Ice Cream Recipes The Kids Will Enjoy Making At Home

For a safe, fun, and tasty family activity, nothing beats making homemade ice cream. It is a great way to bring everyone together and help create something that everyone can enjoy. Ice cream machines can be purchased for home use and they are a must have small kitchen appliance for any one who loves to indulge in delicious frozen treats. Over time they can be a huge money saver as well.

Top Ice Cream Makers

Buying an ice cream makerWhether you want an old fashioned model that uses ice and salt or you want a modern machine that handles everything for you with the push of a button, there are plenty of high quality models to choose from. There are plenty of reviews to help you find the best ice cream maker for your kitchen. Today’s ice cream machines are also capable of making frozen yogurt, sorbets, gelato and much more.  We are currently using the Breville Smart Scoop home ice cream machine and we absolutely love it.  We love Breville products and this machine was a bit on the expensive side, but for us it was well worth the money.  With a fancy led screen and having its own compressor gives up the ultimate modern convenience to satisfy our dessert cravings whenever they occur.

Overall though, these frozen treat makers are quite affordable.  Once you buy a new machine it can be quite fun to experiment with all of the different flavors and ingredient combinations that are available. Below are just two examples to help you start your quest to making homemade ice cream.

Eggless Strawberry Ice Cream

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour

Ingredients
• 2 drops of red food coloring
• 2 cups of mashed fresh strawberries
• 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup of white sugar
• 2 cups of heavy cream
• 2 cups of whole milk

Directions

1. Combine food coloring, strawberries, vanilla, salt, sugar, cream and milk in a large bowl.
2. Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and freeze for a duration of 1 hour as directed by the manufacturer.

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Ready in: 9 hours

Ingredients
• 1/2 cup of coarsely crushed graham crackers
• 1/3 cup of key lime juice
• 1 teaspoon of Key lime zest
• 1 egg yolk
• 1 cup cream
• 2 cups of reduced fat milk
• 1/8 teaspoon of salt
• 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
• 1/2 cup of granular sweetener for ice cream

Directions

1. In a large heavy saucepan, whisk together salt, cornstarch and granular sweetener for ice cream. Add milk and cream then whisk. Cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat
2. Add egg yolk and whisk until slightly thickened
3. Into a bowl, pour the mixture through a wire mesh strainer. Put the mixture into a refrigerator and let it cool for about 1 hour.
4. Pour the mixture into a home ice cream maker machine and freeze according to the directions provided by the manufacturer. Stir in Key lime zest, crushed graham crackers and key lime juice. Let the ice cream stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving.

Indulge Yourself

Getting your own machine is indeed something that the entire family can take advantage of and with today’s ice cream makers there does not have to be a lot of work involved to produce a decadent frozen treat. If your kitchen does not have one of these appliances, then you do not know what your missing, especially for those with kids. Take the plunge, live a little, and start making your own ice cream.

The great thing about these appliances is that there are countless recipes that you can try at home.  Here is an added video recipe to help you make delicious mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Cook Healthier With These Oils

oilIf you want to live a healthy life, then you should pay attention to the oil you use for cooking. Have you ever thought about the effect the oils you use on your food have on your general health? Using saturated animal fat and other types of highly refined oils is a major cause of obesity and increased cholesterol. Some of the healthiest oils you can use for cooking are:

Extra Virgin Coconut oil (EVCO)

This oil is rich in fatty acids (lauric acid) which helps in lowering cholesterol levels. Research also indicates that coconut oil increases metabolism, and can help you lose weight if used in the right proportions.
Another reason why you should consider using EVCO is the fact that it has a long shelf life. It can take several months or even up to two years without going rancid.
Since it can sustain high heat cooking, you can use it effectively in diverse recipes. It adds flavor to foods, especially baked products.

Ghee

Also known as clarified butter, ghee comes with a lot of health benefits. It is rich in vitamin A, D and K and it also has traces of calcium and other minerals. Ghee is made by removing milk solids, so if you have lactose intolerance, you can still use it. You will have to consult with your doctor though to confirm if it is safe for you to take it.

It is one of the oils with the highest heating points, and some people find the aroma in ghee very pleasing, especially on vegetable dishes.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Olive oil is rich in antioxidants that protect your body against diseases caused by free radicals. It promotes a healthy heart by introducing good cholesterol in your system and lowering bad cholesterol. Some people suffering from arthritis find that when they use olive oil, their joint pains reduce significantly. This can be attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties of this oil.
You should use it mainly for your cold dishes such as salad dressing. This is because olive oil tend to oxidize when exposed to elements such as too much heat and light. However, you can still maintain all the necessary nutrients if you use it on dishes that require low heat.

Palm Oil

This oil is made up of saturated and monounsaturated oils. It is rich in vitamins, Co-enzyme Q10 and other nutrients needed in the body. It has a high heating point, so you can use it for most of your cooking that require high heat.

The best type to of palm oil to use is the unrefined red palm oil because it gives maximum nutrients.
However, there have been controversies surrounding the use of palm oil because growing of palm trees have led to degradation of rain forests and endangered tree species. There are still responsible farmers who grow and harvest their trees responsibly, so you can search and buy from them.

Avocado Oil

It is rich in monounsaturated fats and also provides vitamin E and other nutrients. It also has antioxidants that give a wide range of health benefits. It can withstand high heat, so it is suitable for different cooking methods that need heat. It can also be used effectively in cold dishes.

