Alden's Ice Cream
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Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to be organic?

Organic lifestyles are committed to reducing our intake of pesticides, hormones, genetically modified ingredients, artificial ingredients and sustainable practices for farming that reduce the environmental impact on our earth. So using purer ingredients let's us create yummy indulgent treats for you to eat. Alden's or Julie's Organic is certified "Organic" meaning, greater than 95% percent organic ingredients go into our products, and the other less than 5% are approved per the "National List" approved by USDA. The USDA "National List" is simply a set of ingredients which cannot be sourced organically, but are needed in processing.

How is the treatment of organic cows different from conventional?

The cows are given access to organically managed outdoor living spaces to allow for their natural comfort behaviors as pasture animals. Also they are eating organically grown feed that doesn't have commercial pesticides or fertilizers used in the growing as they are organically farmed. This combined with homeopathic health management promotes a healthier cow that does not need antibiotics or hormones and makes for higher quality milk.

Are organic cows given antibiotics?

Antibiotics would be a last resort in saving the cow's life, as with humans, sometimes they are the only thing we can use to combat infection. Cows that are treated in this manner must leave the organic herd and can no longer be considered organic.

What do organic dairy cows eat?

Only the best, of course! Unlike you and I, who can choose to eat from any of the 4 categories of organic (100%, 95%, greater than 70%, and less than 70%), these organic bovine sweethearts are given a strict 100% organic diet which comes from a combination of organic pasture and organic feed.

How is the organic cream processed?

After organic cattle have been milked, their bulk milk is pooled and then separated from the cream at a state-licensed processing facility. The organic cream is then heat treated and put in a tanker for transportation. The cream arrives at the Oregon Ice Cream plant within hours after the cows have been milked.

What happens to the cream at the ice cream plant?

The fresh organic cream is unloaded into sanitary storage tanks before use. When making Alden's or Julie's Organic ice cream, our organic cream is mixed with other organic ingredients like nonfat dried milk, cocoa powder or flavors to make ice cream mix. The ice cream mix is then pasteurized and placed in a flavor vat prior to being frozen into ice cream.

Is the ice cream homogenized?

Yes, all our Alden's or Julie's Organic ice creams are homogenized. Although a home ice cream freezer can make good ice cream from unhomogenized cream, a modern industrial freezer requires the fat in cream to be homogenized, which is a process in which the large fat globules present in raw cream are broken up into smaller, more uniform globules. If we didn't take this step, our freezers would churn out frozen butter instead of ice cream, and the product would be full of little globules of ingredients.

What are the natural flavors listed in the ice cream products?

The "natural flavors" when used, listed in the ingredient statements of our Alden's or Julie's Organic products vary per flavor. They are typically concentrated extracts or essential oils from fruits, vegetables and other plant matter. Things like strawberry juice concentrate, coffee concentrate, and peppermint oil are commonly accepted ingredients. Most of our ingredient vendor's formulas are considered proprietary information but we receive Continuing Letters of Guarantee stating there are no hidden allergens or organically unacceptable ingredients.

Are there GMO's in the ice cream products?

Under Federal guidelines, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) are not allowed for use in Certified Organic products. We rely on the network of USDA approved organic certifiers to ensure that the ingredients we use to make Alden's or Julie's Ice Cream are free of genetically engineered components.

Is Alden's Organic Kosher?

Yes, the CK symbol on each package means that we are supervised by Kehilla Kosher of Los Angeles, California. Kehilla is an internationally recognized kosher certifier operating under strict Kosher standards.

How do you read the production code on the ice cream products?

Our production code is in Julian calendar format, in which each day of the year is numbered. We add the last two digits of the year at the beginning of the code. For example: January 1st, 2010 is 10001, July 1st, 2010 is 10182, and December 31st, 2010 is 10365. This code in located on the bottom all Alden's Organic ice cream cartons or the side of Julie's products.

Is there wheat or corn in the vanilla extract used in the ice cream products?

While the alcohol used in our vanilla extracts is made from grains such as corn or wheat, they are considered non-allergenic due to the fact that they are distilled and contain no grain proteins.

The product I purchased was icy or grainy like it had been freezer burned. What caused this?

This is what we call heat shock. Heat shock happens when an ice cream is allowed to melt and is refrozen, sometimes more than once. We maintain strict temperature control over our products while they are at our manufacturing facility, but after our products are shipped, we have limited control over how they are treated. Shipping companies, distributors, and retail stores may not take as good care of our products as we wish and sometimes they allow the ice cream to thaw before placing it in a freezer or refrigerated storage environment. If this has happened to the product you purchased, we suggest taking it back to the store from where it was bought and requesting a replacement or a refund.

Is Alden's Organic ice cream gluten free?

Most of Alden's Organic ice cream flavors do not contain ingredients that have gluten in them. However, our Cookies & Cream ice cream contains gluten, as wheat flour is listed in the ingredient statement. Consumers should understand that our ice creams which do not contain gluten are made on shared equipment which sometimes processes gluten-containing ingredients. We minimize allergen issues through proper scheduling, thorough washing, and sanitizing. Whenever there is a possibility of cross contamination with an allergen, the production line is shut down and a wash is performed to eliminate any residual proteins that might be left on the equipment surfaces.

Lecithin is listed in Alden's Organic ingredient statement. What is it?

Lecithin is an all-natural food component commonly found in oil seeds and egg yolks. The source of the lecithin used in Alden's Ice Cream is from certified non-GMO soybeans, and is compliant to Organic standards.

So what does soybean lecithin have to do with ice cream?

We want Alden's ice cream to be consistently rich and creamy. Lecithin acts as an emulsifier, which means it brings fat and water together, stabilizing the frozen foam of ice cream. This translates to a smooth, velvety texture that limits such ‘freezer-burn' defects as coarse or icy. We hope you'll agree that our Alden's formula is rich and creamy, and that it has good shelf-life in your home freezer.

Is Soy Lecithin safe or healthy?

This ultimately is a decision you must make for yourself, but we think the nutrition science behind soy lecithin is well understood and supportive of good health. Pure and simple, soy lecithin is a rich source of Choline (Phosphatidylcholine), which is needed in all cell membranes. Some people take soy lecithin as a dietary supplement to reduce cholesterol or for other heart health benefits. Because soy lecithin is extracted from soybean oil and is highly refined, it does not contain soy protein and is generally considered a low risk for allergenic response.

There are several emulsification ingredients listed in the ingredient statements of Alden's Organic products. What are they?

We use multiple emulsification ingredients in our Alden's Organic products to ensure the ice creams and frozen desserts are of the highest quality for our consumers.

Tapioca Starch: is a natural starch taken from the root of the tapioca plant. It is a carbohydrate thickener that helps Alden's ice cream be smooth and creamy.

Carob Gum/Locust Bean Gum: is a vegetable gum extracted from the seeds of the carob tree. Alden's Organic uses it as an ingredient which inhibits the growth of ice crystals during storage.

Guar Gum: is primarily the ground endosperm (tissue produced in the seeds of most flowering plants around the time of fertilization) of guar beans. It helps maintain homogeneity and texture of our Alden's Organic ice creams. Guar gum slows down ice crystal growth in Alden's Organic as well.

Xanthan Gum: is produced by natural fermentation of glucose or sucrose by the Xanthomonas campestris bacterium. Xanthan gum helps create and maintain the pleasant texture in our Alden's Organic ice creams.

Pectin: is contained in the primary cell walls of plants. It is produced commercially from citrus fruits, and is used as a gelling agent in fruit products like jams, jellies and our organic strawberries and blackberries. Like many of our all our natural ingredients, it is a source of dietary fiber.