It was super-duper hot yesterday, here in Florida. So hot in fact, it was the perfect time for ice cream. Alas, we didn't have any in our freezer. Since we were getting ready for an afternoon splash in the pool, it wasn't a good time for a bicycle ride to the store. I then remembered making ice cream as a child in a coffee can. We didn't have a coffee can available, but I was able to find a couple of can containers in our recycling bin. We spent the next 1/2 hour together making a simple, yummy vanilla ice cream that we enjoyed together before heading out to the pool. You can make ice cream with your children in your own recycled ice cream churn too -- read on to learn how.
What you will need:
For the Ice Cream Churn
– 2 containers with lids (one needs to fit inside of the other)
– 1/2 cup of salt
For the Vanilla Ice Cream
Step 1: Make the Ice Cream Mix
Step 2: Seal Tightly
Step 3: Add Ice
Step 4: Add the Ice Cream Container
Step 4: Add more Ice and the Salt
Step 5: Get Rolling
If you have two or more children, have them sit on the floor in a circle and roll the ice cream churn back and forth to each other. If you have an only child (like me!) you can be part of the fun and roll the churn with your child.
Step 6: Watch and Feel the Churn get Frosty!
The combination of ice, salt and rolling the churn causes the ice cream mixture inside to freeze. The container will get cold and a small amount of frost will accumulate on the outside. My son found this part of the process to be fascinating. To get a creamy, thick consistency you will want to roll the churn for around 30 minutes. When the children are giggling, rolling and talking about the frost on the churn, the time goes by quickly.
Step 7: Remove the Ice Cream Container from the Churn
Step 8: Enjoy a scoop
This mixture will make around 4 scoops of ice cream. Your children will delight in eating cold ice cream that they made all by themselves.
Have you made an ice cream churn before? Please leave your comments below!