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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I sCream, U Scream...

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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