I found this ice cream maker on clearance at the end of the summer for just $20. At that price I knew it would be coming home with me. Our family enjoys ice cream quite a bit, but I've noticed that a lot of ice cream just doesn't taste the same these days. This got me looking at ingredients on ice cream cartons when I visited the grocery store. Some of them didn't even have cream as an ingredient. You can't have ice cream without cream. Now that we have this little gem we've been making our own ice cream and it has been wonderful.
The children enjoy watching this process just as much as I do. It's fun to watch this liquid concoction get thick.
We decided to make Pepsi floats on this particular day. Floats are a favorite of my Lutheran Stud's. I prefer plain old ice cream.
Floats are perfect in a Rockies Mason jar. . .if you're a Rockies fan, which we are. Enjoy! Once you begin making your own ice cream there's no turning back. Everything else just doesn't taste right.
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
2 cups heavy cream, divided
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine 1 cup of the cream with the sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the pan and drop in the vanilla pod. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the remaining 1 cup of cream, the milk and the vanilla.
Cover and refrigerate until the mixture is well chilled. Remove the vanilla bean before churning. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Recipe courtesy of Annie's Eats.