Dairy Science and Food Technology

Scientific, information & consultancy services for the food industry

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DSFT has been providing science based consultancy services globally since 2002.
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The Dairy Science and Food Technology (DSFT) website provides scientific and technological information, Cloud-based tools and consultancy services for food scientists and technologists working in industry and in colleges and universities. A discussion forum and interactive content through "On Line" calculators are also provided. Writing/citation resources including a Harvard-type reference wizard and a range of citation-wizards can also be accessed.

There are sections on starter cultures, probiotics, cheese science and technology, bioactive peptides, ice cream, wine making, modelling in food technology, thermal processing and modified atmosphere packaging and labelling. Some general health information including reference to allergy and food intolerance is also presented.

Ice Cream Mix Calculator

The objective in calculating ice cream mixes is to turn a formula into a recipe based on the intended ingredients and the mass or volume of mix required.  The recipe is then processed to obtain ice cream for distribution and sale.  In the UK and in North America the formula is given as percentages of fat, milk solids-not-fat (MSNF), sugar, stabilisers-(stabilizers in the US) and emulsifiers. Since several ingredients may be available to supply these components e.g. MSNF available ingredients are selected on the basis of quality and cost.

The Dairy Science and Food Technology ice cream mix calculator uses linear programming to solve the mix calculations and provides a “proof of calculation” showing that the mass of the mix sums to the correct value and all the components e.g. fat also sum to the correct value. Since there is only one unique solution for each calculation you can quickly validate your results by checking the sums figures.

While the calculator is fairly simple to use there is a help facility, please see the ? below. Further information on ice cream, and other ice cream related calculators, is also available. 

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How to cite this article

Mullan, W.M.A. (2007). [On-line]. Available from: https://www.dairyscience.info/index.php/78-articles/site-calculators-and-models/142-icecream-mix-calculator.html . Accessed: 25 October, 2016.

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