Growing up I have lots of ice cream memories. I had two different grandparents who liked to make home-made ice cream. Their recipes and methods were dramatically different. Unfortunately neither recipe has survived another generation and are lost forever.
My Grandma T lived in the same town as I grew up in. Each Saturday she would make ice cream and bring us a container full of her ice cream along with biscuits. Grandma had this amazing contraption shown at the top of this blog. It was an electric ice cream maker that you put in your refrigerator freezer. I remember years of visiting on Saturdays and see the cord coming out of the refrigerator freezer and plugged in to the light socket. I have yet to find a recipe that makes up like hers. It had lots of sugar, I am sure because my favorite part was a thick almost syrupy concoction that formed at the bottom of the container.
My other ice-cream-making grandparent was my Gomper. He lived across the state and we only visited for major holidays and an extended stay in the summer. It was during the summer vacations that Gomper would make ice cream. He cooked his ice cream fix’ins on the stove. I am almost guessing it was more like a frozen custard. His ice cream would go into the bucket with ice and rock salt. It would sit out on the patio churning away. It had a power turner, so the most involvement was poking in the drain hole so water would rush out. As a small child it was something I could stand by and do the whole time it turned. It was always vanilla like Grandma T’s, but his was so smooth; no sugar settled on the bottom of his.
My brother received her freezer when my Grandma passed on and he in turn gave it to me. I got it out and made up some ice cream for the hot summer weather we have been having. I pulled out the cookbook that came with Grandma’s freezer, looking for possibly her recipe. The one I picked definitely turned out not to be it. It was richer than the recipe that either of my grandparents made. I put it all together and put it in my freezer. Just like Grandma T, I slipped the cord out of my freezer and plugged the big black cord into the wall. It took much longer than the instructions said to freeze up. I am not sure if that is because my modern freezer isn’t as cold as they used to be or it was something else. I plan to make some more and try some frozen yogurt, sherbet and sorbet. I looked online, where we all look for our answers today, hoping to find some insights on how to best use my simple but effective machine. I found nothing like my trusty freezer. I best take good care of it because it is one of limited few that have survived.