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Fun Facts and Creamy Cool Recipes!

Fun Facts and Creamy Cool Recipes!

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

by Paula Deen

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream, y’all! With the hottest part of summer upon us, I just had to share some of my favorite creamy cold ice cream recipes, tips and fun facts. So grab a big ol’ spoon and get to dippin’!

  • It takes about 50 licks to lick away one scoop of ice cream!
  • Of all the days of the week, most ice cream is bought on Sunday!
  • Kids aged 2-12 and adults over 45 eat the most ice cream!
  • Vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry, and mint chocolate chip are the most popular ice cream flavors!
  • Chocolate syrup is the most popular ice cream topping!
  • 5% of ice cream eaters share their ice cream with their pet!
  • It takes 12 pounds of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream!
  • When buying ice cream, don’t buy a sticky container. The ice cream was probably defrosted and refrozen.
  • To keep opened cartons of ice cream from forming ice crystals, place a piece of plastic wrap right on the surface of the ice cream, making it as airtight as possible. Close the carton well and return to the freezer.
  • To soften very hard ice cream, microwave on 30% power for 20 to 30 seconds. The time varies with fat content, so check after 20 seconds.
  • When making homemade ice cream in a machine using rock salt and ice, use a ratio of about 1 cup of salt to 6 cups of ice.
  • Serve ice cream from a carton in slices instead of scoops. An electric knife works well, y’all!
  • Freeze newly made ice cream for about 4 hours before serving. This is also known as “ripening.”
  • Make your own custom ice cream flavor, like my Oreo Ice Cream. Soften the ice cream just enough to enable you to stir in chopped nuts, candy pieces, miniature marshmallows, or brownie or cookie pieces. Return to the freezer until firm. Try making some Sweet Dreams Chocolate Fudge and stirring it into butter pecan ice cream!
  • Air is an important ingredient in ice cream - it keeps the ice cream from freezing solid!
  • Everybody has a nerve center located on the roof of his or her mouth. When something cold touches this spot, people get the sensation known as an ICE CREAM HEADACHE OR BRAIN FREEZE!

Favorite Frosty Treats:
Vanilla Ice Cream
Double Chocolate Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream
It’s Not Your Mamma’s Banana Pudding Ice Cream
Peach Ice Cream
Fried Ice Cream
Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream Dessert
Easy Homemade Oreo Ice Cream
Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches

Have an ice cream trick, recipe or tip in your cone? Leave me a comment so everyone can learn!

 

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Reader Comments:

 

“I liked the makin’ it part, but I liked the eatin’ it part even better.” That is what I think of when I think of making homemade ice cream at Grandma’s house. But it is the making it part that I remember from 30+ years ago, not the eating it.  Memories are a funny thing.

I have mistakenly assumed over the last 30+ years that all children grew up with a lake in the backyard, with a flag flapping in the breeze and that tell tale sound of an ice cream maker noisily crunching and sloshing salty ice around in circles until the sound of the straining machine finally out yelled the ice. I mistakenly assumed (and now it makes me slightly melancholy to think of it) that all kids had scraped the first ice cream off the mixer with a spoon and that all adults still remember from their childhood the sound that wax paper makes as it is ripped off the roll and is applied over the canister to keep salt out of the sweet frozen cream.  I would have asked anyone, did your mom and dad cover up the tank with newspapers or towels to insulate it while the ice cream hardened? But apparently in this one aspect (and many, really) I had a charmed childhood.  The memories that I cherish are funny…the sound of driving on the gravel road at my grandparents farm, the screen door at my mamaws squeeking when opened and closed, and of course the sound of the ice cream churn being cranked.  These are summer memories, and summer ice cream is a delightful part of it.

If you did not grow up with homemade ice cream, I implore you to create this memory in your life as soon as possible.  It only takes two moments to make a memory…one to do the thing and the next to savor having done it…so go get a machine.  My mom found a wonderful hand cranked ice cream machines made by the Amish.  They sell the electric kind but only if you want a massive 20 quart freezer. However, if you have a strong arm and a friend or a couple kids, you cannot beat the crank kind for teamwork and pure nostalgia.

Thanks again Paula for bringing back memories.

Greg Kantner of Tampa, Florida on August 16, 2010 07:07 AM

I just love Paula is is my favorite chef on Food
Network!!  I watch her often!  I love her recipes!
My Mom was @ her restaurant in the Spring of 06’;
she took pictures for me!  I would love to meet you
some day Paula!!!!Love Ya’ll!!

