Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Easy Strawberry Ice Cream {Summer is Here}

Monday was the first official day of summer. But here in Texas summer has been underway for quite sometime now. We have already had a few 100 degree days and there is just more to come.

I love summer, but I don't think I will ever get used the hot, humid, sticky Texas weather that comes along with it.

However there are a few things about summer that I do enjoy. No school, summer vacation, a trip to our local berry farm, swimming, backyard barbecues and cranking up the old ice cream maker. Homemade ice cream is one of our favorite summer treats.

 It is also a fun activity for the kids and the perfect recipe to get them involved in the kitchen.

When we make ice cream I usually let the kids do all the work. Of course to them making ice cream is all fun and no work.

 The kids love adding all the ingredients all by themselves and then gather around the ice cream maker and patiently wait for it to do it's magic.

 It's so fun to sit back and watch our youngest ones while they wait, they get so giddy and excited! One of our favorite flavors is strawberry, so today I want to share a recipe for a simple homemade Strawberry Ice Cream.

This recipe only requires a handful of ingredients so it's easy and inexpensive. Today Carson is helping me with all the ice cream ingredients. He was so excited when he found out we were making strawberry ice cream.

If strawberry isn't your favorite then feel free to mix it up a bit by interchanging soda flavors. You can use peach soda and frozen peaches to make peach ice cream.
 

Pineapple soda and a small can of crushed pineapple for a wonderful pineapple ice cream or just use orange soda to make a simple orange sherbet. So you see this recipe is very versatile.

I have included the recipe post along with some step by step photos of Carson showing you how to make this wonderful treat. Enjoy!!!!

These are the ingredients you will need: 2 - cans sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, frozen strawberries w/juices, one quart strawberry soda, crushed ice, rock salt for the ice cream pail (if needed)

Start by grabbing a helper to add the first three ingredients to the ice cream maker. They usually are not hard to come by, kids love to help with this part.

After you add those ingredients add milk up to the fill line on the canister, making sure to leave at least 3 inches of head space.

Add the ice cream paddle and place the lid on the canister.

Place the canister into the freezer pail making sure to center the canister in the pail. Add some ice to hold the canister in place and then attach the motor.

Start your ice cream maker and begin packing the space around the canister with ice and rock salt. Continue adding ice and salt until it reaches the top, but do not cover the top of the ice cream canister.

Make sure the drainage hole on the bottom stays open and can drain somewhere that wont damage your surface. We place ours at the end of our garage right on the edge so it can drain.

Freezing can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes, so add more ice and salt as needed. When the ice cream is done the ice cream maker will stop.

Remove the canister from the ice cream maker. Open the lid and remove the paddle. This is our favorite part.

Everyone usually fights to see who can get to that ice cream paddle the fastest to get that first taste. At this stage the ice cream is soft so we usually transfer the ice cream to a large bowl and freeze until ready to use.

Simple Strawberry Ice Cream, Enjoy!


Here is my little guy enjoying his ice cream. He was so excited to use the bowl that mommy took her photos with.




Easy Strawberry Ice Cream
{mommyskitchen.net}

Ingredients:
2 - 14 oz cans sweetened condensed milk
1 - quart (4 cups) strawberry soda
1 - 12-16 oz container of frozen strawberries w/juice
whole milk (approx. 3 cups only add enough to fill up to the "fill line" of your ice cream maker
crushed ice & rock salt for the ice cream pail, if needed)

Directions:
Add the first three ingredients to a 4 quart electric ice cream maker. Add enough milk up to the fill line on the ice cream canister, making sure to leave at least 3 inches of head space.

Add the paddle and place the lid on the canister. Place the whole canister into the freezer pail making sure to center the canister in the pail.

Add some ice to hold the canister in place and then attach the motor. Start your ice cream maker and begin packing the space around the canister with ice and rock salt.

Continue adding ice and salt until it reaches the top, but do not cover the top of the ice cream canister.

Make sure the drainage hole on the bottom stays open and can drain somewhere that wont damage your surface. 

Freezing can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes, so add more ice and salt as needed. You will know when the ice cream is done because the ice cream maker will slow down and then stop when finished.

Remove the canister from the ice cream maker.  Open the lid and remove the paddle. At this stage the ice cream is soft. We transfer the ice cream to a large bowl and freeze until ready to use.

