Hand Crafted Gelato and Sorbet
Rediscover the taste of gelato
Gelato is a speciality of Italy. In the old days, it was made honestly with locally sourced products and reflected the season and the taste of he local countryside. Today, it is a rare art. Yes there are gelato shops all over Italy just as there ice cream shops all over the United States, but these gelatos and ice creams are mostly made in large corporate factories or if it made on-site, the flavor comes out of a box and blended with the cheapest milk available. This is not the way LOKAL makes their gelato and sorbet.
Rediscover The Taste of Milk
At LOKAL, we use full fat milk from Old Church Creamery. This is a unique milk that tastes like milk. Most of us have forgotten what that tastes like. It is also a healthy milk from a small herd of Jersey cows located in Mechanicsville. We make a flavor called Fiore di Latte that is the base flavor for a majority of our gelato. This is simply made with milk and organic cane sugar. To make it as healthy as possible, we do not use cream or eggs in our gelato. This makes our gelato lower in fat than ice cream. To help make our gelato very smooth we add in two products. The first is organic inulin from agave plants. Without the cream or eggs, we add this to provide more fullness to the gelato. Inulin is also a pre-biotic that supports a healthy gut-biotome. To replace the binding qualities of the egg, we use a small amount of locust bean powder. This is an emulsifier that is used in many healthy, glutin-free products.
Yes, we still have yogurt
Working with Old Church Creamery we use their yogurt to make a gelato textured, frozen yogurt. Many customers like the tangy flavor of yogurt. This yogurt is a full fat yogurt. Most froyo is lower fat and higher sugar, predominantly, corn syrup. We work to reduce the sugar in our yogurt to keep the calories down and the flavor intense.
Not Just Dairy…
We also make delicious sorbets from vegetables and fruit as well as creamy, non-dairy nut butter and seed gelatos. Sorbet is sugar and vegetables or fruit. It is very simple. We also use various herbs and spices to enhance the flavor of our products. Nut and seed milk is made from soaking nuts and seeds in filtered water, blending it, and draining the milk from the solids.
High tech gelato…NO PIECES OF ICE!
Gelato and sorbet are made by combining sugar and milk or sugar and fruit in large quantity batches. It is then frozen in an ice cream machine where air is introduced. If it is not made precisely, it will form ice. No one likes ice chunks in their ice cream. Our process takes this many steps further and eliminates ice.
We make small, one liter batches in individual stainless steel containers. The container is placed in a high speed blast freezer and frozen within an hour. When frozen, the container is then processed to turn it into a creamy, intensely flavored dessert. We only process the gelato when ordered or on busy days within the last 4 hours. So our gelato and sorbets are always fresh. They have never been shipped in a truck or sat out in a display for days on end.