I should have mentioned this last month but instead, I was so amped on my family Pig Roast, I forgot. Last month was National Ice Cream Month. And the third Sunday in July is National Ice Cream Day, as anointed by Ronald Reagan back in ’84. (I’d like to have seen that bill…)
Anyways, it’s easy to make your own ice cream. You don’t need a $100 machine. Back when I was a kid, I remember making it in coffee cans. You can also do it in plastic bags. Or, you could blend a mixture and throw it in the freezer. See, none of this is expensive!!! I like the coffee can idea because you can roll it between you and your friends while sitting in a circle, sharing ghost stories or a blunt, whatever y’all do in circles.
Here’s the info:
Unfancypants Ice Cream
- 1 1-pound coffee can with lid
- 1 3-pound coffee can with lid
- 1 pint of half and half or milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 trays ice cubes
- 6 tbsp salt
- Duct Tape
Pour milk, sugar, vanilla into small coffee can. Cover with the lid and duct tape the top down like crazy. You don’t want this flying off and making a mess. Place a few ice cubes on the bottom of the large coffee can. Put small ice cream mix filled can in the large one. Fill with rest of ice, try to get it distributed evenly around, increasing surface area, adding salt the whole time. Cover large can with lid and duct tape. Again, like crazy. Now shake, roll, throw, whatever for 10-15 minutes. Unducttape. Eat. What???
A few things: you can use zip-lock bags but I don’t trust those things. Plus, you can make more in the coffee cans. Also, feel free to throw in a ripe mashed banana, cocoa powder, peanut butter chips, strawberries…experiment. If you’d like a more rich ice cream, put in one beaten egg to the basic mix. It has now become a custard based ice cream. Fancy. But still unfancy.
If you are in the market for a fun “kid’s toy”, check this out. I’ve never used these but they look hella fun. I’d buy one for myself! (I say this because I already got my goddaughter a bright blue ice cream machine. It doesn’t work for shit. We tried it.) Click on the pic for the Amazon.com page to buy.
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