Homemade Ice Cream

It has been so unbearably hot the last few weeks.  I’ve been shutting down the windows first thing in the morning and pulling the shades to keep the cool night air in and the hot out.  At sundown we open everything up again.  I’m doing very little cooking as well as hubby!  This kind of weather slows down the appetite which is a blessing for my belly and hips and we eat lots of salads.  And on that point, I have had a grand hankering for some homemade ice cream.  Peach preferably or cherry since I have both of those fresh from the market.  Anyway, hubby asked last evening when I was planning to make that ice cream and I told him as soon as he got the ice cream maker out of storage.  Within thirty minutes, we had everything out, cleaned up and ready to crank it up!!!  I was so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’ve included my recipe below and the next batch will have the peaches or cherries in.  I said next because I wasn’t sure the recipe below was our favorite so we decided to go easy the first time around.  The recipe card has been starred with some extra notes for the best darned homemade ice cream in the whole world, even if we did make it!!  Here’s the recipe:

Mix together the following and pour it into the ice cream can for process and follow your

ice cream machine instructions from here:

2 quarts heavy cream

2 cups of sugar

1 tablespoon of vanilla

1/4 teaspoon of salt

Mix together until the sugar is dissolved & process.  If you are going to add fruit, puree it first and cut back on the cream & sugar a little or it will cause the can to run over!  This recipe made a full gallon for us and it’s divine!!

Did I say my belly and hips were being blessed by the heat??  NOT!!!!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

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