I grew up where the summer was marked by many nights of Dad pulling out the ice cream maker and letting us take turns churning the handle until our little arms got tired. Dad would keep churning until we all would up with delicious treats of our own creation — peach, berry, or just plain vanilla.
I don’t know if it’s the homemade, or just the working for it, but something about homemade ice cream just tastes so much better, doesn’t it?
I’ve been wishing for an ice cream maker lately, but instead of buying a large piece of equipment that is one more thing to store during the other 9 months, I came across this genius idea to use items most of us already have — coffee cans!
Use your standard favorite homemade ice cream recipe (1 cup heavy cream, 1 cup milk, 1 egg, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and whatever else you might like to throw in). Mix and place in a clean coffee can. Cover and tape shut. Place that coffee can in a larger coffee can and surround with four parts ice to one part rock salt. Cover, and roll back and forth (the kids can do this on the picnic table or sidewalk between them — make it a fun game!) for about 10 minutes. Uncover and stir the ice cream. Cover and tape shut again, and continue rolling for about 5 more minutes.
(This would be a great thing to take camping! What a treat to sit under the stars and enjoy a paper cup full of cold ice cream!)