Saturday, April 17, 2010

Making Ice Cream with Liquid Nitrogen

Here is an interesting event that I hosted last week with a group of Montreal Food Bloggers. Working in a very cold temperature laboratory (near absolute zero, WAY colder than Antartica and the Moon), I thought of making something out of liquid nitrogen like in the show Iron Chef: Battle of the Beets. The foodies suggested to make ICE CREAM with liquid nitrogen. Due to quick freezing, the mix forms these small crystals which result into a smoother and creamier texture compared to ice cream via conventional cooling.

I would like to thank the foodies for coming to this cool event: Judy, Evelyne, Elaine, Valérie and Laurent.

Here is a basic ice cream recipe.

Serves 8-10
Preparation Time: 1 min
Freezing Time: 2 mins


5L liquid nitrogen
4 cups half-and-half or heavy cream
2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips or mashed fruits or any other flavorings


1. In a stainless steel bowl, mix cream, milk, sugar and vanilla extract using a wooden spoon.

2. While stirring, pour a small amount of liquid nitrogen into the mixture. Continue to stir while slowly adding more liquid nitrogen. Once it starts to thicken, add mashed fruits or chocolate chips.

3. Continue adding liquid nitrogen until it is hard to stir. Let the excess liquid nitrogen boil off. Immediately serve.

Check out the video filmed by Evelyne.


  1. Nicely done!


  2. Was so much fun, thanks again for the opportunity!

  3. My pleasure, Evelyne! We should make a sorbet next time!

  4. Thanks for the letting us do this with you. Twas fun :)

  5. Thank you Victor, for putting this together, it was so much fun! I'd love to do it again (and so would a lot of people, I think)!

  6. What a different way to make ice cream! Sounds funny!

  7. Oh wow this is awesome! What a great way to make ice cream...glad you all enjoyed yourselves!!!

  8. Thanks Talita and Aimee, I wasn't sure about the outcome of the ice cream... Glad you enjoyed viewing the video!

  9. Can I ask you where you obtain Liquid Nitrogen in Montréal? I've been wanting to try it, but I'm not quite sure where to purchase it.

  10. Hey wow thats sounds cream at home and that too the look was nice....wanna have a trail...



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