June 14, 2010
Call to readers: We want your homemade ice cream stories

vanillaicecream.jpgI scream, you scream, haven't we all screamed (at least once) while making homemade ice cream?

The pride and delicious joy that accompanies homemade ice cream is lovely, but sometimes making it is a bit, well, humorous.

My first go-round with a Cuisinart ice cream maker was far from perfect. The appliance only spent a few minutes out of the box before I was eagerly skimming the instruction manual, paying attention primarily to the recipes.

Once I realized I had all the ingredients on hand to make strawberry ice cream, it was game on.

I mixed, poured and flicked the switch. After 30 minutes, no ice cream, just pink-hued liquid spinning in the ice cream maker.

I was oblivious to a very critical step - freezing the maker's chilling chamber (insert hand-smack to the forehead). That night, we resorted to Dreyer's, but since then I've learned to keep the chilling chamber in the freezer. Now I'm an ice cream-making addict. Coffee, mocha chocolate chip, berry frozen yogurt. You name it, I'm willing to make it.

Do you have a funny story about making ice cream or just love making your own ice cream at home? Send me your stories and recipes at along with your name, phone number and city of residence. Your comments could be used in an upcoming Bee story.

*Bee file photo of homemade vanilla ice cream by Kevin German.

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