This winter has been rough. A combination of multiple heavy snow storms and frigid temps has made this winter the harshest I can remember. And, it is far from over.
The other day I saw someone post that they made ice-cream from snow. Well, with almost a foot of freshly fallen snow, I figured I would give it a shot. Off to pinterest I went.
I found several links to different ways to make it. Most called for milk, sugar, salt, vanilla, and of course snow. Well, I didn't have enough milk, so basically clicked on several links looking for an alternate recipe. I found the EASIEST one, and it did not need milk. Instead it needed sweetened condensed milk, which oddly I had in the house lol.
You only need the following:
about 10 cups of clean snow
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
vanilla - I like a lot of vanilla, but generally never measure it
Mix is all together and viola - ice cream. It was really good.
I really think that the condensed milk could really make a big difference in the texture of the ice cream. If you see in the pictures, it really does look like mashed potatoes. Which when I added caramel on top - it REALLY looked like mashed potatoes. I'm sure the consistency of your snow will totally alter the texture of your ice-cream. Mine the 2x I made it was the texture/consistency of homemade ice-cream. I think if I used the milk recipe, it would have been like italian ice.
See looks like mashed potatoes, especially with the carrots next to it lol.
Cost wise, honestly - not really a big cost savings using this method. Using the recipes using milk and sugar is probably a *free* way to make this since most people will have that in the house. But, even though I had the condensed milk in the house, for the second batch - I had to buy a can.
I got a can on sale for $1.65. The next highest price (which was not on sale) was $2.29. You can get a regular container of ice cream on sale for $2.99. That container would last a lot longer than snow ice cream. But, we all had ice cream (5 of us), and still stashed a bit in the freezer. But - obviously a fun thing to do to make the best of the snow.
Oh, and it is super cold!