Sesame Oil

It is derived from the tiny sesame nuts and it contains high amounts of polyunsaturated fats. The nutrients found in sesame oil includes:Calcium, copper, magnesium, vitamin B6 and iron. It works well in marinating foods, and in stir fried vegetables. There are two varieties, the light sesame oil which is mostly untoasted, and the dark toasted one that comes in a strong nutty aroma.

This oil can be mildly heated because it has a lower smoking point.

Canola Oil

This is one of the most healthy oils you can use for your cooking. It contains the lowest saturated fats compared to other oils and it is very rich in monounsaturated fats. It is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, and has been linked with reducing heart diseases. It also provides Vitamin A and E in the body.

Due to the fact that it has a neutral flavor and relatively high heating point, it is suitable for most dishes that require oil.

Another reason why you should consider using these oils is the health benefits they have on your hair and skin. Not only are they a good source of nutrients in your food, but you can also apply them topically on your skin and hair for beauty purposes.

Compliment Your Baked Goods With Ethiopian Coffee

 

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Few things taste better than baking up that perfect pastry or an after dinner piece of pie along with a fresh brewed cup of coffee.  Choosing the right kind of coffee bean is just as important as choosing the freshest ingredients for your baking recipes.  Here, we will examine why Ethiopia has some of the highest quality coffee exports and why if you haven’t tried it already you should treat yourself to this wonderfully flavored delight.

History

Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee. Coffea arabica, which is the most popular coffee species in the world, originated from Ethiopia. It is believed that a goat herder, by the name Kaldi, discovered coffee at the beginning of the 9th century. After his goats ate red berries from some wild shrubs in a bush, he noticed the energizing effect they had on his flock, and he decided to taste some himself, and he enjoyed them. Since then, people have been growing and drinking coffee in Ethiopia and other parts of the world. In fact, the drink has become an integral part of the Ethiopian culture and society, such that an elaborate ceremony is held regularly, just to drink coffee. In addition, it is the only country in the world where the locals consume over fifty percent of its total coffee production.

Main Types of Ethiopian Coffee Beans And Their Flavors

Ethiopian coffee is one of the most unique and sought-after coffees in the world, thanks to the rich array of varieties and flavors available. From rich red wine, to spicy, to chocolate tones, Ethiopia coffee has the best range of flavors one can ever ask for. The diverse tastes are attributed to the different climatic conditions of the growing regions.

There are two varieties of Ethiopian coffee: wet-processed and dry-processed varieties. The wet-processed beans are washed, and have light body and less wild tastes. They include Sidamo, Limu and Ghimbi among others. The dry-processed beans, on the other hand, are sun-dried, and have a rich earthy flavor with full body. Examples include, Harrar, Koratie etc. Here’s an in-depth look into different types of Ethiopian coffee beans and their flavors.

Ethiopian Harrar Coffee

This type of coffee is of the Arabica species, and is grown on small farms in Harrar region, in the Eastern part of the country. It is one of the oldest wild varieties used to make coffee to date. Ethiopian Harrar is known for its full body, dry edge, medium acidity and unique wine flavor. The beans, which are of medium size, have a distinctive greenish-yellow color. They are dry-processed, meaning that they are left to dry naturally in the sun, usually on tables and patios. The sorting and processing is done entirely by skillful manual laborers.

There are three categories of Ethiopian Harrar: longberry, shortberry, and mocha. The longberry variety, which is the most popular, has the largest beans, and is known for its slightly acidic, wine-like flavor. The shortberry variety are smaller in size than the longberry beans. The mocha, or mocca variety, command very high prices due to its pearberry beans. Rather the normal 2 beans per coffee cherry, mocha harrar has only one bean per cherry.

The best Harrar coffee beans have heavy body and rich aroma, with strong, dry, winy to fruity flavor. It is also not unusual to observe an intense aroma of blackberries or blueberries in this type of coffee.

Ethiopian Sidamo Coffee

Ethiopian Sidamo grows exclusively in Sidamo, in the southern part of the country. It has two varieties: washed and natural (sun-dried) coffee types. In addition, it has medium beans and greenish-grayish color. It is especially appreciated for its low-acidity, and deep, sweet flavor. A good Sidamo coffee usually has well-balanced tones of chocolate, wine and citrus.

Examples of Ethiopian Sidamo include Yirgachefe and Guji coffee varieties. The Yirgachefe coffee, which is the most favored of the two, is wet-processed (washed), and has a mild, fruity and aromatic taste.

Ethiopian Limu Coffee

Ethiopian Limu is a high quality coffee that grows in the Southwestern and South-central parts of Ethiopia. It has medium sized beans with unique roundish shape, and greenish color. Limu, which is wet-processed, has a noticeable sweet, winy and spicy flavor, with well balanced acidity and body. Because of this, it is sought after by numerous roasters around the world.
Ethiopian Ghimbi Coffee

This type of coffee is produced from the Western part of Ethiopia. It is distinguished by its sharp acidity, longer lasting body than Harrar coffee, as well as complex flavors and aromas. It is wet-processed, just like Sidamo and Limu.

Overall, Ethiopian coffee remains one of the best coffee varieties in the world. With a wide array of flavors to try, you’ll never run out of options. If you find yourself in Ethiopia, make an effort to take part in their coffee ceremony, to enjoy coffee like an Ethiopian.