Did you see the Blue Moon this week? It’s the second time this month we have had a full moon, the second cycle is referred to as the “Blue Moon”.
The phrase “once in a blue moon” has brought on new meaning to me as I have gotten older. There are things that I just never have time to do that I enjoy, one of them is making fresh ice cream. Life is too short not to take time for simple little pleasures.
Blue Moon ice cream is a Wisconsin favorite, a best seller at our family’s restaurant. It has the suburb combination of watermelon, blueberry and raspberry that can’t be beat. You can make your own ice cream simply with a few plastic baggies and ice, it’s a fun project for kids and great entertainment for a hot day.
1/2 pint fresh blueberries
1/4 of a large watermelon, Rhine removed, seeded and chopped into 1″ cubes
1/2 pint fresh raspberries (you can substitute 2 Tablespoons low sugar Raspberry jam if needed)
2 cups almond milk or whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups ice
1/2 cup table salt
2 large gallon sized zip lock baggies
2 sandwich size zip lock baggies
Blend the fresh fruit and milk together in a blender until smooth. Add the sugar, blend again.
Pour the mix into two sandwich baggies, only filling them about 1/2 way. Close the bags, releasing as much air as possible. Divide the ice and salt into the two gallon sized bags. Close the top, shake the bag briefly to combine the ingredients. Open the bag, add the ice cream mix Baggie, close the top.
Here’s the fun part. Shake the bag all you can until the ice cream gets firm. It only takes about 10 minutes. This may require you to wear gloves or pot holders on your hands, as the salt lowers the freezing temperature of the ice and it becomes very cold. You can play catch with the bags out side until it hardens, but I wouldn’t recommend doing it inside the house.
We have had exploding bags in the past, trust me on this one, do it outside. Exploding bags of ice cream are not a pretty sight.
When the ice cream has to hardened, you can eat immediately ( it will be a soft set ice cream, similar to ice milk), or freeze until completely hard and serve later. Dispose of the bags, ice and salt afterwards.
Today is a beautiful hot sunny day, I will be spending my time on the porch nibbling on our Blue Moon Ice Cream and fanning myself with Granny’s vintage fan from Japan. Sounds like a great way to spend the day, doesn’t it?
Who knows, I may even take a nap on the porch! It is once in a blue moon after all.