Make your own vanilla ice cream

Make your own vanilla ice cream

The best summertime dessert
An ice cream maker is a bit of a luxury, but an affordable one. Tired of commercial ice cream, full of weird stabilizers and artificial flavors? Wanting to use up the delicious fruit surplus from the farmer's market? Interested in trying your own unique flavors? Make it yourself!
 
The New York Times has a recipe for the perfect basic vanilla ice cream. You can buy the ingredients from any grocery store, but it will turn out a thousand times better than the plain vanilla in that grocery store's freezer. And you can add whatever mix-ins you like. So yummy!
 
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
  • Love booze? Try making your own rum raisin! (Do they even sell rum raisin ice cream at the store anymore?
  • Green tea is one of my favorite hard-to-find flavors (at least in America). Use matcha green tea powder to create a delicious, caffeinated treat.
  • Speaking of caffeinated, add a few tablespoons of instant coffee (I recommend Starbucks Via packets) to make your own coffee recipe.
  • Grate a chocolate bar for chocolate shavings, or chop it up with a butcher's knife to add chocolate crumbles.
  • Use fresh fruit: peaches, raspberries, strawberries, and nectarines are all in season right now.