Sundays In The South – Homemade Ice Cream

Growing up in Nashville one of the best treats of summer is when my mom and dad would get out the old ice cream freezer and make homemade ice cream. It wasn’t one the fancy types of ice cream freezers we have today that sit on the counter top and churn out summer time goodness in no time flat. No, this was an old fashioned crank model. My mom kept milk jugs in the deep freezer that she had filled with water to have ice just for this purpose. She would get them out and us kids got to break up the ice to fill up the freezer alternating with layers of rock salt until it was filled to the top. While that was going on, my mom was in the kitchen preparing the ingredients.

My mom loved simple ingredients and I still use her basic recipe to this day. This is the basic ice cream recipe. You can add what ever type fruit you like. Our favorites were always fresh picked strawberries or peaches. Chop fruit into very small pieces. Larger pieces tend to clump up in the freezer

  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • dash of salt

Combine all ingredients and mix until sugar is dissolved.  Add fruit. Pour into ice cream freezer and prepare per your ice cream makers instructions. Makes about two quarts.

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Enjoy the best of summer with some homemade ice cream…

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18 Responses to Sundays In The South – Homemade Ice Cream

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  2. elenawill says:

    This is a lovely story. We did with our boys when they were growing up in Minnesota. Fond memories.


  3. Isn’t it amazing the memories food being back!!! Yum!


  4. Pamela Baker says:

    I can almost taste this “old fashion” ice cream. It is memories like these that stay with us forever.


  5. I am currently hooked on pistachio gelato! Tanks for the nice recipe!


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  7. That sounds wonderful! The best memories seem to include food and the preparation of it with family.


    • Yes, that is so true. I can’t tell us how many summers I spent down in the Mississippi Delta with my grandmother in the kitchen cooking three big meals a day… Such great memories. Wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world.


  8. The only thing better was when we had ice cream socials in the church parking lot the first Sunday night of each summer month. We had dozens of hand-crank machines working. We could have a bowl of ice cream from every family. Woohoo, that was bliss! Not much beats homemade ice cream.


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