One of my latest projects here has been dabbling into making homemade ice cream from our goat's milk. This has come with some very surprising and yummy rewards for sure! Back before the holiday season I suddenly had an epiphany one day when I was thinking about what to do with our abundance of milk. I haven't been completely satisfied with how much milk it takes to make cheese and although our cheese is delicious and we all love it, I was looking for some other uses for our milk and that is when I thought ICE CREAM!!! I immediately went on the search for an ice cream machine and I literally have not stopped making ice cream since! Due to the nature of the ice cream making process I can currently only make one batch a day but do hope to expand to being able to make more soon!
The best part about this whole endeavour is that the ice cream I make is 100% natural without any of the gelatins or preservatives found in store bought ice creams. (the exception of course being the "junk food" variety of ice creams such as cookies n' cream or Skor) All of my recipes so far for ice cream are literally made with just our milk and then sugar as the base. Flavours are added from there consisting of a variety of organic fruits and nuts as well as natural extracts. So far I have made the following flavours;
Maple Walnut, Chocolate Mint, Strawberry, Chocolate, Butterscotch Ripple, Orange, Cherry, Skor, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, Cookies N Cream and my personal favourite - Strawberry Orange Banana!
I have plans to continue making different varieties but so far I am often making repeat batches as they all get eaten up!
Now that the holidays are over and I am back in school full time it will be
difficult to keep up on all my projects but I will certainly try! I still have
to jump into the world of making soaps and just yesterday I bought myself a
yogurt maker! Oh the many wonderful things you can do with goats!
“Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”
- Anatole France
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