I am so excited! Yesterday I tried out my new(to me) Rival electric ice cream maker. I purchased it at a thrift store for $4. Off to a good start there. By the way this thing is so neat. Uses no rock salt or ice, you just freeze the base. Anyway, I digress....Where was I ? Oh Yes, Ice cream maker. I decided to kill two bird with one stone and try out my Mint Extract to see how it did. I made mint chocolate chip ice cream. It worked! It tasted like Mint choc chip ice cream. The boys want more mint so next time I will add maybe a teaspoon instead of half teaspoon. My Ice cream maker only makes 1 quart, but you can get one that make 1.5 quarts. I figured the cost of my "all natural" ice cream. It comes to $1.84 for all natural mint choc chip ice cream. Had I made just vanilla it would have been a whopping .96 for 2 quarts. Considering the cost of 1.5 quarts of Aldi brand mint choc chip ice cream is 2.69. I am way ahead. Cost per ounce of homemade=.029 or 3 cents an ounce, while the Aldi brand comes out at .059 or 6 cent an ounce. Way cool! No pun intended.
So with that being said, since extract was successful, I wanted to share what I did:
What you will need:
Vodka (80 proof. Not for drinking now!)
glass jars( I used wide mouth pint jar
First off you want to take your mint leaves off the branches and wash them well under cool water. Let them dry completely before you start.
Okay, I have to go get my boys out to the garden to work. Myself as well. I get help Yay!