I Love Ice Cream!
I try not to overly indulge. Just a spoonful when I need a fix. A spoonful in my chai tea or coffee is my go-to treat. As fun as ice cream is to eat (my kids have even asked for ice cream for breakfast…) I am not overly thrilled by the ingredients.
From the Dryer’s website I found a list of ingredients, which includes: corn syrup, whey, acacia gum, guar gum, natural flavors, carob bean gum, carrageenan, xanthan gum.
So I thought I would experiment a little. To be honest, I was a little nervous trying this because I have always heard that you need an ice cream maker (you know that ice cream makers cost between $30-200?!). Although when I was in girl scouts we made (SALTY!) ice cream using coffee cans and good old rolling power that took hours.
The Plan: no manual labor or salty ice cream or ice cream maker.
The Result: YUMMMM – I am so adding ice cream to my must-make-from-scratch list!
Here is what I did.
I added ingredients to my blender. I turned it on. Dumped it into a container and put it in the freezer. I churned it by hand twice. The next evening we had perfectly smooth & frozen ice cream for dessert. That’s it. And yes, I was amazed that it worked!
Simplified, No-gadget Ice Cream
§ 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
§ 3/4 cup sugar (I used ½ cup agave)
§ 2 cups cream
§ 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla paste (the paste has the vanilla beans in it!)
§ A couple ice cubes (I probably could leave this out)
§ Any mix ins that you don’t mind getting crushed in the blender. My son loved adding chocolate chips, which made the ice cream chocolate sprinkled.
1. Put everything in a blender
2. Once it is all blended add it to a container and stick it in the freezer.
3. After a few hours take it out of the freezer and stir it. Should be easy. You can add whole mix ins (like candy) if desired.
4. Repeat step 3 – it shouldn’t be completely frozen.
5. The next day you should have ice cream!
This was well worth the five minutes of time it took to whip up!
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