Cool Off With Homemade Ice Cream

Before electricity, iced desserts were a luxury. American colonists learned to harvest ice each winter and carefully pack it in sawdust to last all summer long. By the late 1700s, confectioners began selling frozen treats to the public, with founding fathers Ben Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson all known to have regularly enjoyed ice cream.

Amanda Cunningham, Staff Writer


From our Readers:

Aunt Brenda’s Homemade Ice Cream

Connie Aylor, Etlan, Virginia


6 eggs
2 cups sugar
6 cups milk
2 cups whipping cream
14-oz. can sweetened
condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla


Using a mixer, beat eggs and add sugar gradually. Combine liquids and add to egg mixture. Add fruit if you’d like. Pour in ice cream freezer, adding milk as needed to reach the fill line. Once the freezer stops, enjoy some wonderful ice cream!


From our Readers:

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Kathy Fleming, Winchester, Virginia


2½ cups sugar, divided
2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon salt
3 eggs, beaten
4 cups milk
1 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon vanilla
6 cups peeled, chopped peaches


Combine 1½ cups sugar, flour and salt. Add eggs and blend well. Add milk and cook slowly until slightly thickened. Allow to cool. Add whipping cream, vanilla and peaches sweetened with remaining sugar. Pour in ice cream freezer and freeze. Makes 1 gallon.


From our Readers:

Black Walnut Ice Cream

Christina Snapp, Stephenson, Virginia


5 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons rock salt
2 teaspoons black walnut extract
1¼ tablespoons vanilla
5 cups milk
1½ cups black walnuts
7 cups whipping cream


In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add other ingredients, mix well and pour into an ice cream freezer. Close lid and fill about 1⁄3 of the way with ice, then add rock salt until the ice is covered. Repeat twice, then turn freezer on until ice cream hardens. Serve right away. Makes 1 gallon.


From Our Readers:

Banana-Pineapple Ice Cream

Joann Frazier Hensley, McGaheysville, Virginia


8 cups half-and-half, divided
2 3.4-oz. packages instant vanilla pudding
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup sugar
1 small, ripe banana
20-oz. can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
1 teaspoon vanilla


Blend 3 cups of half-and-half and one package of pudding in blender; pour in 6-quart-capacity ice cream freezer, then repeat this step. Blend remaining 2 cups half-and-half, whipping cream, sugar, banana, pineapple and vanilla. Stir into mixture in ice cream freezer can, then freeze until ready. Makes 6 quarts.



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