Making Ice Cream at Home

Heidi Harkopf, MS, RD| View Author Bio

There aren’t too many foods that start as favorites in childhood and still make the top favorite food list as an adult. But ice cream is sure to be one of them!

And while it tastes great all year, there is something about summer that makes this cool, creamy treat extra special! In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. As a matter of fact, ice cream has a rich history in the United States.

Ice Cream & Food Science for Kids

Because ice cream and frozen yogurt are easy to make, it is a great way to introduce your children to basic kitchen skills. And it’s a fun way to teach science with a tasty outcome! For example, your children will learn why salt is critical to the freezing process and why agitation makes it smooth and not like a popsicle.

The Basic Recipe

With just cream, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt, you can have this delicious vanilla ice cream on the table in 30 minutes! Topped with berries, it will be a treat your entire family will enjoy.

And by experimenting with different fat levels of milk and altering the sugar, you can have a dessert custom made for you and your dietary goals. If you want to capture all the health benefits of the probiotics in yogurt, you are just three ingredients away from enjoying frozen yogurt.

Do I Need an Ice Cream Maker?

No. Some recipes will instruct to use an ice cream maker, which assures an optimum temperature for freezing and consistent churning for smoothness. But if you don’t have an ice cream maker, consider making ice cream in a bag or in a mason jar–both call for a fun family activity. Even your handheld mixer can be used to make this cool treat!

No matter the method, making ice cream and frozen yogurt at home allows you to customize a frozen summertime dessert that fits into your dietary goals and brings your children into the kitchen.

Check out this segment from July 2017 when I showed our friends at WFSB Better Connecticut how easy and fun it can be to make ice cream at home.

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