Cook's Note: This recipe was prepared in a 4 quart ice cream maker.




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28 comments:

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said... #

Oh-ho ... now that says 'summertime' for sure! Makes me wish we had an ice cream maker...

Enjoy it, Tina!

Avril Miller said... #

LOVE homemade ice cream!!!! Especially Strawberry ice cream! - do you think I could make this recipe in my Kitchen Aid Ice Cream Maker?

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Hi Colleen this is our second ice cream maker and we purchased both of them at Target. They are really reasonably priced. We have had this one for awhile now. I also know cuisinart makes one as well. I think they are around $40.

Avril I dont see why not if it makes ice cream you should be able to. I dont know how much a kitchen aid ice cream maker holds so you might have to adjust the measurements. Then just proceed according to your manuf. directions.

Amy from She Wears Many Hats said... #

YUUUUUM! I've been cranking out some different combos already but nothing beats fresh strawberry.

See you soon!

Laura said... #

I am gonna have to try your version. Love the addition of the strawberry soda!!!!!

anniebakes said... #

I just made 3 flavors of ice cream over the weekend, including strawberry!! we were all in lactose heaven!! I use Cuisinart brand

anne
www.anniebakes.net

Rebekah said... #

Oh wow! Does this look good!
I have to ask though, why the strawberry soda? Is it just a personal preference or does it make the ice cream 'work'?

Lisa said... #

mmmm! Looks good!

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

It gives it the really fruity strawberry flavor. I got this recipe from a friend a long time ago. She got it from her MIL and it is the easiest strawberry ice cream to make. We made it once and have been making it ever since.

Cookie baker Lynn said... #

Gorgeous strawberry ice cream! That just says summer right there.

Mary at Deep South Dish said... #

That looks so good Tina! I've not tried this one yet, though I have heard of it. Sure looks perfect to me!

☺lani☺ said... #

Yum! It must be good! I wish I could make like that, maybe someday, just that I don't want to invest more kitchen stuff since I'm only living here until October.
Almost weekend Tina, Have one!

Michelle said... #

Yum! Love strawberry anything! Just wanted to let you know that My Girl, Paula is up and running again. http://my-girl-paula.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said... #

I have a five quart ice cream maker. Is that the size you're using? This recipe sounds great, but it's not clear to me what size maker to use, or how to adjust for various sizes.

K- floortime lite mama said... #

what gorgeous pics

Simply Life said... #

Yum! That ice cream looks delicious!

Alison Zulyniak said... #

This looks soooo good. I was just thinking the other day how i'd like to experiment with some home made ice cream for my kids. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Anonymous the ice cream was prepared in a 4 quart ice cream makes. I have adjusted the recipe to reflect. I dont see why you couldn't make this in a 5 quart ice cream maker.

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Laurie said... #

I hope everything is ok! I missed your Sunday Potluck this week!

Earl's Daughter said... #

Refreshing! Will add to things to make this Summer, grabbed your button too.

Jamie said... #

I came to your site from your guest post at Aggie's Kitchen. Aggie is my sister-in-law. I wanted to check out your blog. You've got some great down home recipes.(my kind of cooking) Your homemade ice cream looks so creamy and delicious. I don't have an ice cream maker but when I see all these wonderful ice creams, I want to purchase one. I'll be back!

tracy said... #

I just made your Strawberry Ice Cream....It was so easy....Oh, and delicious...I couldn't resist a little sampling...I can't wait to share it with my family at our holiday celebration... Thanks..

Anonymous said... #

Dumb question--but I assume I need to thaw the strawberries first? Just wanted to double check before I make it tomorrow when the in-laws come for dinner. This sounds like a very easy recipe--looking forward to it.

Bev said... #

oh, I am going to give that one a try it looks delicious and I have strawberries in my freezer.

Candi said... #

That look amazing!!!

marla {family fresh cooking} said... #

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Erica Scott-Quick said... #

Hi! I love your website and I love this ice cream recipe. Just made some for my kids and they had fun making it with me and eating it. I didn't have any sweetened condensed milk, so I had to find a recipe online that I could make without powdered milk. Could you add a recipe to your website under substitutions? It was a life saver when I realized I didn't have any. Thanks and keep up the good work here, we all appreciate it!!!