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Homemade Ice Cream…is there anything better?

Every year (for like 2+ decades) our church holds an ice cream social at one of the Emporia Municipal Band concerts in the park.  For years I was simply a consumer of the homemade ice cream because, lets face it, homemade ice cream is completely delicious, but for the past couple of years I’ve made my own to add to the cause.  I’ve found a recipe (thanks to Lori from church) that works great for me every time and is super easy.  

What you’ll need:

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2 cups milk, 1 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 cups half and half, 1 T vanilla, 4 cups whipping cream.

First, you need to scald the milk.  Basically you need heat the milk until you see little bubbles form around the edges.

ImageOnce you have scalded the milk, remove it from the heat and add your sugar and salt.  Stir until the salt and sugar have completely dissolved.  Next, add in your half and half, vanilla and whipping cream. 

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You can add strawberries or peaches at this point if you want – if the ingredients don’t go to the fill line in your ice cream freezer, you can fill in the rest of the space with milk.  At this point, cover the freezer with the lid and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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Now it’s time to freeze the ice cream! Load up your freezer according to the directions on your ice cream maker.  Basically you want to layer ice and salt around the freezer and then plug it in.  I let mine go for about 35 minutes.

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After the 35 minutes (in which I added in more ice/salt), I checked to make sure it looked like it was ice cream, took out the paddle, and let it sit in the ice bath for about another 45 minutes…finally it was finished!

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The bad news is, I have to WAIT to eat it…the GOOD news is, you can have some too.  Come to Fremont Park at 7:15 tonight to enjoy tons of different kinds of homemade ice cream. I know there will be vanilla and strawberry there…and I HOPE Mrs. Koch will bring her cookies and cream! 

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