invented rituals just to
keep my Dad and all us kids out of the house. She could only pull each
one off once a
year because by then we had forgotten how hard it was. One of them was
HomeMade Ice Cream. Here's the ritual: First we would have to
get the Ice Cream freezer out of the attic part of store room. There
were usually spiders and
other bugs that had made it their home. It was one of those hand-
barrel kind. I think my grandfather gave it to us and his father gave
him. My Dad had to wash and oil it and beat it back together everytime
we used it. Then we went to
the store to buy ice and rock salt. My Mom got the Ice Cream ready,
nothing, milk, sugar and vanilla. I think it took her about 2 minutes.
mostly gave her the day off while we ran around all over the place
and dinner were beans out of a can, pre-baked ham and slaw … 30 minutes
the whole thing) . When
we got home we
started the "Right way to make Ice Cream" as my Dad called it. There
are rules about this stuff. First
you put the cylinder (that will hold the ice cream) in to the Ice
bucket and pack 3 inches of ice around the bottom, then a
layer of rock salt on the ice, then 3 more inches of ice and more rock
till you got almost to the top of the cylinder and the ice cream maker
was full... Most important: you had to put the crank on the
turn it after each layer to be sure it would still turn. When it was
Mom would pour in the Ice Cream, we
in the paddle thing, then the top, then the crank and started cranking.
brother and I took turns. My Mom had us convinced that the faster we
the sooner the Ice cream would freeze. Of course that's not true, but
trying to burn as much energy out of us as she could, and it worked.
was that we could not check the Ice ream to see if it was frozen until
turned it a few times and declared it done, even after that it was
still 30 minutes more. It usually took several hours. We
probably turned the crank 10,000 times. When it was finished you had to
news paper and towels over the top and be sure not to let any rock salt
inside, which it always did. The rule was that we had to eat dinner
Ice Cream. Dinner took about 30 seconds and the Ice Cream lasted about
minutes stopping only for brain freeze. I can still taste the rock
to make some? It's easy and you don't even need an Ice cream maker....
famous "123 Ice Cream" Makes 1qt: 1 cup of sugar, 2 teaspoons of
3 cups of milk. Put everything in a pan and heat it ONLY till the sugar dissolves,
the longer you heat
it, the longer it takes to chill it. Pour it in a bowl and let it cool.
have an Ice Cream maker pour it in and start turning. If you don't, put
it in the
freezer and leave it for 30 minutes, then whisk it, getting anything
the side of the bowl. Wait 15 more minutes and whisk it again.
Continue until it's all frozen. The more you whisk the
fluffier it will be, less like an Ice cube.
I promise it will give you brain freeze, because it's
really cold and it
melts really fast so you have to eat it fast. Sprinkle a little salt on
the full effect....
like that: I could tell you how to make some super
fancy Ice Cream from a five star restaurant and it would be really
good, but it
wouldn't bring back your childhood. What are the best things you
being a kid? If you're a kid now, what are your favorite things now? I
how my Grandmothers house smelled and riding on the back of my
pickup. God gives us family and friends for a reason. We affect each
change each other's lives. Don't miss that part, that's why he put you
I wonder if
I can find an Ice Cream truck and a bunch of
kids? Create a