in praise of the good stuff

Too often we forgo that which is delicious for that which is ‘nutritious’. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m all for healthy eating. I make a point of getting my fruits and veggies each day, and I try to make sure to not eat a stick of butter on a daily basis (now that one’s really not so hard). Sometimes, however, we take it too far and begin to forget what good food really tastes like.

With the warmer months just around the corner, I would like to use the example of ice cream. Half of the cartons (be they pint or gallon sized) in the freezer section are labeled “low fat” or “fat free” or “extra rich and creamy fat free” (which I doubt is even really possible). There is a decent argument made that we have to switch to lower fat foods because we consume so much of everything. The whole ‘super sized’ movement. So we give up on flavor so that we can have more. More of something that is mediocre. Is that really better than less of something that is superb? I suppose it’s a matter of what you’re willing to sacrifice. The same goes for beer – American “light beers” allow us to drink more for the same amount of calories. But who wants more if it means more of that? But I digress.

I’d like to challenge you all to check out the real iced cream next time you’re at the store. To qualify, it has to have actual cream in it, and the cream has to be listed before the skim milk in the list of ingredients (in a perfect world, there would be no skim milk in it, but reformation is a gradual thing). Or better yet, make your own. Pull out the good old hand cranker, put the family to work, and crank out some really good stuff that requires a whole quart of heavy cream.

Now, some of you may be wondering how one can enjoy these blessings without becoming quite rotund. And that just goes to show how long it’s been since you’ve actually enjoyed such a blessing as real ice cream. When you eat the really good stuff, it is in fact so good that you can only eat a small amount. To eat a ‘typical’ 2 cup-waffle-cone-portion would be on the verge of disrespectful to the ice cream. After a while, the flavors become so wonderfully overpowering that it becomes difficult to fully enjoy any more, and it must be put away to be enjoyed another time. Contrast this with the flavored frozen skim milk and the fact that you have to 2 cups to achieve any lasting flavor at which point you realize that the ‘flavor’ was never really that good in the first place.
So pick up a pint of Haagen Dazs or Ben & Jerry’s (or a quart of heavy cream and a box of rock salt) and enjoy something truly delicious!


3 Responses to “in praise of the good stuff”

  1. March 12, 2008 at 5:23 am

    Amen! We like to make our own over here. However, we use an electric ice cream maker (Oster maybe?) and I have to say, there aint nothing like the real thing!

  2. 3 bethanyjirak
    March 12, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Yes, I agree wholeheartedly! There’s nothing like ice cream made with real cream. Yummy.

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