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May 14, 2007

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I bet it was!

I golfed and it was wonderful! I've never made home made ice cream. Probably because I don't have a machine. I'm glad you had a pleasant Mother's Day.

that sounds wonderful. I am curious, is it possible to make ice-cream/sherbert without an ice cream maker?

Not sure, but I think the continuous mixing (either by machine or by hand) during the initial freezing is what gives the ice cream its final consistency. Without mixing, I think the ingredients would separate out and you'd end up with a lot of ice cubes and frozen fruity chunks with a layer of frosty cream on top.

Husband's got a point: the consistency won't be quite as creamy, but you can still do it.

Follow the recipe up until the part where it brings up the machine. Pour the mixture into a large bowl (the larger the better so there's more surface area exposed to the cold air). Cover and put it in the freezer. After half an hour, take it out and mix thoroughly. This will redistribute the ice crystals. Put it back in the freezer and repeat 3 or 4 more times in half hour increments. Then, you can freeze it undisturbed.

My son also did a project at his preschool where they put the ice cream mixture in a Ziploc sandwich bag, sealed tight. You put that bag into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag filled with ice and salt, and seal that up tight. Then you shake it up for what seems like forever, until frozen. It was more like slush than ice cream, but the kids still thought it was cool.

thanks for the tips. I remember reading somewhere that using a blender might work as well. Or maybe I will invest in an ice-cream maker, I eat enough of the stuff!

Actually, a blender is a great idea! Just stick the covered container in the freezer, and then take it out and give it a whirl every half hour or so. Brilliant.

Dad, something else to try with your blender!

I can remember those days when a blissfully quiet day was the greatest Mother's Day gift ever. I bet they had just as much fun at the zoo!
We haven't made icecream in years...time to dust off the crank machine.

Crank? Wha?

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