I started making homemade ice cream about 5 years ago when I purchased an electric ice cream maker from the Salvation Army for 5 dollars. I began making ice cream for special occasions and sometimes just because. Krista received a Kitchen-Aid for her birthday from her parents over a year ago, and we have adjusted to the ease and luxury of using our ice cream maker attachments and bowl to make ice cream now. No more bags of ice or tablespoon upon tablespoon of salt, just take the Kitchen-Aid ice cream bowl out of the freezer, add ice cream batter, and within twenty minutes it’s churned and ready to freeze for service the next day.
I have developed a vanilla ice cream recipe using farm fresh eggs, raw milk, organic sugar, brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, pure vanilla extract, and a dash of salt. This vanilla ice cream is very rich in flavor and excellent by itself, or with homemade caramel sauce on top. We have even progress a step further and added of one of Krista’s brownies that she mentions in a previous post with the caramel sauce and ice cream as well. This ice cream is also amazing combined with a Virgil’s Root Beer to make one of the best tasting root beer floats in the world. We have even used this vanilla ice cream with Krista’s strawberry jam that she makes from the strawberry patch in our orchard. This combination makes an incredible strawberry shake that we eat with our organic hamburger with avocado, cheese, garden fresh tomato, home grown sprouts, and home canned pickles. This is one of my favorite meals that few restaurants have the resources to duplicate the quality.
Making food from scratch has always improved the flavor. Plus, I enjoy food that is not loaded with preservatives. Some flavor enhancers and food preservatives make me ill very quickly, so eating ingredients that are organic without the pesticides and herbicides and no flavor enhancers tend to settle well with me better than the alternative. Fresh food from scratch has enough flavor of its own and should be enjoyed. Paying a little bit more for better quality food gives my wife and I an amazing meal from home without the cost of eating out, which equals to eating healthier and saving more.
Even though I enjoy making this vanilla ice cream, I would say we still have it on rare occasions. I may make it twice one month and then not again for two or three months. We tend to not eat too much sugar because it is not healthy to do so, but for a special reward this 4th of July we are celebrating with all-American made vanilla ice cream in whatever combination to go with my amazing hamburger. This year we chose Root Beer Floats.
Take time to enjoy the 4th of July; reflect on our country’s past to make a better future within the present we live.