Green Ways To Make Ice Cream
Making your own ice cream offers several ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Most importantly, it eliminates the processing and packaging involved in producing the store-bought product. It also decreases the carbon emissions that result from shipping all those pints and gallons to the grocery store. From a health standpoint, it prevents all those scientifically-named ingredients (are they even edible?) from entering your system. And it even eliminates the potential for freezer-burned waste because the recipe yields individual portions.
But honestly, when I was a kid, homemade ice cream was the coolest thing I’d ever heard of. So I wanted to share this recipe with the children (and the young at heart) of the world.
What you’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup milk or half & half
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 tablespoons rock salt
- 1 pint-size plastic bag (such as Ziploc)
- 1 gallon-size plastic bag
- ice cubes
How to make it:
- Fill the gallon bag half full of ice.
- Add the rock salt, and seal the bag.
- Put the milk, vanilla and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
- Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again.
- Shake, shake, shake until the mixture is the consistency of ice cream (about 5 minutes).
- Wipe off the top of the small bag and open it carefully.
Tip: To avoid freezing your hands, wrap a dish towel around the bag.
You can make any flavor (or combination of flavors) that you’d like. Try replacing the vanilla with mint extract or a teaspoon of cocoa. Get creative and enjoy!
Recipe is compliments of Kaboose.com.
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