Homemade Ice Cream and Other Dairy Goodies

I’m getting this post out a little later than I originally wanted, but here it is 🙂

To finish off June Dairy Month and our Farm theme, we made homemade ice cream with the kiddos. I found this recipe online that did not require an ice cream maker – http://www.kevinandamanda.com/easy-homemade-ice-cream-without-a-machine/

The recipe only requires TWO ingredients (talk about an easy recipe to make with kids!): heavy whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk. The possibilities are endless on what type of ice cream you want to make as you can add whatever other ingredients you want! We added mashed up fresh raspberries and chocolate chips to ours, plus a little splash of vanilla extract.

Homemade Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Any added flavorings – we added a container of raspberries, some chocolate chips and a little bit of vanilla extract

In a small bowl, mix together sweetened condensed milk and any added flavorings.

In another bowl, using a stand or hand mixer, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Hint: freezing the bowl before mixing will make the peaks form faster 🙂

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Fold the cream into the sweetened condensed milk mixture. Freeze until firm.

Here is what our two year olds were able to help with:

  • Mashing up raspberries with a fork
  • Helping twist the can opener
  • Pouring whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk into the bowl
  • Mixing ingredients together
  • Eating our finished ice cream, of course 🙂

I thought the ice cream tasted good, but you could really taste the sweetened condensed milk. If we make it again next year, I would add a little less milk.

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Other Dairy Activities

Throughout the last two weeks, we did a few other dairy related activities that I thought I would share.

Taste Testing

One day we taste tested a variety of different dairy products. Whenever we do taste testing, we make a graph with a “:)” if they liked the product or a “:(” if they did not like it. Besides for getting to try various foods, this is a great math activity. Together we count how many likes and dislikes there were for each food, and also compare which foods were liked the best or least. Here is a list of products you could try: sour cream, cream cheese, various types of block cheeses, yogurt, milk, whipped cream, butter.

Making Butter

This is a fun project to do with kids. They get to experience the different properties of a substance, get to watch the cream turn from a liquid to a solid form right before their eyes and also get to taste test what they created. All you need is one or two containers that seal TIGHT and some heavy cream. Pour the cream into one or two containers, seal them tightly and let the kiddos shake away! Eventually you will get a whipped cream like texture, and then butter will form. Pour our the extra liquid and enjoy 🙂 Again, if you freeze the containers beforehand, the process goes a little quicker. We ate our homemade butter at lunch time on bread. Yum!

 

 

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