Inside: Does your family love homemade ice cream? Here is the best strawberry ice cream recipe to make with your kids. It’s delicious and much healthier than the store-bought variety and it’s just in time for the hot summer months. Indulge with your kids and have fun creating one of the best ice creams ever!
As a child, the best part of my summer was making homemade ice cream with my dad. He loved ice cream and was a pro at making the creamy stuff. We kids were his devoted helpers.
I wanted my boys to have the same happy experience as I did and associate summer with homemade ice cream. So I was always on the lookout for great ice cream recipes.
My friend, Cindy Segawa is a connoisseur when it comes to ice cream. It’s her favorite food group! She gave me this recipe and another banana, orange and lemon recipe that we made with our kids throughout the hot summer months.
Have you ever made ice cream with your kids? If not, you’ll love this recipe…It’s super easy and super delicious. Make it a summer tradition!
The Best Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe
- 2 quarts Half & Half
- 3 cups of sugar
- 5 cups crushed fresh strawberries
- Rock salt (buy at any grocery store)
- Electric Ice Cream maker
- Wash and hull the strawberries
- Chop them in the blender
- Add the half & half and the sugar in increments with the strawberries in the blender. Blend
- Pour everything in a large bowl and stir. There should be a few small chunks of strawberries.
- Pour into the ice cream maker cannister
- Freeze according to directions. It usually takes our ice cream maker about 20 minutes
- Add some fresh strawberries to the top--the perfect finishing touch!
NOTE: There are many different kinds of ice cream makers on the market. I have an Aroma brand but we’ve also used the Cuisinart. Our family personally likes the more old-fashioned type ice cream makers. Take a vote to see which one your kids would like to try.
Making homemade ice cream is fun for the whole family. But it’s more fun when everyone in the family has a job to do and is part of the experience. Here are some ideas to make ice-cream making the best experience for your kids!
Healthy Tip #1: Divide and Conquer: Everyone Gets a Job
Even a 3-year old can help to make ice cream. Here are some jobs you can assign your kids when making homemade ice cream.
- Wash the strawberries
- Cut the green stem out of the strawberries (this can be done with a knife or even a child’s fingers)
Cut the strawberries in quarters and put them into the blender
- Chop the strawberries in the blender
- Mix the sugar and the Half & Half and blend in the blender. This needs to be done in batches. We usually mix a few of the strawberries and the milk mixture together
- Pour everything into a big bowl. Stir
Get the ice cream maker ready. Make certain the cannister that holds the mixture is clean. Pour the ice cream mixture into the canister
- Put the canister into the ice cream maker bucket. Put ice and rock salt around the ice cream bucket. Turn on the ice cream maker
- Watch the ice cream maker as it churns around and around. When it starts to slow down it means that the ice cream is almost ready. It will get so hard that the ice cream maker will stop. That means the ice cream is finished
- Take the ice cream out of the canister and pour into a large bowl. If you want semi-hard ice cream—dig in! If not, put into the freezer for it to harden further.
Healthy Tip #2: An Entrepreneurial Adventure: A Lesson in Math & Creativity
Yes, I know all about lemonade stands—I had one myself as a kid and all my sons had one when they were growing up. They are great and teach kids a bundle of things about business, costs, return on investment, etc. But, why not sell something new, creative, or original while still learning business basics?
What about: “Homemade Ice Cream in a Dish?”
It would take a little more work, but the lessons could possibly be more powerful because your child is doing something more innovative. And it just may be more successful than a lemonade stand. Why? Because it’s different and people aren’t expecting it.
Parents, please help your kids figure out all the costs because there are more ingredients required such as dishes, spoons, and napkins. And forget ice cream cones…homemade ice cream works better in a dish.
Here are some things to teach your kids when turning ice cream into a business:
- Teach about costs—keep track of the costs of all the ingredients and supplies
- Using simple math, help them to calculate how much it will cost for each dish of ice cream. This will be based on all the ingredients; the size of the dish (you should figure this in ounces and you may want to invest in an inexpensive scale to see how big each portion will be and how many dishes of ice cream you can get from each recipe.
- From that calculation, determine how much to charge per dish.
- Last, it’s important that your child understands about competition (since we live in a competitive world). Ask your kids: how can you make your homemade ice cream stand different from the competition? Is serving homemade ice cream the unique and different part of your stand? (I think so…)
- Later if your kids want to add something to the ice cream dish—consider toppings!
Try this ice cream stand and let me know how successful it is. To be honest, if I was driving down the road on a hot summer day and saw homemade ice cream for sale—I’d stop in a heartbeat and so would my kids. It’s something delicious, different and creative.
Healthy Tip #3: Be Creative…Try These Ice Cream Options
This recipe calls for strawberries, but any kind of berry or fruit will work: blackberries, boysenberries, blueberries or even peaches or kiwi. It’s a super easy basic recipe and variations with your kids will make it that more educational and fun!
And if you do try variations—tell us in the comment section below—would love to hear about what you and your kids create!
7 Books for Healthy Smart Kids in the Kitchen
You have the recipe, now you need some books to read while the ice cream is churning away! Here are some fun books about ice cream–some are for younger kids and others you teens will enjoy reading the recipes.
So, get your kids and start making homemade ice cream. Have you had some fun experiences with your kids making ice cream? Please share any and all ice cream experiences in the comment section below.
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