DORIS L. ASKS: “How many strawberries go into one gallon of Strawberry Ice Cream?”
We use 30 pound (3 gallon) containers of strawberries when we produce our ice cream. The strawberries are placed into a feeder and are then fed into the ice cream mix during production. There’s a bit of variation in the process, so I would imagine there’s not a precise amount of strawberries that make their way into each and every container (but every container has plenty!).
While I can’t share the exact formula for Turkey Hill Strawberries & Cream (the competition would love to know!), I can tell you this: nearly 25 % of the product is directly related to the flavor. We use fresh strawberries which are cleaned, hulled, halved, and sugared just prior to being packaged and frozen for use at a later date.
The berries are kept frozen and thawed right before they are placed in the ice cream. This process allows us to separate the juice from the berry. The juice is used as the flavoring agent and the remaining berries are added to the ice cream after the ice cream is partially frozen, just prior to packaging.
Hope this helps and thanks for your question!