This afternoon, on the way home, I drove past a Marble Slab Creamery. The neon sign was blinking “Homemade Ice Cream.” And, I’m like, “I don’t bloody think so!” Homemade ice cream is made like this…
Mom lovingly stirs up the ingredients on the stove, scalding the milk just right. Dad gets out the hand-crank ice cream maker. The milky mix is poured all steamy into the canister, lowered into the wooden bucket full of ice with rock salt on the top. Old quilts are laid over the bucket so the kids can sit on the top and keep things steady while Dad cranks with a strong, firm pace.
Thirty minutes later, the top of the canister is pried off and everyone takes turns spooning up the most delicious, creamy ice cream ever, bar none, no comparison. Really.
Here’s the recipe handed down from my grandmother.
Three Quart Freezer Ice Cream–Hand Crank
5 eggs beaten
2 quarts milk-scalded
Add 1 tablespoon flour to 1 3/4 Cup sugar and add to the milk
Add the eggs.
Cook 1 minute.
Add 1 can Carnation evaporated milk and 1 tablespoon vanilla
Feel free to add Texas peaches or other fruit.
Hand-crank with love.
That’s homemade ice cream.