Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to a special tasting event to try out the new ice cream Round Rock Honey will be producing. The ice cream will be called Bees Freeze and will use liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze the ice cream base right before your eyes. It is an impressive setup even before the liquid nitrogen is turned on.
Here are the tanks of liquid nitrogen.
The real show is when the ice cream is being made. Here is their in-house chef Aimee Chauveron and Konrad making up a batch.
A close up of the process.
They made vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate that evening for tasting. It wasn’t all fun and games as we filled out data sheets for each flavor around texture, color, and taste as they continue to tweak their recipes leading up to the official launch. I like the fact they are using grass fed milk from Full Quiver Dairy and of course, they are using their own honey as a sweetener. I was a little skeptical at first since I’ve used honey in making my own homemade ice cream at home and sometimes the honey will overpower the other flavors. However, they have managed to strike the right balance so the honey compliments the other flavors instead of overwhelming them.
They will be making their debut at the Cedar Park Farmers Market on August 31st and Mueller Farmers Market on September 1st. If you are in the area, I would highly recommend checking them out.
I’m a little jealous that I didn’t get to do anything this interesting when I took the beekeeping class from Round Rock Honey…
Here is a link to the video of the bee removal from an Austin home. I can’t even imagine having a hive in my ceiling. What a mess.
Beekeeping is not an endeavor that should be taken lightly and one should make sure they are committed to the time and effort required to maintain a healthy hive. Once you have made that decision, how does one go about becoming a beekeeper?
The first thing I did was try and learn everything I could about bees and beekeeping. There are quite a few good books on the subject, and I recommend either buying or borrowing several to get exposed to variety of techniques and philosophies. I found The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum and Beekeeping for Dummies by Howland Blackiston to be excellent resources.
However, the best way to learn is by doing, and if you are lucky to live in an area that offers beekeeping classes, it is truly an invaluable experience. Not only does it give you hands on experience, but you will quickly figure out if opening a hive filled with tens of thousands of bees is something you really want to be doing in your spare time.
If you live in the Austin area, there is an excellent class at Round Rock Honey given by Konrad Bouffard. It was this class that really gave me the confidence that this was something I could do and do well.