Summer means homemade ice cream to me…even better when made with a hand cranked ice cream maker! Sure…we have an electric freezer. We most likely have two, but I still like the old fashioned kind of ice cream maker. Does it taste better? Well…
You bet it taste better…at least to me!
Now that I am a grownup, I know that any success that you really have to work towards is much more appreciated.
Maybe that is why I think hand cranked is the best. As a child, we had neighborhood homemade ice cream family parties in the summer. The kids each had a chance to turn that crank…it seemed like we had about an hour to contribute our muscle power to the ice cream. I really imagine that we each had about 15 minutes of turning time…there were so many of us. It seemed like my arm hurt for hours and maybe even days. The best part was when we took out the dasher. Each child dashed over to grab a plastic spoon! The kids were the first to try out the new batch of ice cream! Always delicious!
You might give it a try sometime! But don’t worry…an electric ice cream maker will work with the following recipe!!!
OLD FASHIONED STRAWBERRY OR PEACH ICE CREAM
STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM
1 pint strawberries
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 cups whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mash strawberries with 1/2 cup of the sugar, reserve. Mix remaining 1/2 cup sugar, the salt, milk and egg yolks in 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly, just until bubbles appear around the edge. Cool to room temperature. Stir in cream, vanilla and strawberries.
Pour into freezer can, put dasher in place. Cover can and adjust crank. Place can in freezer tub. Fill freezer tub 1/2 full of ice, add remaining ice alternately with layers of rock salt (6 parts ice to 1 part rock salt). Turn crank until it turns with difficulty. Draw off water. Remove lid, take out dasher. Pack mixture down, replace lid. Repack in ice and rock salt. Let ripen several hours. Makes about 1 quart ice cream.
PEACH ICE CREAM
Substitute 4 or 5 peeled ripe peaches for the pint of strawberries (mashed peaches should measure 2 cups). Stir 1/2 cup of the sugar into peaches, reserve. The remainder of the recipe is the same.