I read an ice cream recipe one time that said no one should invest in an ice cream maker because only newlyweds make ice cream from scratch, and even they only make ice cream once or twice before sticking the ice cream maker in the garage to collect dust.
Well. I made that ice cream recipe (without the ice cream maker), and it was good. But with all due respect, my ice cream maker now makes an appearance in my kitchen every week or so. Maybe that's due to my gluten intolerance and a need to know exactly how my food is made, but a good ice cream maker is absolutely essential in my kitchen, thankyouverymuch.
Since I've gone gluten free, I've found that I have issues with some milk. Usually it's the "conventional" milks that give me trouble, but some organic milk gives me trouble too. I tried goat's milk, which left me feeling fine about half the time, but I had abdominal cramps just as often. I also tried soy, almond, and coconut milks. Not a fan. Plus, nuts might also be a problem for me. What a mess.
I've settled on the conclusion that I'm fine as long as I stick with organic dairy products from grass-fed cattle. You won't hear any complaints from me about that. It may be more expensive, but it's better for my body, better for the cows, and better for the environment. I buy local when I can find it, but I also like this brand, and this one.
I have a similar story about eggs. I would find myself wolfing them down only to have abdominal cramps an hour later. My body seems to do best when the eggs I eat are organic and from hens fed a "vegetarian" diet.
Try finding all that information on a carton of ice cream in the grocery store. I've tried all kinds of organic, nondairy, dairy, all natural, you name it ice creams in search of one that doesn't leave me feeling awful and seven dollars poorer. No such luck. So out came the old ice cream maker.
Without any further ado, here's my new favorite ice cream recipe. It's minty enough for my boyfriend, creamy enough for me, and fudgy enough for the both of us.
Mint Fudge Ice Cream