Stacey Hall of Mableton, GA on August 16, 2010 08:00 AM

We made vanilla last night and it was fabulous. The best part is the homemade hot fudge sauce. My family has been eating this sauce for at least 50 years. Try it!
6 T. water
4 T. cocoa
2 T. butter
Boil one minute and add:
2 c. sugar
6 T. white Karo syrup
Boil five minutes. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp. vanilla. Let it cool before serving.

Carolyn of Hendersonville, TN on August 16, 2010 09:00 AM

We bought a hand crank ice cream freezer in Shipshewana, Indiana (Amish country) and it always makes the best ice cream.  My dad always had a hand crank maker.  And yes I remember him covering it up with old rugs for several hours.  My favorite that he made was coffee flavored.  Yummy.  My dad cooked when he was in the army and he was actually a better cook than my mother but he just didn’t have time to cook much until he retired. Those were the good old days.

Ruth Maynor of Ladoga, IN on August 16, 2010 09:10 AM

Thank you, Paula, for sharing your ice cream memories with us all.  It reminds me of times in my grandmother’s kitchen with the little wood stove (it was used as a little heater and a place for the tea pot and of course for ambiance) where she and I would sit early in the morning in the summer and have our tea and toast (she made the best jam - and out of anything!).  Such warm and lasting memories that bring the love back even now, 50 years later!

Claudia Jennings of Everett. Wa on August 16, 2010 09:33 AM

Use a plastic groc bag to tightly wrap open cartons of ice cream before returning to freezer works real good and easy to get back in also recyles bag

mary evans of st. louis mo on August 16, 2010 09:38 AM

Hi Paula, I love your Ice Cream recipes. I perfer frozen yougart though because of diabetes. Have you any recipes for that? I was thinking of freezing it and see what happends but didn’t know if there was a certain way to to prepare it first?

Jacqueline Testa of Rhode Island on August 16, 2010 09:49 AM

Paula growing up I too have fond memories of making homemade ice cream! My mother hand the hand crank machine (that she has now passed on to me)and it was used at every birthday party for my two younger sisters and I. Mom would load it up and have all the kids take turns cranking, I think that this was one of the reasons that our friends always wanted to come to our birthday parties. Nothin better than homemade ice cream! Thanks for sharing Paula!

April Cagle of Florence, Arizona on August 16, 2010 09:52 AM

Mom made this, but used raw eggs! Now I cook them!
So it’s actually a frozen custard.
In a large pot, warm 2 cans evaporated milk, adding 1 3/4 cups sugar, stirring to dissolve.
In separate bowl beat 7 whole eggs.
Temper eggs with a few ladles of sugar-milk mixture.
Add tempered eggs to warming pot and whisk until slightly thickened.
Add 1 Tablespoon vanilla,
and 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder (for chocolate)
Cool completely (will continue to thicken in refrigerator).
Pour into 6-quart freezer/churn.
Top off with whole milk (or chocolate milk).
When churning slows (follow directions for yours) transfer to a container to harden further in freezer.
My friends call this Goozle Freeze (because it’s cold enough to freeze your goozle!)

Will Hoffpauir of Huntsville, Alabama on August 16, 2010 10:11 AM

I love Puala, I watch her every time I see the show on Foodwork network.  I would love to meet her too.  I would love to eat in her restaurant.

Margie Allbritton of Weatherford, Texas on August 16, 2010 10:15 AM

some times i dream of being paula dean
just seeing her house her pets and that wonderful
view of her backyard , she is so down to earth and has worked hard to get where she is . also i have got every book she has ever put out and get them out and cook up something good . i am gona buy me a ice _cream machine so me and grand kids can make sweet memories love you paula thanks for being you peg

peg black of ind on August 16, 2010 10:55 AM

You inspire me. I would love to meet you one day.I would love to come to Savannah the history there would be good to here about too.

Hilda Heath of Jacksonville, NC on August 16, 2010 11:47 AM

Hey Paula,

I had all those memories also,its nothing like homemade ice cream.  I have one that refreshing in the NC heat and humid air, its not heavy very good I hope you try it.

1- 2 liter Sunkist orange soda (not a off brand)
1 can condensed milk
1 small can crushed pineapple (drained)
mix milk and pineapple add soda and stir, fill to fill line with left over soda.
ENJOY
P.S. I love you Paula you are real.

