Thursday, May 6, 2010

Homemade Ice Cream: First Time!

This past Christmas I asked for and received an ice cream maker in our family's gift exchange.  Since we had our house on the market and were in the process of moving until just recently, I didn't have a chance to use it until this week.  On Monday, after my grocery shopping, I started the process of making (delicious) homemade ice cream.  The ice cream maker is from Aroma, and I really have no complaints about it so far (after one use :)  I know there are tons of recipes out there for making ice cream, but I wanted to start with the basics, so I made the vanilla ice cream recipe from the Aroma manual. 

Yum, yum!  I love the vanilla flavor and the richness of the ice cream.  My husband says he loves the taste too.  My son loved watching the whole process, especially when I layered the ice and rock salt in the wooden bucket.  He kept saying, "peam," which is his word right now for ice cream.  And boy did he love it!  I can definitely envision this as a fun family activity for years to come. 

I froze the leftovers in plastic yogurt containers, which didn't work out the best.  Tonight when I went to scoop up a bowl, I tried to use a knife to loosen some of the ice cream from the edge of the container.  Well, I poked a hole right in the side of the container, so I'm going to have to think something more sturdy to put these delicious creations in.  Maybe just a regular ice cream bucket?  What do you use?

I'd love to hear from some of you experts out there.  What are your favorite recipes?  Now that I've made my first batch, I'd love to experiment with something new!      

(I apologize for the lack of pictures in this and upcoming posts.  My camera is currently out of commision and I'm trying to convince DH that we NEED a DSLR!)


  1. Growing up, we had homemade ice cream at every summer family event. It was sooooo good! We never had leftovers, so I can't help you on the container :) My grandma always made up the recipe and it was up to my dad and my uncles to run the maker. My grandma passed away a couple years ago. We still make ice cream with her recipe, but its not quite the same. I'm sure she had her own secret touch that none of us knew about!!

  2. I have always wanted to try making my own ice cream! I have never had homemade ice cream but I imagine, like everything else homemade, that it is much better than what you can buy in the store.


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