Summer Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberries are in full force at the farmers markets around town and now the question becomes how to use them: strawberry salads, strawberry salsa, strawberry shortcake, strawberry topping and even strawberry jam. So why not strawberry ice cream? IMG_0078 (1)

The sucker that I am for kitchen gadgets helped me impulse buy this lovely little contraption. The ice cream maker was on sale and ORANGE.  Win-Win.  While I’ve long since lost in the instruction book, theres one lesson I learn every time: DO NOT OVERFILL.

Strawberries, melted chocolate, cream and a blender later I feel like I have a recipe for success. And about 5 batches. But no one is complaining in this house because its pretty darn tasty and strawberry.

In the Vitamix, blend on a low speed:

  • a quart of strawberries, halved or quartered depending on size of the berry
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ²∕³ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • squeeze of fresh lemon half

Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker mixing bowl, only filling about 3/4th of the way.  You’re likely going to have two-three batches depending on how many extra ingredients you want to add. My ice cream can never have enough things so I don’t go over 3/4ths, except I always forget this part and make a mess.  Possible ingredients you can (should add all together):

  • The Classic Strawberry and Chocolate: melted chocolate chips for a ribbon, toasted walnuts, crumbled brownie pieces.
  • Strawberries are Healthy so Therefore Strawberry Ice Cream is “Healthy”: toasted almonds, a crumbled oatmeal cookie, honey, banana chips.
  • Strawberries and Caramel Cream: caramel or dulce de leche ribbon, shortcake or yellow cake crumbles, toasted pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, graham crackers

Whatever you decide to add give the machine time to mix everything together in between adding extras. It will help to make sure the ingredients are evenly mixed and the machine doesn’t overwork itself. I have found it’s best fresh, straight out of the machine and therefore an excellent way to end an evening. That said, I don’t know many who can eat that much ice cream in one setting so freeze in an air tight container; zip lock bags with the air removed seem to have the best chance at preserving texture so you can enjoy your sweet strawberries all summer long!

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