Eva Hussey of Randleman,NC on August 16, 2010 12:00 PM

I dont care what i am doing paula comes the tv i am right there. LOVE YOU PAULA

Marian Franklin of Chicago, Illinois on August 16, 2010 01:10 PM

I love you so much. The recipes, the energy you put into everything you do. Your love for your family. what else can I say. I have to tell you a funny story. I am slowly getting white hair. Well I have very little dark left. I called my hair dresser neice over and told her I wanted Paula Deen hair. Well it turned yellow and orange, and I got a lot of laughs. I decided I would try to buy a white wig. LOL..Let me know your secret….

Pat Martin of Mauriceville Texas on August 16, 2010 03:55 PM

QUICK IDEA FOR MAKING FLAVORED ICE CREAM SHAKES. ... INSTEAD OF USING MILK TO MAKE THE ICE CREAM BLEND , TRY ORANGE CREAM SODA FOR A MILD DREAMCYCLE TASTE. OR CHERRY COKE , TASTE LIKE CHOCLATE COVERED CHERRIES,ROOT BEER FOR A FLOAT. THINK MY FAVORITE IS TAKING “SNACK PACKS” PUDDING AND ADD 2 OF THEM TO THE SHAKE. I ADD 2 SUGER FREE TAPIOCAS. GREAT TASTE FOR A SHAKE.

WAYNE LEHMANN of NEW WHITELAND ,IN. 46184-1018 on August 16, 2010 06:13 PM

I enjoy watching your programs. I have made some of your dishes and they were good. I love good down home cooking.Your fried chicken is the way my mama use to make it. Thank you for an enjoyable show to watch. If i could meet someone famous it would be you just to talk about home,family, and recipes.

Lauren Wawrzyniak of La Salle,Illinois on August 17, 2010 06:24 AM

Paula,                                  I have a sixteen year old son which is taking his second year of cultary arts in high school. He just loves to watch your shows. I hear his laughswhen you are on. He loves to hear you talk and the Opra show I thought he would fall out of his seat. We love you.I also work at a place where we sell your furniture line, so I enjoy everyday sharing my story about my son and how much he loves Paula. Thank you for being such a strong woman.      Anna Ownby

Anna Ownby of Lyman,SC on August 17, 2010 06:48 AM

Hi Paula,

I so enjoy you sharing your memories with us.  We are about the same age and I too grew up on a farm where every Sunday meant homemade ice cream with the crank freezer.  In the winter time, my Daddy would break ice from the pond to make our ice cream.  Our favorite was always banana pineapple.  Your right, I tell my Grandchildren, whatever we may be doing that we are “making memories” and I love it! We’ll be back in Savannah come next May.  It has become a tradition with me and my husband.

Sherry of Louisville KY on August 17, 2010 12:59 PM

I also grew up with my dad making homemade ice cream.  I loved it!  Just last night my youngest asked if we could make it.  so we ran to store & got all the stuff & made homemade Mint Choc chip Ice Cream. Boy was it good.  I am happy to find your recipes.

Mary Hitch of Cleveland, OH on August 17, 2010 01:21 PM

Paula, because of you I have actually learned to cook from scratch instead of boxed. My mom rarely cooked from scratch except for the holidays. She never wrote any of the recipes down,she kept them to herself,at least most of them and she always chased me out of the kitchen. She passed in 1997 and took them with her. After watching you I learned how to cook like my mom. I also had a bell go off in my head, I remembered,on some of the recipes. They originally came from Kentucky before moving to Ohio. Recently I found a Grange Cookbook that I remember my mom having but disappeared , I now have it as well as some of your books.

So Thanks so much for teaching me and reminding me of these great recipes. You are the greatest!

Anita Falcone of California on August 17, 2010 02:29 PM

I LOVE homemade ice cream but never had the pleasure of owning an icre cream maker. My solution…..Ziplock bags.
2tbsp sugar
1cp Half and Half
1/2tsp vanilla
crushed cookies, fudge, or fresh fruit to make your favorite flavor
Put all these ingredients in a pint-size ziplock bag and seal closed, I recommend double bagging it to ensure no salt water enters. Place this sealed bag in gallon-sized ziplock bag filled with rock salt and ice. Seal this bag and SHAKE till you have ice cream. With the kids I usually place the bag on the trampoline and we jump till the ice cream is ready. You can get really creative on how to move you bag about to mix the ice cream together and if you want it is a great time to teach kids about the science of freezing points. Education and good food what could be better? and the kids will LOVE it!!!

