Tuesday, April 17, 2012

No Ice Cream Today

I'm not much of a cook. I'm not terrible, but I'm not gourmet either. This post (from May 8, 2007) is one of my more spectacular failures.  


I don't know why, but my ice cream maker was calling to me last week. I saw this great ice cream recipe about two years ago on Good Eats, and I've been itching to try it out ever since. I just never got around to it. So, I figured that now was the time.

I got the ice cream maker out of the garage, cleaned it off, and found that the motor still ran. Then it was just a matter of getting ingredients.

I bought the stuff I didn't have. I meant to get to it over the weekend, but I got sidetracked by a headache. Sure, I could have put it off again, but since two of the ingredients are half-and-half and heavy cream, I didn't really have all that large a window. So, on Monday I broke down and did it.

I left the mixture overnight in the fridge, and today I put it in the ice cream churner. I followed the directions. The last direction stated that the thing should stop churning after 40 minutes, but if it didn't to stop it after 50 minutes. So, at 50 minutes (and change) I pulled the plug. I opened the machine. And what did I find? The same liquid I started with.


I'm going over it in my mind. What did I do wrong? I followed the recipe. The liquid is correct. I'm pretty sure. So it has to be the ice cream maker. It must be defective. Though, this wasn't my first time using it. Okay, so it's been several years, but it worked just like before.

It has to be the machine. I'm not that inept a cook. So, into the trash the machine goes. With doubts. And I can only dream of what could have been.

It was the machine. That Christmas I asked for a new ice cream maker, and I broke in my new toy the following January. That ice cream recipe is really good. I've made it several times since, and this ice cream maker still works just fine.


  1. What is the ice cream recipe? I feel like this is a cliffhanger that will never resolve.

    I had an ice cream maker once. I got it by taking it from my brother. I'd given it to him as a wedding gift, because I never really liked my brother, and then when I was at his house, I saw he'd never opened it so I borrowed it from him and never gave it back. (Did I mention I never really liked my brother?)

    I loved making ice cream, pain in the ass though it was. I should get one again. But my brother isn't getting married anytime soon, and I'd hate to wreck that loop. It's the circle of life.

    1. The link appears to be working. I don't know what happened earlier.

  2. So there WAS a link.

    Well played, Liz. Well played.

  3. It was probably the machine. It might not have gotten cold enough.

  4. That sounds familiar. We used to have an ice cream maker, but we tried it and it didn't work.

  5. I've never made homemade ice cream. But I have had ice cream twice this week, when I probably don't normally have it more than 10 times a year. If something is sweet, I can't make it.


I appreciate your comments.

I respond to comments* via email, unless your profile email is not enabled. Then, I'll reply in the comment thread. Eventually. Probably.

*Exception: I do not respond to "what if?" comments, but I do read them all. Those questions are open to your interpretation, and I don't wish to limit your imagination by what I thought the question was supposed to be.