I scream, you scream……….ICE CREAM!

 

cup of ice cream

July is Ice Cream Month.  If there ever was a month to be Ice Cream Month, this would be it.  We, in the Midwest, are suffering terribly through one of the worst droughts in history.  It is coupled with extraordinary heat.  Our poor farmers are having a rough time. Eventually the rains will come.  Until then, we must conserve water and try to stay cool. I’ve never been a fan of watering the lawn because I always think of drought times. We have them regularly in the Midwest.  I do water young trees, vegetables, and flowers…..just not the grass.  It may look like shredded wheat, but it ALWAYS comes back. But hey, that’s just me.

I decided, as a public service, to share a couple of recipes for ice cream.  These recipes are for the counter top ice cream makers that make about a quart of ice cream.  I received the Cuisinart ice cream machine as a gift for Christmas and have made lots of ice cream. I use my neighbors as guinea pigs to test new flavors. Do I have good neighbors, or what? They never complain! Here are some pictures of the chocolate test.  It took three times to come up with the yummiest version of the chocolate.

While we were down at Happy Hollow Resort at Table Rock Lake, in southern Missouri, I made three batches of ice cream. Two of the chocolate and one of the vanilla.  All were a hit.  There is just something magical about eating homemade ice cream, on the porch of the cabin, while at the lake. My sister-in-law’s dad, Bernie, brought us some of his famous homemade Red Hots Ice Cream. He made his in the electric ice cream machine (the one that uses ice and rock salt) and it makes about a gallon of ice cream.  I have that recipe and one for vanilla for the electric machines. Just look over to the right under The Pantry and click on the recipe.  Any way you make it, ice cream is hard to beat on a hot summer day no matter where you live!

Stay cool, conserve water, and be aware of fire safety during times of drought and high temps!!!

 

Milk Chocolate Ice Cream (for the counter top machine)

  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups milk (whole milk is the best, skim will produce more tiny ice crystals but will not really affect the taste)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (any brand will do just fine but a Dutch processed kind is the very, very best)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • a good pinch of salt (about 1/8 of a teaspoon for you “measuristas”…and you know who you are!)

Mix all of the ingredients very well in a large bowl.  It may take a bit of whisking because unsweetened cocoa powder is kind of hard to dissolve and incorporate into a liquid.

Be patient and stir like crazy! Pour into the ice cream machine and make per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Almost done!

After it is done, put the ice cream into a container with a lid and then pop it into the freezer. I use a sherbet container I saved just for this step. (I have also used a 32 ounce Quick Trip plastic cup with a lid) It needs to harden up a couple of hours before eating.  You will be glad you did this.  Actually, there is nothing wrong with eating it right away, it will just melt VERY fast and is a tish soft.

 

Vanilla Ice Cream (for the counter top machine)

  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups milk (whole milk is the best, skim will produce more tiny ice crystals but will not really affect the taste)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • a good pinch of salt (about 1/8 of a teaspoon for you “measuristas”…and you know who you are!)

Mix all of the ingredients very well in a large bowl. Pour into the ice cream machine and make per the manufacturer’s instructions.  After it is done, put the ice cream into a container with a lid and then pop it into the freezer. It needs to harden up a couple of hours before eating.  You will be glad you did this.  Actually, there is nothing wrong with eating it right away, it will just melt VERY fast and is a tish soft.

Disclaimer: Cuisinart does not know me nor do they know how much I love their products. They have never been to Happy Hollow with us nor have they ever sampled ice cream on the patio with me and my neighbors.  Maybe they should!

As for Happy Hollow Resort, they know us and love us here at the Gravy Company.  They do not pay us to mention their name.  We do it because we think they are wonderful people and they are as good as gravy!

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2 Responses to I scream, you scream……….ICE CREAM!

  1. muddywaters says:

    This looks good. If you get a chance you should checkout a copy of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at your local library. Great recipes with a lot of soul.

    Are you still teaching the cooking classes? I thought that was a great thing you were doing, especially in these lean economic times. Cooking is an essential skill that can allow a family to really stretch the dollar. Last year my high school cut the home economic program because of budget issues. Unless they’re learning at home, my students aren’t acquiring the consumers skills, cooking skills, and nutritional info. to live a healthy life. I feel badly for my students because they’re missing out on essential skills that can be used everyday.

    • Gravy Girl says:

      Hey Muddy, great to hear from you. I will check out the info on the ice cream for sure. Local peaches are on sale at the farmer’s market and also at the grocery store. I was thinking of doing something along that line, next.
      Yes, I am still teaching classes. I now do two classes due to the great response. Next month I am doing eggs. I love teaching and my students are so great! Many have children and some have never actually cooked before. We have partnered with the Missouri Extension Nutrition folks and have a great program. Thanks so much for asking. Take care and keep up on your writing!

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