This evening we tried "Five Minute Ice Cream". It was very easy to make and tasted pretty good! Unfortunately, I don't think we used enough frozen fruit so the end product was a little on the soft side (as you can tell from the picture). If we had more willpower we would have left the ice cream in the freezer a little longer to firm up. Next time I'll make sure to use a full 10 oz bag of frozen fruit which should solve that problem!
The recipe is very simple - just a bag of frozen fruit (we used frozen strawberries and raspberries), a little sugar and some half and half or heavy cream. Pop it in your food processor or blender and voila! Click here for the recipe
On Sunday we are going to try "Speedy Ice Cream" which sounds really interesting - I'm intrigued by the use of baggies and salt and tossing the bags around in order to freeze the cream. I know my girl will absolutely love the hands on (literally) aspect of making that ice cream!
I also noticed our grocery store stocks Morton's Ice Cream Salt so I bought some to see if it makes a difference. The recipe just calls for regular salt but I know when you use an old-fashioned ice cream maker you do need to use rock salt - I think it effects the coldness level or something like that. I'll post a picture of our results on Sunday.
Speaking of berries, I am excited (waayyyyy too excited) to tell you that our blueberries weren't all nibbled off by critters - whoo hoo!! Our little blueberry bush is cranking along and has oh, about a dozen berries on it. Not much, but compared to last year's harvest of three berries, it is a bumper crop.
The strawberry plants are doing quite well, as you can see. I tried a little trick to keep the rabbits away (I can't get myself to put up the ugly chicken wire around the plants yet) so I put a shiny, metallic pinwheel in the ground right next to the plants. My daughter didn't seem to mind giving it up when I told her that I hoped its movement would make the rabbits too nervous to come and nibble on our berries. So far so good!
She picked the first of the harvest all by herself - two the first day, four yesterday and two more today.She also ate them all by herself. While she wouldn't share with me she did generously give her dad one whole strawberry.
He said they were still a little on the tart side, but she loved them which of course is all that matters.