Sunday, July 8, 2012

Ice cream, You scream...

They don't call it HOT-lanta for nuthin'!  How about some home-made ice cream to cool off?  Here's what you do...

First:  Invite a date!  That's right, ice cream making - like most activities in the kitchen - can be totally romantic.  So, invite your special person, or get out the black book and pick someone lucky.

Second: Buy an ice cream maker, something you can grab at Target like this 4qt Aroma model for about $60.

The Aroma 4 qt ice cream maker from Target is just the ticket.
Third:  Head to the grocery store and get:
1 10-lb. bag of ice ($2)
1 box rock salt ($1)
1 half gallon organic whole milk ($3)
2 16oz cartons heavy cream ($8)
1 bag of granulated sugar ($3)
1 bottle of vanilla extract ($3)

Fourth:  Assemble the ice cream maker.  Should take you about 10 minutes or so.  You can totally leverage this moment date-wise, by the way.  Think,  "I can't figure this thing out.  Maybe we could assemble it together..."  You know what I'm sayin'!  

Fifth:  Combine all of the heavy cream, 2 cups whole milk, 1 ½ cups sugar, and 2 tablespoons vanilla extract. Whisk for 1-2 minutes.  Pour into ice cream maker, add rock salt and ice, and freeze for 45 minutes or so. The mixture will not fill the container when you pour it in, but it will when you take it out.    It makes about 4 quarts.

Six:  Time to dress it up.  Add strawberries, peaches, Reese’s cups, watermelon, or Nutella. Or whatever else you think sounds good.   My preference is to use seasonal locally grown fruit.  Check out this schedule from Whole foods of what's in season and when.  

Season Wheel from Whole Foods.  Let's you now what's in season right now.
The ice cream goes great with fruit. 

Finally: Store in the freezer overnight to harden if you can wait that long. Totally not necessary, but good to know if you don't eat it all immediately.

Book Keeping & Timing

Shopping time: 30 minutes
Prep time: 20 minutes 
Wait time: 45 minutes
Cost: $80, $60 of which is an investment

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