Ice Cream With the Kiddos

Making Homemade Ice Cream Can be Fun

Kid Eating Ice Cream

Do you remember ice cream socials, where everybody used to take a turn at cranking out the best ice cream they’d ever tasted? You can still crank out ice cream like that, choosing the ingredients you want to put in, keeping it simple, and coming up with the concoction of your dreams!

It crosses generations. Everyone loves it. The good news is, you can make it at home.

You don’t have to go the cranking route, though. Your grandkids will love it if you do, but if you want to take the 21st-century route to making fantastic homemade ice cream, you can find a wide selection of easy-to-use ice cream machines that do all the work for you. You don’t even need an ice cream maker. Click here and you’ll see an easy recipe for Rocky Road ice cream that you can make in ten minutes without an ice cream maker while using just five ingredients. After that you’ll have to wait 4-6 hours while the mixture freezes. What better way to teach patience to your grandchildren—and to reward them for their patience!

There are numerous ice cream recipes available on the Internet, and you may be tempted to try them all. Google “how to make ice cream” and you’ll find demonstrations, recipes, and everything else you’ll need to get started on this exciting new hobby.

Most ice cream makers available at the major retailers are in the $60-$250 range. Those at the lower end usually require a little more time for making ice cream, but most machines nowadays do the job in an hour or less. Some machines require you to put the mixing bowl in the freezer for up to 24 hours before you make ice cream. Some machines don’t require any advance freezing or preparation at all. Most machines make from 2-4 quarts of ice cream. With some machines your ice cream is ready to eat almost immediately, while other machines turn out a softer product that you’ll have to put into the freezer for a few hours, during which time you’ll be free to have fun with grandkids.

Go on to Part 2 for some great ice cream recipes.

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