Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lemon Ice Cream

Today we made ice cream.  There's a good bit of science behind the making of ice cream, but today it was just for fun.

Make sure all the bits to the freezer are clean and in good shape

If it's the first time you've used it in a while, put a little oil in the spinner part of the motor and set it on a paper towel to drain for a couple of hours

This is not a defect in a wooden freezer, the salt water expands the wood, it needs a little room for that to happen.

Gather your ingredients
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 (3 ounce) package lemon gelatin
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped
  • 8 cups milk

Ben, whipping the cream
He wants everyone to focus on the blue of the apron and not the little flowers and also, I made him wear it to keep his chest hairs out of the cream.

Never had cream cheese in ice cream before
After I added it, I looked at the recipe and saw I had used an 8 oz package instead of a 3 oz.

Get this middle spinner in place before you pour in anything or you will cuss.
Top off the mix with milk.  If you want to go all non-dairy, use coconut milk and almond milk because almond on its own freezes with icy lumps and it's not creamy a bit.

Topped off and ready to go!
Assemble the whole thing and lock the motor into place before you take it outside.

Fill with ice and top off with ice cream salt.

It will start melting almost immediately

Needs more ice!

Keep adding ice and salt as needed to keep the top of the canister covered.

Turn it so the little hole in the side is out over the edge of the porch so the salty water can drain out as it melts.
Don't let it drain onto any plants or grass you hope to keep.

While it's spinning, you can exercise your guinea pigs

And of course, clean up your kitchen

When the motor starts making freaky noises that don't sound right, go stand nearby.  As soon as the motor stops spinning, unplug the machine or you will need a new motor.

Clear the ice away from the top before you try to move the canister

Lift it straight up and let it rest on top of the ice.

Rinse the top off before you open it, salt can fall into the ice cream otherwise and the $20 you just spent on a single gallon of ice cream will be totally wasted.

There it is!  Homemade lemon ice cream with cream cheese chunks.
Ben and Chan liked it, Jake did not.
Next time, I will totally leave out the cream cheese.

About Me

Unschooling mama from the start with 2014, 2016 and 2018 graduation dates. I enjoy camping, reading, swimming, hiking and photography.