Miller of Fresno, California on August 17, 2010 02:48 PM

PAULA,
I LOVE YOUR SHOWS!  YOU ARE A TRUE SOUTHERN COOK.  IT WOULD BE AWESOME TO COME TO YOUR RESTAURANT.  THE HOMEMADE ICE CREAM DOES REMIND ME OF CHILDHOOD DAYS WHEN MY DAD & MOM WOULD CRANK THE FREEZER AND WE WOULD SIT ON TOP OF IT TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM TO TURN.  GREAT MEMORIES!  THANKS

LINDA MORRISON of POTTSBORO, TEXAS on August 17, 2010 03:32 PM

This article made memories just rush back to me!!!  I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of reading as I love Paula too!!!  She’s such a sweet, down to earth person who loves family, friends, food and fun!!!  What a combination.  Thank you so much for sharing Paula.  One day I hope to meet you.
Hugs, Judy

Judy Comfort of Carriere, Ms. on August 17, 2010 06:38 PM

Hey Paula love you, too. Just to let you know that I cook for about 50 people once a month at my comunity center, and during the summer months I make them two and a half gallon of home made ice cream. There is always a good turn out. No I don’t trun the crank. It’s electic!
Irene Hodgen, okla.

Irene Puckette of Hodgen, Ok on August 17, 2010 06:42 PM

Hey Paula,

I love your newsletters and especially enjoyed the one about ice cream. One of your fans responded to the article “We all scream for ice cream”. Her name was Eva Hussey of Randleman,NC and in her response had a recipe a homemade Orange Sherbet. The recipe didn’t say what size freezer to use, it just said “fill to the line with leftover soda”. Is it possible to find out from her? It seems to me that maybe a 2 quart would be too small but a 4 quart seems to big as well. I would greatly appreciate it you or your team could find out. Thank you.

Patsy Kennard of Sellersburg, IN on August 18, 2010 12:26 AM

I too remember making homemade ice cream as a child,Usually on the 4th of July us kids had to sit on top of ice cream maker while someone worked the crank,never knew why.Do you know Paula?

Terri Mattox of Greeley,Co. on August 18, 2010 10:58 AM

i love watching you and your boys. i was wanting to know how to pickle corn. would love to hear from you   thanks donna paterino

donna paterino of williamson west virginia on August 18, 2010 01:49 PM

In the 50’s my daddy covered the ice cream maker with the fuzzy top for the toilet lid.  We would fight over who would get to sit on it when it got hard to crank!

Barbara Luna of Littleton, CO on August 18, 2010 04:45 PM

Paula, I love the beautiful pictures with the doilies like my grandmama used to make and have all over her tables.  I’ve noticed you and Mr. Greg up there with the first post are always close to posting the same seasonal things.  Are you all related or friends? is he on yoru staff?  PS, your recipes are my familys favorites and I can’t wait to see your Christmas ideas.  Many years more of your success.

Love ya Paula

Deb Reynolds of Kettering Ohio on August 19, 2010 07:49 AM

Yohoo Ice Cream

8 yohoos
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
Chocolate milk

Mix yohoo and condensed milk and put in ice cream freezer,fill to the line with chocolate milk. Freeze and enjoy!!! My family says it taste like Frosty’s from Wendys

Kelly NeSmith of Jasepr, AL on August 19, 2010 10:03 AM

Paula,

I LOVE U….CAN YOU BE MY GRANDMA?.....LOVE THE SHOW…..YOU HAVE THE SAME NAME AS MY MOM…..CAN MY FAMILY AND I COME SEE U SOME TIME?.... I LOVE TO COOK…. AND I LOVE THAT CHOCOLATE….AND DON’T FORGET THAT BUTTER….

LOVE YOUR FRIEND (AND GRANDCHILD) JASMINE LASHLEY

Jasmine Lashley of The Colony Texas on August 19, 2010 10:53 AM

I ALWAYS WATCH YOUR SHOW AND WHEN I CAN’T I RECORD IT AND I JUST LOVE WATCHING YOU AND YOUR BOYS IN THE KITCHEN. I EVEN HAVE MY HUBBY WATCHING YOU NOW, NOT THAT HE IS GONNA COOK ANYTHING…LOL BUT HE LOVES YOUR FUN PERSONALITY. DO YOU HAVE AN EASY STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM RECIPE THAT DON’T HAVE TO BE COOKED? IF SO MAY I PLEASE GET IT FROM YOU? I AM DISABLED SO I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THE EASY STUFF TO PREPARE THAT DON’T TAKE A LONG TIME AT THE STOVE. I CAN’T STAND FOR VERY LONG SO THE QUICKER THE BETTER.
WE LOVE YA GIRLFRIEND, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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