Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Snow Cream Ice Cream & Some Snow Chemistry Lessons

Snow Chemistry credit About.com 

This first recipe uses snow and salt to freeze the ice cream (an example of freezing point depressions), but this recipe doesn't involve actually eating the snow (the rest of the recipes do). 

This is a great recipe if you want to play with the snow, but don't consider it clean enough to eat.
Fill a gallon freezer bag halfway full with snow or crushed ice.
Add ~6 tablespoons of salt to the snow. This will lower the freezing point of the snow so you can freeze your ice cream.
In a quart ziploc bag, mix:
1/2 cup half and half
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zip up the quart bag, squeezing out any excess air, and put it inside the gallon bag.
Close up the gallon bag, again removing any excess air since it makes mixing difficult.
Wear gloves or else put a dry kitchen towel between your hands and the snow/salt bag. Squish the bags with your hands until the ice cream is frozen.
Remove the smaller bag and enjoy your frozen treat!

Snow cream ice cream recipes-- our favorites (yes we eat the snow---gasp--- get over it, you eat worse things, breath in worse things, so just eat the snow-- as long as it is white, not yellow, lol.

Snow Ice Cream Recipe #1

This is a classic recipe that works really well because the sweetened condensed milk is thick and helps hold quickly melting snow together.
  • 1 gallon or big bowl of clean snow (if you like, you can put the bowl outdoors to collect it as it falls)
  • 1 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix the ingredients together and eat the snow ice cream. Yummy!

Snow Ice Cream Recipe #2

  • 1 gallon or big bowl full of snow
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cream or milk
Again, just mix the ingredients together. You get the idea.

Chocolate Snow Ice Cream

  • big bowl of snow
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate milk

Chocolate Snow Ice Cream Recipe #2

  • big bowl of snow
  • 1 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • chocolate syrup or cocoa powder, to taste

Other Snow Ice Cream Variations

Some people like to substitute rum for the vanilla. You could add pureed fruit, such as strawberry or peaches. You may enjoy making a sort of snow ice cream float made by dropping a scoop of snow ice cream into your favorite soda.
Snow ice cream does not re-freeze well, so mix the ice cream and eat it immediately. Enjoy!

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