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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Great Idea For Snow Areas: Snow Ice Cream

Snow Ice Cream

If you are in areas that have snow yearly and like us this year just got DUMPED on and Below Freezing temps. You might enjoy this fun idea and memory to make with your kiddo's.

The night the snow is expected to fall, you will want to place a clean ice cream (gallon) plastic bucket outside. Suggestion: If you have a plant iron hanger (that you hang flowers from in the summer), then let the bucket hang from it to collect the snow. Obviously you want the bucket UP off the ground, not to be gross, but you don't want any animal droppings in your snow.

Once the snow has collected then you will need to following ingredients. But before I note the ingredients I want to note that different recipes call for different ingredients. So I will note the three main ingredients and note also the substitutions below them. I will also note what we used in our own recipe.

Ingredients

White Sugar
Vanilla Extract
Dash salt


last ingredient can be substituted with either:

Milk, 1/2 & 1/2 or 1 can of carnation instant milk 


optional:

flavoring: Cocoa, Flavored Milk or Syrup and some use food coloring. 


Now of course everybody does it differently. I have seen some people even add an egg. NOT ME! Lol! Our recipe is short and simple. I will note the same recipe we used below and with out the flavoring. Then I will note the recipe with the flavoring changes below it. You can pick which recipe is for you and your family.

Because this is snow ice cream I do recommend having all of your ingredients ready before you mix in the snow. We have an attached garage and being that this year our temps have been in the negatives, I opted to bundle up and take the remaining ingredients to the garage and stir them in once I added the snow. You can do this if your crazy like me or just put your mixing bowl in a tub of ice and keep it cool when you add the snow in. You do not want your snow to melt right away. (These are just precautionary tips)


Recipe A - Plain White Snow Ice Cream

Ingredients:
1 Cup  White Sugar
Dash of salt
1 TBSP.  Vanilla Extract
2 Cups  White Milk  (or any of above substitution)
1 Gallon filled Ice Cream Bin of SNOW 

(Just to note:  1 (gallon) filled ice cream bin of snow, when all said and done makes at or almost a half gallon of snow ice cream. So in case you are looking to make more then that you will want to add double of ingredients above and stick 2 gallon ice cream bins outside to collect snow).


Directions:  In the bowl you will keep your ice cream in: Pour 1 cup of milk, 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract and mix it together.  

Have the remaining ingredients ready for when you add your snow in. 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of white sugar with a dash of salt already in sugar. 

Pour snow in to the already mixed ingredients, stir together and then add the remaining ingredients and continue mixing. (if you are mixing 2 gallons you will obviously want to do this in increments and mix). The snow will begin forming or clumping together, it will thicken quickly and then quickly begin melting.  

Some people eat directly afterwards. If this is you, scoop out quickly and enjoy. (Tip: good idea if your bowls are pre-chilled to help the ice cream last longer.) Other wise if you are like us and want to enjoy it, after you have completely stirred your snow ice cream, put the lid on it and place it in the freezer for chilling, 8+ hours or over night.

Im a funny duddy, I opt to stick the snow ice cream outside for naturally chilling for about 15 minutes so that everyone could have a small bowl before I stuck it in the freezer to chill over night. LOL! Hey the temps outside were colder then my freezer, why not?! LOL! 






Recipe B - Flavored Snow Ice Cream

Ingredients:
1 Cup  White Sugar
Dash of salt
1 TBSP.  Vanilla Extract
1 Cup  Chocolate Milk            (see flavoring details below)
1/2 cup of White Milk           (optional: see flavoring details below)
1/2 cup of 1/2                     (optional: see flavoring details below)
1 Gallon filled Ice Cream Bin of SNOW 

(Just to note: Again, 1 (gallon) filled ice cream bin of snow, when all said and done makes at or almost a half gallon of snow ice cream. So in case you are looking to make more then that you will want to add double of ingredients above and stick 2 gallon ice cream bins outside to collect snow).


Flavoring details: Because flavoring varies by person this is where you come in to play. I used chocolate milk. Because the chocolate milk in the stores are extremely rich, I opt to substitute the full 2 cups with 1 cup choc, 1/2 cup white milk and 1/2 cup of 1/2 & 1/2. 
----------->>  Why did I do this, honestly, because when I went to buy the ingredients I seen some recipes called for half and half so I bought a small thing of it only to find that I honestly did not have to use it. So I didn't want to waste the half and half, so we split the white milk down and replaced the recipe by doing a 1/2 cup of both.
Honestly to us it brought the flavoring out and tasted better. None the less if you are substituting flavoring, add to taste. If it is milk, the recipe calls for 2 cups (of your choice flavoring) so you do it how you choose.
If you are going to use cocoa, you will want to start by adding a tsp of cocoa then add the rest to taste. This would be the same for syrup.


Directions:  In the bowl you will keep your ice cream in: Pour 1/2 cup of white milk, 1/2 cup of half and half (or 1 cup of the milk you are adding) and 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract and mix it together.  

Have the remaining ingredients ready for when you add your snow in. 1 cup of chocolate milk (or remaining milk ingredient), 1 cup of white sugar with a dash of salt already in sugar. 

Pour snow in to the already mixed ingredients, stir together and then add the remaining ingredients and continue mixing. (if you are mixing 2 gallons you will obviously want to do this in increments and mix). The snow will begin forming or clumping together, it will thicken quickly and then quickly begin melting.  

Some people eat directly afterwards. If this is you, scoop out quickly and enjoy. (Tip: good idea if your bowls are pre-chilled to help the ice cream last longer.) Other wise if you are like us and want to enjoy it, after you have completely stirred your snow ice cream, put the lid on it and place it in the freezer for chilling, 8+ hours or over night.

Im a funny duddy, I opt to stick the snow ice cream outside for naturally chilling for about 15 minutes so that everyone could have a small bowl before I stuck it in the freezer to chill over night. LOL! Hey the temps outside were colder then my freezer, why not?! LOL! 




Presto! Chocolate Snow Ice Cream!
Enjoy!


2 comments:

Misty Nordyke said...

Hi Tiff,
I hope all is well with you & family.
I LOVE this post. I hope you don't mind I am going to re - post.
We are going to try this sometime.
We could of made a lot of this here in Indiana, Don't you agree? lol

homeschool101 said...

Hi Misty, No problem. Share away. Lol. Thanks for stopping in. Yes here in Indy we could make a lot of it with the snow and the temps. Lol. Have a great day!