There is no better way to celebrate June Dairy Month than with ice cream! I am a huge advocate of homemade ice cream; it is the best birthday present a girl could receive. When I was a young girl we used to go to the mountains in the summer and on 4th of July a special treat would always await us. Homemade snow pack ice cream! (Hand churned with snow instead of ice)
Children love ice cream and they love to help in the kitchen, but churning ice cream is hard work. Fortunately, I have a great solution. I found this recipe for "Squeeze Freeze Ice Cream" in the recipe section of their website. It is a great recipe, makes delicious ice cream and is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time and summer fun with your children.
1 Tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon salt
½ cup whole milk
You will also need:
Small re-sealable plastic bag
Large re-sealable plastic bag
Put sugar and vanilla in small plastic bag. Also put salt in large plastic bag. Hold the small bag open and pour in milk. Remove as much air as possible from the bag and properly seal. Drop the small bag in to the large plastic bag with salt in it. Add 18-20 ice cubes. Remove as much air as possible from the large bag and properly seal. Knead the bag for approximately 10 minutes, making sure ice in the larger bag surrounds the smaller bag. When a soft ice cream is formed, remove small bag from large bag, open and eat right out of bag with a plastic spoon. For extra fun, add fresh seasonal fruit or other favorite ice cream toppings.
**Note: It is important to use whole milk. Other types of milk take too long to freeze. Salt is also very important. Without it, the ice cream will not freeze. One pint of half and half can be added to a gallon of milk. This makes the ice cream richer and freezes faster. Be sure to have plenty of paper towels on hand.
To learn more about Midwest Dairy Association and dairy farm families check out their website www.midwestdairy.com
. You can also print these
coloring activities, provided by dairy farmers, to give your children the opportunity to learn about where their favorite dairy foods come from.
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