I need an ice cream maker.
My family has been making ice cream forever. Dad talks about the old hand crank model he was in charge of as a kid. I remember my grandparents using some kind of electric wood and metal contraption. And mom and dad have a pretty ugly blue and white plastic thing that gets the job done.
Making ice cream is one part tradition, one part science project. When else would a kid learn that salt lowers water’s freezing temperature from 32 to 0 degrees F, thus speeding the ice cream-making process? (Never.) And how else would you learn the importance of churning for aeration and avoidance of ice crystals? (Again, never.)
While our signature Levans ice cream is chocolate caramel, an artisan flavor achieved by mixing in melted Milky Way candy bars (duh), Dad is a fan of plain old vanilla. And on Father’s Day, Dad gets what Dad wants.
Good Old Vanilla Ice Cream
- 3 cups milk
- 1.75 cups sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups heavy cream
- Scald milk in a saucepan
- Remove from heat and add sugar and salt, stirring until dissolved
- Add remaining ingredients, stir and refrigerate at least 2 hours
- Pour mix into an ice cream maker lined with salted ice and follow instructions for freezing
To make a flavored ice cream, just add three cups of pureed fruit or candy of choice.
When I get an ice cream maker I’ll make a vegan coconut version of this.