My Mom Makes Mmmm-Mmmm-Mmmm Good Food!
I grew up eating homemade vanilla ice cream (and homemade chocolate ice cream, and homemade peach ice cream, and homemade banana ice cream, and homemade pineapple ice cream, and homemade strawberry ice cream). Yes, I grew up eating homemade ice cream, and it was GOOD!
I Made Vanilla Ice Cream In My Little Ice Cream Maker
I recently made vanilla ice cream in my little (1.5 quart, electric) ice cream maker. I told my mom about looking online for easy recipes. I had not even asked her how she made it. I think it’s because I wanted to find a homemade ice cream recipe that uses no eggs.
“I Could Have Told You How To Make Ice Cream”
Mom – “I could have told you how to make ice cream”
Me – “Then, why didn’t you?”
Mom – “You didn’t ask me.”
I Finally Asked Her Last Night
Last night, my mom prepared a wonderful going-away dinner for a relative who is going away. Mmmmmm. It was a meal of comfort foods, really delicious. I don’t know if people who grew up in places other than the Southeastern USA like these foods, but I enjoyed every bite.
The Meal Last Night
The meal last night included these foods: Cantaloupe, Tomatoes and Avacado, Four Bean Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Deviled Eggs, Sweet Potatoes, Biscuits with Butter, Eye of the Round beef, and Lemon Pie for dessert.
All of it was prepared “from scratch”. That’s really not even a term we needed to use growing up, because there was no other alternative. Nothing was ever made from a mix. (One example from last night: the crust of the pie was made with crushed graham crackers and melted butter toasted in the oven, and she used freshly squeezed lemon juice in the the pie filling).
Back To Mom’s Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
Okay, after the wonderful food last night, I started writing down recipes to add to my “Cooking For The Motivationally Challenged” category. And, I finally asked my mom for her Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe. (It’s a little more complicated than the Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe – No Eggs – No Cooking – EASY! 🙂. It’s not difficult. It just takes a little more time.)
This Recipe Uses Eggs
Mom – “If you want really good ice cream, put eggs and cream in it.”
History – My mother has made this recipe for fifty years. She made it with eggs. She did not cook the eggs before making the ice cream. We never got sick.
Present Day – My mom gave me this recipe with egg-cooking instructions as part of the recipe. Since people rarely eat raw eggs anymore, this recipe includes the way you can cook the eggs before adding them to the rest of the mix.
What You’ve Been Waiting For: The Recipe
Mom’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
2 and 1/2 cups of sugar
pinch of salt
1 can of evaporated milk
COOK these ingredients on low heat, stirring continuously. Cook it long enough to heat all the ingredients, but not enough to bring it to a boil.
COOL the mixture.
1 can of evaporated milk
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
POUR INTO A ONE-GALLON ICE CREAM FREEZER
Finish filling the gallon freezer with whole milk
Before You Make This Recipe
This homemade vanilla ice cream recipe is for a one-gallon freezer. These are the tall can freezers that you surround with ice and rock salt and either crank or plug in. This recipe assumes you have this type of freezer and you already know how to use it.
If you have a small freezer like I do, a little 1.5 gallon tub that you freeze in your freezer and then pour ice cream mix into and turn on, you’ll need to either divide this recipe and save half for another day, or just make a half-sized recipe.
Mom’s Recipe for your 1/2 Gallon Freezer
COMBINE AND COOK ON LOW HEAT
1 and 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 can evaporated milk
COOL THE MIXTURE
1/2 can of evaporated milk
1 or 2 teaspoons of vanilla
POUR it into your ice cream maker
ADD as much whole milk as you need to fill
Serve and Enjoy
Homemade ice cream is best right when it finishes freezing. Everyone is ready and waiting with bowls and spoons in hand. The top comes off. The dash comes out. A big serving spoon goes down into that cold, smooth, sweet frozen mix and it comes back out with a huge scoop of ice cream for your bowl. You dip your spoon into the ice cream and slip it into your mouth.
Eat slowly for maximum enjoyment.
Savor every bite.
Avoid brain freeze (the sudden headache you get from eating too quickly).