Making Memories and Ice Cream
My New Ice Cream Maker
One evening as my husband and I were talking, he casually mentioned that he “might” have ordered an ice cream maker. In my mind I pictured the old fashioned, hand cranked ice cream makers of my childhood. It was often used on hot summer days at my grandparents house in Alabama where all my aunts, uncles and cousins gathered to spend time together. My grandmother mixed up the ice cream then the “men folk” took turns “cranking” and making sure the ice and rock salt ratio was just right. I don’t really know how long it took but to those of us not yet considered “grown folks” it seemed like FOREVER. Cranking looked like fun, and after much begging one of the uncles would usually give in (probably because he was worn out) and let us try. We’d crank a few time then we’d be off….It was HARD work! Finally, the handle would become so hard to turn that the cream was deemed “ready”.
I loved those times… but I really wasn’t crazy about the ice cream. I’m not sure what it was, but I preferred store bought ice cream…. so I’m pretty sure my response to my husband’s statement was,”Why?”
A couple of days later guess what arrived…..Cuisinart ICE-21R Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker
…and Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book. That seemed like a winning combo right there!
We looked through the book, realized we needed heavy whipping cream (which we didn’t have) and decided we would have to wait to make our first batch.
The next day, after purchasing the whipping cream (and whole milk ) we decided to give it a try.
It is very easy to use, just plug it in, add ice cream mix, and in about twenty minutes you have ice cream* … REALLY. The best part is, besides no cranking, it’s VERY good ice cream. Another positive…easy clean up.
How does it work? The tub goes in the freezer overnight. (We just keep ours in the freezer so it’s always ready) The motor turns the tub and the cold metal on the inside does the rest. It’s a GENIUS design.
If you are, or have ever, considered getting an ice cream maker for you home, I HIGHLY recommend this model. It makes about a quart which is plenty for this “ice cream lovin’ family”, there’s usually even a little left over. The ice cream maker is inexpensive and comes in a variety of fun colors.
Now my children and maybe even grandchildren can have their own wonderful memories of ice cream making!
My Response Now: “Why didn’t we get this sooner?”
We’ve made SEVERAL flavor but Oreo has been our favorite
*We do like ours a little harder so after it’s done we put it in the freezer for a couple of hours.