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Saturday, July 2, 2011

{4th of July tradition} homemade ice cream


One thing that speaks summer at our house is homemade ice cream. We love it, and make it at least once a week. It's also been a 4th of July tradition as long as I can remember--in my home growing up, and now in my own family.  Wherever we are on the 4th, we bring our ice cream--it wouldn't be the same without it!

I make a vanilla base, and then add in from there. Our favorites include blackberry, lemon, raspberry, peach, Snickers, Reeses PB cups, brownie, and mint. It's incredibly easy, and ice cream makers can be purchased quite inexpensively (under $30) at a number of large retail stores.

It's perfect for BBQs, picnics, parties, get-togethers, and at home, for no reason at all!

This is my vanilla ice cream recipe. There are generally two types of ice cream recipes--with eggs, and without. I prefer the egg-less version, but you can always experiment to see which one you like better.

Vanilla Ice Cream

2 1/2 c. whole milk
2 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 c. half and half
1 1/2 T. vanilla
5 c. whipping cream

Scald milk until bubbles form around edge of pan. Remove from heat. Add sugar and salt, stir until dissolved. Stir in half and half, vanilla, and whipping cream. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Freeze as directed (you will need ice and rock salt).

*I usually switch the amounts of whipping cream and half and half, just to make it lower in fat. Lol. :)
**Most of the time I don't scald the milk first, and it turns out perfectly.


If you don't have an ice cream maker, there are a couple of ways you can make it without one, and they are both super fun for kids.

1. Ziploc bags: Using this same recipe, put a cup or so of the ice cream mixture into a sandwich size plastic bag. In a gallon size bag, place a couple handfuls of ice, and a few tablespoons of rock salt. Close the sandwich bag tightly, and place inside the larger bag. Now the fun begins! Let the kids toss and roll the bag around until the ice cream thickens--around 10 minutes. The bag does get cold, so you may want to hold it with a towel.This is nice when each child wants a different kind of ice cream--just let them add their own mix-ins! Perfect for a family night, or Sunday afternoon.

2. Cans: Cans work too! You will need two different sized cans--both with lids. A #10 can, and smaller coffee cans work well. Your ice cream will go in the smaller can, and then placed inside the #10 can. Add the ice and rock salt around the smaller can, then seal with the lid. Roll the can around until you have ice cream!



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Blogger Jess said...

We love homemade here too. I need to make it more often. But my kids and DH go through ice cream so fast I can't keep up. lol It always reminds me of Christmas Eve. My grandfather would make some if there was enough snow to use in place of ice. There were so many of us grand kids that we only got a taste, but I still remember.

July 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger pynoblem said...

If you keep posting these wonderful recipes, I'm definitely going to have to watch my portions! LOL! I made the oreos, and my DH raved about them for a week! I'm going to try this one too.

July 2, 2011 at 9:46 PM  

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