July 5, 2011 § 2 Comments
If you have never made homemade ice cream, you must go out next weekend and invest in an ice cream machine. Making my own ice cream reminds me a lot of roasting my own coffee. It blows the store bought stuff out of the water. It just has so much more flavor.
I’m glad we opted for the hand crank machine. Not only does the ice cream taste amazing but it’s a lot of fun for a BBQ. If you have kids, it will keep them entertained for a good hour or so. We had fun taking turns and I’m glad I was on the earlier shift. It definitely gets a lot harder towards the end. We weren’t sure how long it would take but it took about 20 minutes for 3 quarts. You know it’s ready when you pretty much can’t turn it anymore…no matter how big and strong you think you are as my husband found out on the last shift.
It’s so rewarding to dip your spoon in right when it’s done. It’s like you’re eating ice cream for the very first time. I seriously don’t know if I could go back to store bought ice cream after this.
And to top it off, we had a wonderful baker in our midst who made one of the most delicious pies I’ve had in a long time to go with it. Strawberry rhubarb pie with home made, cranked vanilla ice cream.
Now it’s time to burn it off at the pool.
We bought one of the ice cream balls – the kids kick it around the yard and the adults throw it around and dance with it. Problem: the batch is too small!
Totally agree though, worlds better than anything at the store.
So damn good – period.