I Scream, You Scream…(349th new thing).

December 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Flashback: Blizzard of 1993, Lawrenceville, GA. Recently turned twelve year old Laura is officially snowed in with her family and friend who had the unfortunate experience of spending the night before the snow came and was thus stranded for three days. That’s a long time for a twelve year old. Laura, in her food experimentation phase, decides to make ice cream from the drifts of snow piled on the back deck. Previous exploits include microwaving bacon on a metal strainer (“sparks!”) and mixing flour and water together and nuking until solidified (“bread!”). Our heroine grabs a sugar cone from the pantry, an ice cream scoop from the drawer and heads into the frigid afternoon to scoop her some (non-yellow) snow. Then she flavors her ice scream/snow cone with vanilla extract. Half a bottle’s worth seemed like a good amount. Because who doesn’t love vanilla ice cream? Needless to say, the experiment was another culinary failure.

Now move forward to Day Three Hundred Forty-Nine when Laura once again sets out to make some ice cream. She finds a recipe online for an easy shake ‘n freeze treat. A large and small freezer bag, one filled with ice and salt, the other with heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla, and the new ice cream experiment begins. In a video montage, Outkast’s “Hey Ya” would be stuck on the “Shake it” refrain as Laura furiously jiggles the bag within a bag for several minutes. Two sore arms and five mental sing-a-longs of “Shake it like a Polaroid Picture” later, the cream and sugar and vanilla mixture turn to a state between a liquid and a solid.

The bag of slush goes into the freezer for an hour or so and when it comes out….ICE CREAM!

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The texture is more like frozen yogurt, but the taste is pure yum. Commence further culinary experimentation!

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