Hi there. Glad we could get together and talk about ice cream, a year-round dessert sold by our supermarkets. A few people churn it as we did in the good old days. Let’s take a look at how we made ice cream.
Ice cream brings memories of old things like rain barrels, ice houses, outhouses and cellar doors. Outhouses were common before indoor bathrooms where people went to the toilet. Bear with me as I write of the good old days when all things were not so great.
Older folks may recall rain barrels that caught water from roof downspouts that contained soft rain water to wash hair. Access to basements was eased by cellar doors that led to basements in the good old days.
But let’s concentrate on ice cream – a tastier subject. In my hometown of Shelby, Nebraska, an ice pond supplied ice before refrigerators were invented. Some farms had similar storage ice houses. See collage of common objects of yesteryear.
A mixture of milk, cream and vanilla were included in the recipe of homemade ice cream. But recipes varied. The ingredients were placed in a container which also held paddles. When placed inside the churn, ice and rock salt surrounded the container, and created the cold necessary to freeze the ice cream. It took a lot of cranking on a handle that turned the container, and it got harder to turn as the ice cream froze. Today, electric motors often replace hand cranks.
Maybe the hand-cranked ice cream tasted so good because of the physical effort required for creating it.
Friskie, our dog, is too young to remember the past as older people do. But she likes ice cream just as much as we humans.
You may remember lyrics of one of many versions of a song that went something like this:
“Shout down my rain barrel,
slide down my cellar door
and we’ll be jolly friends for evermore.”
Friskie just joined me as I finished writing. Using her paws, she fixed the shag carpet in my den just right to suit her.
Spring is just a few weeks away. We look forward to perennials bursting from the ground where they have been asleep during winter. Our planting of annuals will likely follow usual patterns, but this year we’ll need more help. Have a great week!
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