How to Make Homemade Ice Cream








Maxi-Matic Elite Gourmet Old Fashioned Pine Bucket Electric/Manual Ice Cream Maker

Maxi-Matic Elite Gourmet Old Fashioned Pine Bucket Electric/Manual Ice Cream Maker

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©2011 Shanna Lea (formerly Shanna Ohmes)

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  Spring quickly turns into 100° days of summer and one of the most delicious ways to cool down is to learn how to make ice cream using milk and cream from your homestead goat or cow.

Invite your neighbors and have an ice cream party!  You make the ice cream (ahead of time) and have your guests bring the toppings and serve it from an “ice cream bar”.  The basics of making ice cream are simple, that’s what makes it seem magical.  It can be rich, elegant, stylish or simple and basic.  Change the flavor with the seasons by varying the seasonal fruit combinations and toppings.  Favorite fruit additions are strawberries, raspberries, black raspberries, huckleberries, blueberries and peaches.  Use honey harvested from your own beehives for your recipes and herbs from your garden for a delicious herbal ice cream!

Steep fresh herbs like lavender or mint in the heated milk and egg batter mix.  When the mix reaches 170°F, put the herbs in the mix and infuse for 30 minutes to flavor the batter.  Remove the plant matter and proceed to add the cream and vanilla.

You can’t talk about ice cream without mentioning chocolate.  Melt 4 ounces of 60 percent cacao bittersweet chocolate and add to the mix to make a rich chocolate ice cream.  As the summer nights begin to cool and we go into Fall, add a couple tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream for a truly decadent dessert dish.

Basic Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

2 cups whole raw milk

3 egg yolks (pastured)

1 cup raw cane sugar or ½ to ¾ cup honey

2 cups heavy cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Put the milk, egg yolks and sugar into a pan and whisk together over medium heat until mixture is 170°F.  Stir frequently.  Strain the mixture to remove bits of cooked egg and let cool for 30 minutes.  Add the cream and vanilla and chill for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator.  Then proceed with the directions from your ice cream maker.  Makes 1 quart.

Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

4 ounces 60 percent cacao bittersweet chocolate

¼ cup cocoa powder

¼ cup boiling water

1 cup raw cane sugar, divided

2 cups whole raw milk

3 egg yolks (pastured)

2 cups heavy cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt

Place the cacao bittersweet chocolate in a double boiler and melt.  Pour the melted chocolate into a 1quart sauce pan.  Stir in the cocoa powder, ½ cup raw cane sugar and the boiling water.  Whisk until all lumps are dissolved.

In another pan, mix milk, ½ cup raw cane sugar and egg yolks over medium heat.  When the mixture reaches 170°F, strain out the cooked egg bits.  Stir in the melted chocolate, allow to cool a few minutes, and then add the cream, vanilla and sea salt.  Chill for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator and then proceed with the directions for your ice cream maker.  Makes 1 quart.

Types of Ice Cream Makers

Making homemade ice cream brings images of sitting around a crank-style ice cream maker, taking turns manually cranking the churn.  This is a fun way of having the kids take turns helping with the dessert.  A hand-crank ice cream maker is good for taking on picnics or to the family cabin and doesn’t have a motor that will wear out.

When you have a large family or party planned, an electric bucket style ice cream maker can make up to 6 quarts and is easier than the hand-crank style.  Some types have freezable canisters that you can leave in the freezer until you are ready to use.  The canister types make about 1 to ½ quarts.  Follow the instructions on how to use canister type ice cream makers.

Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker

 

Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet and Ice Cream Makers have heavy duty motors and double-insulated freezer bowls.  They are sleek and perfect for tiny kitchens.  These are convenient for smaller families, serving 5-6 people, and you don’t have to deal with the ice or the rock salt.

 

 

Ice Cream Ballsare popular and fun.  These durable, plastic balls make ice cream while you toss and kick them around!  Just fill one side with ice and rock salt, then fill the other side with your ingredients, screw on the lid and toss and kick around for about 10 minutes, add more ice and salt, and then kick around some more.  In about 30 minutes you have delicious ice cream.  This is a great way to make dessert while camping or just in the backyard with a few people.

 

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment KICAOWH

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment KICAOWH

 

 

 

Stand mixers now come with attachments for making ice cream.  Stand mixers already have a variety of attachments to help with all your kitchen culinary adventures, eliminating separate tools and appliances that take up space in your cabinets and pantry.

 

 

 

Enjoying your Homemade Ice Cream

Plan a party to celebrate your homestead goodies.  Make the ice cream ahead of time and have your guests and friends bring their favorite fruit and toppings. Enjoy eating and sharing from your homestead surplus this summer.

 

 

 


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