Ice Cream Is Summer In a Bowl

| 9/3/2014 8:39:00 AM

Tags: Summer, Ice Cream, Frozen Desserts, Homemade Ice Cream, Lois Hoffman,

Country MoonLabor Day is traditionally the end of summer. Children go back to school, and corn-on-the-cob, lazy afternoons in the hammock and summer baseball are just memories.

Ice cream is my summer passion and one of the biggest reasons I hate to see the season go. Oh sure, you can have the frozen treat all year round, but there is just something about that sweet concoction dripping down a cone on a sultry day.

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No one is exactly sure how ice cream was developed, but it dates back to 1744 when some American colonists brought recipes from Europe. The first written account of eating it was from a Scottish colonist who described it as “a dessert was some fine ice cream which, with strawberries and milk, ate most deliciously.” In other words, it was just plain good!

Until the early 1800s, the “pot freezer method” was the only way to make ice cream. Simply, it was putting the ice cream mixture in a pot then putting that pot into a larger pot filled with ice and salt. They would stir the contents until it froze. Nancy Johnson of Philadelphia patented the first artificial ice cream freezer in 1843. It contained a tub, cylinder, lid, dasher (stirrer) and crank and is still the basic design used today.

9/5/2014 5:14:38 AM

Thanks for these recipes. Homemade ice cream is the best.

9/4/2014 10:19:36 AM

Lois, oh, yeah. Homemade icecream is one of my favorite summer treats. The first time I decided to make homemade ice cream with my grandson here in my home, he looked surprised and said, "We can make icecream?" It was fun to watch his excitement and then the tasting of the finished product. Hopefully, I taught him a lot about life before he left to live with his Dad in Texas. I wish I'd had a little more time with him but I am glad I had the five years that I did have. ***** Have a great homemade icecream day.

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