How to make your own ice cream

The taste of homemade ice cream is something that brings back memories of a slower, more relaxed time.…
How to make your own ice cream
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The taste of homemade ice cream is something that brings back memories of a slower, more relaxed time. Lazy days on the front porch, fresh cut watermelon, and a cone of creamy ice cream Mom churned herself. You can make your own ice cream and bring those memories to a new generation.

Making ice cream at home is easy, even without an electric ice cream maker. Many schoolchildren have tried making ice cream with two coffee cans, and so can you, with the following instructions. One can is large and the other is small enough to fit inside. Pour ice around the middle can – take care not to get any inside of the smaller can. Add a layer of salt on top of the ice. Inside of the small can add 1 cup ice cream, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup. Stir the contents of the small can until frozen. When you make your own ice cream, it is very creamy.

The above recipe can also be made by placing the liquid ingredients inside of a strong zip top bag, then placing that bag inside of a gallon size zip top bag. Fill the large bag with ice and salt, squeeze until the inner bag is frozen. It is fun to make your own ice cream in bags and kids love this easy food craft.

Most ice cream makers come with recipe booklets so that you can make your own ice cream without using mixes. It’s easy to put together the ingredients for cooked bases. While it might sound hard to make your own ice cream with the cooked bases, the process is a lot simpler than you might think at first glance. The basic ingredients are always milk, cream, and flavorings. The most popular flavors are vanilla and chocolate.

To make your own ice cream with a cooked base, try out the following recipe:

Heat the milk and cream over a medium low setting to just under boiling. If you see bubbles around the edge of the pan, turn the heat to low. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat. Whisk the egg yolks in a large bowl, then add the hot milk/cream mix in a thin stream while whisking the eggs. This incorporates the eggs into the hot mix without cooking them .

Pour back into the pan, heat over medium low until just hot again. Cook until it is thick, stirring constantly. Once the mix is thick enough to coat the spoon, remove from heat. Strain and place in your ice cream maker with a tablespoon of vanilla for vanilla ice cream. For chocolate, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and two tablespoons of cocoa powder stirred well to incorporate without lumps. You can make ice cream with fruit by omitting the cocoa and adding in a cup of your favorite fruit.