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COMPASS MAGAZINE > September 2017


Homemade ice cream

By Taylor Melton
Translated by Anna Yang

Homemade ice cream

Homemade ice cream is quick, easy, fun and cheap to make. Without preservatives and using only a handful of ingredients, it has a unique and delicious flavor and texture not found in commercial ice creams. Making your own ice cream requires no cooking, skill, timing, or expensive equipment. This is a great activity for couples, house parties, and even kids, who can get in on the action.

The only equipment needed to freeze the ice cream is ice, salt, a large ziplock bag and a large pot. The salt lowers the freezing point, causing the ice to melt and bringing the temperature of the water down to -6 Celsius--just the right temperature to freeze the ice cream. Placing the bag in the freezer will freeze the mixture too quickly, resulting in a block of ice.

A vanilla ice cream base involves only four ingredients and makes one serving.
1/4 cup (70ml) milk
1/4 cup (70ml) cream
1 tablespoon (18ml) white sugar
1/4 teaspoon (1.5ml) vanilla extract or 1/4 vanilla bean.

Mix the above ingredients into a large ziplock bag and seal well. Fill the bottom of the pot with ice and cover with 1/4 cup (70ml) of regular table salt. Place the ziplock bag with the ingredients on top of the ice and salt mixture. Cover with more ice and another 1/4 cup (70ml) of salt. Grab the pot handles and shake in quick, hard circles for 5-10 minutes. If the ice cream doesn't begin to harden after five minutes, shake the pot harder.

Open the bag, scoop into a bowl, garnish with fruits or sauces of your choice and serve immediately.

This basic vanilla ice cream recipe can be used as the basis for flavored ice creams, for example:

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream:
Add as many chocolate chips as desired to the ziplock bag before shaking.

Chocolate Ice Cream:
Add one teaspoon (6ml) chocolate syrup to the vanilla base before shaking.

Blueberry Ice Cream:
Place ice cream ingredients into a blender with 1/4 cup (85g) blueberries and blend until smooth. Follow the above instructions. Substitute blueberries with any other berry or berry combination.

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