5 Tricks for Making Homemade Gelato


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Use Milk, Not Cream, and Choose Fresh Ingredients
Fresh fruit that’s very ripe (even overripe) is perfect for gelato. ©udra/iStock/Thinkstock
Fresh fruit that’s very ripe (even overripe) is perfect for gelato. ©udra/iStock/Thinkstock

While ice cream is typically made with cream and sometimes a little milk (hence the name), gelato is best made from whole milk. Because gelato is made from milk, it contains less fat than ice cream, but it's the milk that also allows for the flavors of the other ingredients to really stand out. Use the best-quality ingredients you can find or afford, because whatever the ingredient is, its flavor will be intense. When choosing fruit to flavor your gelato, for example, choose fruits that are a little beyond the point when you'd want to eat them -- overripe fruit has the most concentrated flavor and sugar, and that flavor will be passed along to your gelato.