Is it just me, or has this summer taken you back to the summers of your childhood? I have joined the Wadsworth Women’s Tennis League this year and I am running and playing. I am having a great time. By the way, I am not great at tennis; However, it is a great way to get exercise and be out in the sunshine. In the summer months the Butcher’s Wife doesn’t cook nearly as much as in the fall. I cooked more last night than I had in 2 weeks. I made meatballs for spaghetti and I cooked up Taco meat for a taco salad. One thing I am really enjoying this summer is making home-made ice cream. If you don’t have an ice cream freezer, I suggest you buy one. They are not very expensive. You can pick one up for $20.00. If you want to get a crank ice cream maker I say, “More power to you.” As for the Butcher’s wife, I let the electricity take care of spinning the crank and making the ice cream.
I have a simple ice cream recipe that is very tasty. You can make ice cream anytime you want.
1) can of condensed sweetened milk 14 1/2 oz.
1) 32 oz. carton of half and half
2 teaspoons of vanilla
You take the ingredients and mix them together. If you want you can allow them to sit in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Pour the ice cream mixture into the ice cream freezer canister. Put the paddle into the canister and put the lid on the canister. Place the canister into the ice cream freezer. I use ice from my refrigerator. I layer 3 inches of ice. I then add about 3 to 4 tablespoons of rock salt that I buy in bulk from Copley Feed. I repeat this process until the ice/salt combination is to the top of the freezer. I then plug-in the ice cream freezer and read until my ice cream is ready. This can sometimes take 30 to 45 minutes.
The ice cream is delicious and you will make great memories with your children and/or grandchildren.
If I don’t have half and half on hand, I have used milk with great results. If you want to make different flavors of ice cream, you can add a cup of sweetened fruit to the mixture with great results.
Have a wonderful week-end. Maybe I’ll see you on the tennis courts.
Until next time, From our Butcher Block to your Table.