Ice Cream

Snow Ice Cream–Make Magical Memories

We have snow–lots of snow.  Kids are still home from school.  Why not make some fun memories with the kids and the snow?  I have to admit even if you don’t have kids or grandkids to do this with–it is a lot of fun for adults.  After all, we all have a little kid inside of us just waiting to get out.

Ice Cream Snow

8 to 12 cups of fresh, white, new-fallen snow
12 oz. of sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Gather the snow in a large bowl. Bring it inside. Put about half of the snow in a smaller bowl. Add the vanilla to the snow in the smaller bowl. Shake the sweetened condensed milk well and pour about half over the snow and vanilla. Mix it in well. The snow will actually begin to freeze the sweetened condensed milk. Add the mixed “ice-cream” to the remaining snow in the big bowl, pour in the remaining sweetened condensed milk  and mix thoroughly.

This can be eaten right away. Any leftovers can be stored in the freezer for a frozen treat.  I have made this before.   I used the recipe from happyhooligans.ca.  

You will be delighted by how good this ice-cream tastes. You will be making fun memories. Until next time…From our Butcher’s Block to your Table.

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Ice Cream for the Paleo Lifestyle

When you are eating Paleo you sometimes feel like you have to give up some of the good things in life.  I know I could just “cheat”.  Who would know–right?  My body would know.  I googled Paleo ice-cream and I found a recipe.  I couldn’t wait to try it.  I found it delicious and can’t wait to make my second batch.  I will be trying many different combinations.Mauri-1

Paleo Ice Cream

1 can coconut milk
2 eggs or 4 egg yolks
4 Tablespoons of Pure Vanilla
3 Tablespoons of honey

Boil water in a roaster pan and reduce to simmer. Place heatproof bowl over the water in a double boiler fashion and pour in the coconut milk. Add thePaleo Ice Cream vanilla. Heat until hot, but not boiling. Whisk eggs in a separate bowl. Add 1 ladle-full of hot milk mixture to the eggs while whisking vigorously (tempering eggs without cooking the eggs). Add 2 or 3 more ladle-fulls of the milk mixture to the eggs and continue to whisk vigorously. Take the tempered eggs and whisk into the bowl with the rest of the coconut milk mixture in the double boiler. Whisk for a couple of minutes nonstop to make a thick custard. Make sure it doesn’t get too hot and the simmering water doesn’t touch the bowl. Once the custard is ready remove from the heat, add the honey and let it cool in the refrigerator. Follow ice cream freezer instructions or put the ice cream mixture in a freezer safe baking dish and place in the freezer. Stir vigorously every 30 minutes until the ice cream is set. This will take about 2 hours.

You can also add honey sweetened fruit to the ice cream mixture. I put whole cherries in mine. The next night I made a milk shake by adding Almond Milk and mixing in a blender. It was delicious.

That’s all for now. Until next time…From our Butcher’s Block to your Table.

bowl of ice cream

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I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream

Is it just me, or has this summer taken you back to the summers of your childhood?  I Mauri-1have 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 photo (18)you want.

Ice Cream
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.photo (19)

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.

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