Pioneer Day Ice Cream

Traditionally Pioneer Day, July 24th, is perfect for picnics and making homemade ice cream together as family and friends. July is also National Ice Cream Month – what a great combination! This recipe maybe frozen in a variety of ways for fun and entertainment, see instructions below. Recipe makes approximately 3 quarts.
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk, place in freezer about 1 hour (whip)
2 package (10 oz.) frozen berries, strawberries (or other fruit)
2 cups sugar
1 can (6 oz.) lemonade concentrate
2 cups whipping cream, whipped
2 cups milk
1/8 teaspoon salt (brings out the flavor)

Place evaporated milk in freezer approximately 1 hour before freezing ice cream. Thaw berries or other fruit and mix with sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar. Stir in lemonade concentrate. Whip chilled evaporated milk (milk should have ice crystals forming around edges). Whip cream – but only to a soft stage. Fold cream, whipped evaporated milk and berries together. Add milk. Freeze according to directions below.

Traditional electric or hand crank freezer,

Fill canister 1/2 to 2/3 full with ice cream mix and place inside freezer bucket. Evenly distribute 2 inches ice around canister, sprinkle with 1/4 rock salt. Continue layering until freezer bucket is filled with ice. Make sure drain hole in bucket is unobstructed. Hand crank until it becomes too difficult to turn or allow electric motor to run until it shuts off (or according to manufactures directions). Immediately unplug ice cream freezer. Drain brine, and pack freezer bucket with more salt and ice. Allow ice cream to ripen.

Tin Can Ice Cream

Fill a clean 1 pound coffee can 2/3 full of ice cream mix (or use a tall one quart plastic container with a tight fitting lid). Place smaller can inside a larger #10 can (or gallon plastic bottle) with a tight lid. Fill larger container with ice and salt. For every one-inch of ice add 2 tablespoons rock salt. Place lid on second can. Gently roll can back and forth to freeze ice cream. It will take approximately 45 minutes to freeze.

Counter Top Appliance Freezer

Each ice cream maker is a little different and requires differing amount of mix. Use the above recipe, fill to manufacturers recommendations and freeze according to manufacturers directions.

Freezer Method

Pour ice cream mix in a large bowl, cover and place in freezer. Allow to freeze approximately 1 hour, or until ice crystals begin to form. Remove from freezer and beat mix with electric beater, return to freezer. Repeat process. Each time the ice cream will freezer a little harder. The more the ice cream is beat the smoother the texture will be. Continue process until ice cream is too stiff to beat further. Hand stir the last couple of times.

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