So the ice cream maker debate continued on, should I get it? Should I wait for Christmas or a birthday present? Should I just dig out the one from the garage and struggle to make it more often with the machine we have? Oh the decisions! Many days I just ignore it sitting in my amazon cart. That was until the one day I stopped by a garage sale this summer. And guess what was staring at me, yes my ice cream machine. And it was BRAND NEW in the box for $8! Shocked to say the least I snatched that box and wouldn't let go. I'm pretty sure there would have been a fight if anyone even came near me to ask what was in the box! For $8 this thing was coming home with me and I have to say I love it. I'm glad I waited to get a good deal on it but if I knew how easy it would be to make homemade ice cream I would have splurged sooner and bought one!
So if you are like me and have been wondering if you should get one or not, don't hold back! You won't be disappointed at all.
Since it was new it still have all the paper work with it and the kids and I thumbed though all the recipes too. We decided our first try at it was going to be just basic vanilla with some extras to add in.
Vanilla ice cream
1 cup cold whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1-2 teaspoons vanilla to taste
that's it! How awesome is 4 ingredient ice cream? You can substitute lower fat's in this recipe. This first time we made it we used half and half instead of heavy cream and skim milk instead of whole. I also have decreased my sugar to 1/2 cup instead and the kids (or Mr. Bacon for that matter) have noticed a difference.
Mix the milk and sugar in a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved, then add in the cream and vanilla. Stir until everything is mixed well. Pour the liquid into your ice cream bowl, add what every parts your machine says and turn the thing on! Can you see the kids had a blast watching it go around!
Even Bacon Bit needed to take a look!
This time while it was mixing up we decided to chop up some Reese's peanut butter cups.
Again about 3/4 of a cup full. And add them during the last 5 minutes of mixing the ice cream.
Mixing, mixing, mixing... done!Delicious homemade ice cream. Yes this tasted just like a DQ blizzard only better! We really do enjoy our ice cream maker, my only regret was not getting it sooner!