One of the benefits of the area we live in is the amount of nearby farms. In my town alone there are two farms, at least. There is a farmer’s market within 30 minutes of my house EVERY SINGLE DAY. There is every opportunity to get fresh, organic food.
One of the things I wanted to do this summer was make food for the family based on my pick-up at a farmer’s market. In my head, I visualized making a whole meal around the finds at a farmer’s market, but that’s just not realistic based on my family’s palate and my amateurish cooking skills. But I was able to come away with some deliciousness and Act #30 of Summer Awesomeness!
I grabbed 2 pints of perfectly ripe blueberries and a container of artichoke salad. The artichoke salad was delicious with some steaks we had marinated. And the blueberries, oh the blueberries, were made for blueberry ice cream.
The recipe I used was here. I heated up four cups of blueberries with 2 tablespoons of water. I followed the comments and just added one cup of sugar, tasted it and discovered it didn’t need any more sugar. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla.
After it had cooled, I strained it, mixed it with 4 cups of half and half and let it sit in the fridge. We were too anxious and only let it sit for 6 hours. I mixed it up with my ice cream machine – I have a KitchenAid Mixer with an Ice Cream Maker Attachment to make the ice cream. I then put it in the freezer. I tried to eat it after 2 hours in the freezer, but it wasn’t frozen yet, but it was ridiculously delicious.
Finally the next day it was ready. It was worth the wait.
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