Astronaut Ice Cream
What you need after a hard day? Just a kick back and you could enjoy this freeze dried ice cream while the planet is gently spins below you. Everyone really loves this one!
One of the coolest treats around! It has the quantities of astronaut ice cream that you actually need for your next party. Ever since wonder what kind of food the astronauts eat? Official Astronaut Ice Cream, that's right! These freeze-dried desserts (a primary food group unto themselves) are a fun full treat for everybody. Aside from the daring astronauts, these snacks are great for any campers and hikers (no, they don't need to be refrigerated), or as stocking stuffer at the Christmas. They also have a 2-year shelf life.
The official and freeze-dried is ready-to-eat Neapolitan. Ice cream that is, astronauts take into the space. Readily breaks into chunks for the hand feeding-a sweet treat! Each foil-sealed pouch out contains a normal single serving of any ice cream. Three year shelf life. Enjoy your ice cream just as the astronauts do - the freeze-dried way!
Astronaut Ice Cream, as well as other freeze-dried food items, has been aboard space missions since early Mercury missions. They continue to be used at NASA missions today.
How is Astronaut Ice Cream Freeze-Dried?
Freeze-drying, or otherwise lyophilization, removes water from the ice cream by lowering the air pressure to at point where ice shifts from a solid to a normal gas. The ice cream should be placed in a vacuum chamber and then freeze-dried ice creamrozen until the water crystallizes. The air pressure should be lowered, creating a vacuum, forcing air out of the chamber; then heat is applied, vaporizing the ice; finally a freezing coil traps the vaporized water. This process goes for hours together, resulting in a perfect slice.
Chocolate, vanilla ice cream and strawberry ice cream slice contains:Milk fat, nonfat milk, corn syrup, strawberry puree (strawberries, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, water, modified potato starch, ft-c red No. 40), whey, cocoa (processed with alkali), stabilized and emulsified by mono and triglycerides, guar gum, cellulose gum and carrageen, artificial flavor, red No. 40, and vegetable annatto color.