|ready to eat my snow ice cream|
Oh joy! I made snow ice cream for the first time in years and years. I still have snow in the freezer, so maybe I can make more later if it is not too crunchy. My bowl is sitting on my lap on a towel so I can take a picture before my legs can thaw it. Can you see the tint of the vanilla?
When I was a child living in Jackson, MS and in Memphis, TN, we had little snow, not even enough to make snow ice cream once a year. But, Mama made it as often as she could. We were four absolutely thrilled children. So, this is special. It reminds me of all the ways she tried and did make life so wonderful. This is a taste of my childhood.
You can make the recipe to your taste, so this is only a guideline if you wish. One thing, the milk mixture must be cloyingly sweet. You must think there is too much vanilla, also. It should taste like the mixture for homemade ice cream in the summer. But, no egg. I know you will taste it...lol. Remember, snow will go into the ice cream to soften the taste. This recipe is what I ate in one sitting. It is never as good after being in the freezer. It could work for two people and only one small bowl.
Homemade Ice Cream recipe
1 1/2 cup milk
2/3 cup of sugar
2 tsp vanilla
Put the measuring cup of milk and sugar in the microwave and stir occasionally until the sugar is melted. Add vanilla and refrigerate.
When the mixture is cooled, Go get snow! The mixture does not have to be cold, but that is best. Mama may not have heated the mixture, but the sugar in mine is well dissolved. Maybe hers was, too.
outdoors, ready to bring it in.
Last night/this morning, 5 am, I took a metal bowl and a flattish utensil to gather snow. Then, I brought it in to use. I put the mixture into another stainless steel bowl and dipped snow in and pushed it down and mixed it often. When the results were stiff in the bowl (you will know) and the cream is no longer white, eat! You will be able to see the whiter snow that is not fully mixed. EAT!
I suppose I skimmed off 1 1/2 gallon snow. Use some common sense. Gather snow high enough that it is not yellow, even under freshly fallen snow. Don't gather snow with depression in the snow from animal feet. I will gather under trees as long as birds are not out. You can see the depressions of animal and bird feet even after new snow falls. Eating snow will not kill you.
See how fluffy?
This snow was so fluffy that I used lots more snow than is usually needed. Dip the snow from the gathering bowl into another bowl with the liquid mixture. (I used stainless steel mixing bowls because I think it stays colder.) Don't pour the liquid into all the snow. You might not need all the snow you brought in.
I am going to see if the snow in the freezer is still good and fluffy and not hard.
Oh, my in-laws in Rochester, NY, thought it was gross to eat snow. They refused to eat the snow ice cream I made. Do you think eating snow is unhealthful?
Do you eat snow ice cream? Do you make it like I do? Did you make any this year? This last snowfall?