When life hands you a can of milk, make ice cream

@Rollo1 (16689)
Boston, Massachusetts
August 11, 2016 6:16pm CST
A couple of years ago, I bought this little countertop ice cream machine. It's got a tub that has a core filled with something - a gel, maybe? - that freezes up and as the machine turns the tub, it magically turns your cream into ice cream. Soft serve, if you eat it right away, but who can wait? I don't have any cream and The Man has to limit that sort of thing now, so I haven't used the ice cream maker in a while. But I noticed that I had a can of low-fat evaporated milk. And so, I decided to see what would happen. A can of evaporated milk, 1/3 cup sugar, a little vanilla and some instant coffee dissolved in a 1/2 cup of 1% milk turned into a very tasty tub of coffee ice cream. It went down a treat on this hot and sticky day. It was low in fat and didn't cost much to make since I used canned evaporated milk. There are lots of ways to make ice cream at home if you don't have a churn, even if you don't have a machine. I have seen it done with hand mixers and even in plastic bags. Have you ever made ice cream? What method do you use?
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@TRBRocks420 (77753)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Aug 16
Sounds pretty good and, we use evaporated milk, when we make snow ice cream also vanilla flavoring.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
11 Aug 16
I have never made snow ice cream, but we usually get plenty of snow. I may try it.
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@TRBRocks420 (77753)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Aug 16
@Rollo1 It's my favorite, you want to wait until the second snow of the year though.
@moffittjc (43074)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Aug 16
Growing up, my parents had an ice cream machine, and once a week--usually on a Sunday--my parents would make homemade ice cream for all the family. My brother and I loved eating that ice cream, and we looked forward to it all week long!
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@marlina (73881)
• Canada
17 Aug 16
Lovely memory!
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@moffittjc (43074)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Aug 16
@marlina It was a lovely memory, and I remember the ice cream tasting better than anything that could be purchased in a store!
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@Tampa_girl7 (25722)
• United States
17 Aug 16
It has been years since I made it. We did have an ice cream maker at the time.
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• United States
17 Aug 16
Certainly sounds like a tasty treat and I like that you used the evaporated milk. I've never made ice cream but you have intrigued me as it seems so easy
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• Israel
12 Aug 16
Never made homemade ice cream ... Sometimes I buy ice cream.
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• India
12 Aug 16
I prefer eating than making ice-creams.
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@skysnap (17817)
12 Aug 16
I never used any machine to make ice cream. I just bought those ready to use packets and put them in fridge.
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
12 Aug 16
Go to Safeway. Walk to frozen section. Buy chocolate chip cookie dough. Eat.
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@BelleStarr (38385)
• United States
12 Aug 16
I never have but when we were kids mom used to make sherbet in ice cube trays and it was delicious.
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@rina110383 (24134)
12 Aug 16
I love eating ice cream especially my favorite one - pistachio but haven't tried making one.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
12 Aug 16
i haven't in years, but have pondered this since I could make it low fat and with stevia
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@marguicha (94995)
• Chile
11 Aug 16
My mother had an awesome ice cream machine years ago. I remember an apricot icecream she made with the apricots of her apricot tree. Best icecream ever. Now I don´t eat much icecream. And I shouldn´t eat sugary food.
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@mom210 (6761)
• Atlanta, Georgia
20 Nov 16
We have a little machine, I have not made any in a couple years but keep thinking about it. We need to whip it out
@marlina (73881)
• Canada
17 Aug 16
Smart of you! Never tried to make ice cream in all my "long" life.
@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
12 Aug 16
Yum! No I've never made ice cream myself. I got myself a new mixer recently - I guess that's a good reason to start making homemade ice cream!
@jaboUK (53942)
• United Kingdom
11 Aug 16
I love ice cream, but have never made it. i'm glad that your improvised version turned out well.
• United States
11 Aug 16
Yes the very old fashioned way-- crushed rock salt surrounding a metal canister using a crank . . . evaporated milk should be banned IMHO but since you found a good use for it, I won't complain