavour, and a blast chiller to freeze the ice cream as quickly as possible after it has been churned.
THE ICE CREAM
Please consider making a pledge or sharing the project on the social networks!
All the best, Ruben