The past few days I’ve been trying to come up with different ways to use these beauties. Smoothies, pancakes, whole-right-outta-the-fridge, you name it. One of the best uses I came up with was homemade ice cream. Real, 500% fat, creamy ice cream…you know, the good stuff!
Growing up, our annual 4th of July tradition was a BBQ and homemade ice cream at one of our friends houses. The entire church was invited and everyone was encouraged to bring their ice-cream freezer and their favorite flavor creation. There would be a multitude of flavors, but my favorite was always the strawberry. I would eat my little heart out, and then regret it on the couple mile hike to watch the fireworks. It was all worth it though. The memories I have of that annual tradition will last a lifetime!
I thought I’d share a fool proof homemade ice cream recipe with you. Be prepared…it’s full o’fat, sugar and everything you’re not supposed to eat. But give it a try! Make some to share with friends and family to celebrate 4th of July! Create some memories!
Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream
- 1 pint fresh strawberries- stemmed and sliced
- 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 c. of sugar, divided
- 1 c. whole milk
- 2 c. heavy cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- In a small bowl, combine strawberries with lemon juice and 1/3 c. of the sugar. Stir gently and allow to macerate for about 2 hours.
- Using a mixer or whisk, combine milk and the remaining sugar until the sugar is dissolved (about 1-2 minutes). Stir in heavy cream plus the juice from the strawberries and the vanilla.
- Turn your ice cream maker on and pour the mixture in (We have an older version of this Cuisinart ice cream freezer. It’s fantastic and I highly recommend it! You freeze the inner bowl, so there’s no need to mess with ice and rock-salt.)
- Let mix for 25-30 minutes, or until it begins thickening up. During the last 5 minutes of freezing add the sliced strawberries.
- If the mixture isn’t at your preferred thickness, empty the mix into another bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. Be sure to lay the plastic directly on the mixture to avoid ice crystals from forming on your mix.
- Scoop and ENJOY!
I hope you have a wonderful Independence Day! Have fun, be safe, and make some lasting memories with friends and family!