July is National Ice Cream month so let’s take full advantage of it. Every summer I load up my KitchenAid® French Door Refrigerator with Preserva® with all kinds of ice cream products knowing full well it will keep my kids and their friends at my house. I also make homemade ice cream with my KitchenAid® Ice Cream Maker Attachment. First, let’s talk about storing ice cream and how to keep your frozen summer treats as fresh as possible.
I am always looking for a good deal so when ice cream goes on sale during the summer months, my cart at the grocery store is full. My family loves the classic flavors such as chocolate and vanilla. These are perfect to make sundaes but I also like to purchase boxes of individual treats. You can never have too many boxes of ice cream sandwiches, water ices and ice cream bars. These treats are great for summer parties when little hands can just grab their own. There is no fuss in serving dessert. I also like to purchase several boxes of low calorie treats for the moms that are counting calories and would like just a small 100 calorie dessert. I love that my KitchenAid® French Door Refrigerator with Preserva® has a two tier freezer drawer with storage dividers. It is easy to keep things organized and to see what you have in stock. I just open my freezer drawer to view my frozen treat buffet.
Ice cream doesn’t always last long in our house but when I fill up the freezer, I want to make sure it stays as fresh as possible. Keeping the air out is the best thing to do to keep your treats as fresh as possible. I always make sure I store any homemade ice cream in an airtight plastic freezer container. This keeps away ice crystals and freezer burn. When you are storing store bought containers that have been opened, you can wrap a layer of plastic wrap in between the ice cream and lid to make sure no air gets through. As for individual wrapped products, they can be placed in a freezer bag for extra protection or kept directly in the box that they came in. Ice cream products are best when the freezer temperature is kept from -5 to 0 degrees F.
Now that we know about storing ice cream, let’s get to the good stuff which is homemade ice cream. Homemade ice cream cannot be stored for long but that is never a problem in our house. It is usually eaten in a day. If you need to store homemade ice cream for more than a few days then it is best to make a small batch so storing is not a problem.
I love using my KitchenAid® Ice Cream Maker Attachment with my KitchenAid® Stand Mixer. It is so easy to use and the bowl stores nicely in the freezer. In making ice cream, the hardest part is deciding what flavor to make. Sometimes I want a sinfully decadent ice cream such as Spiced Caramel Brown Butter Ice Cream while other times I prefer something fruity and light such as Basil and Strawberry Riesling Sorbet. One of my children’s favorites is this Salted Caramel, Pretzel & Nutella Ice Cream so I decided to make this decadent summer treat for them. It is basically a no-cook vanilla ice cream recipe where a few scrumptious additions are added. Feel free to substitute the additions. My kids love salted caramel and Nutella so that is what works for us. The crushed up pretzels give the ice cream a nice texture. However nuts or crushed cookies would work too.
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month and stock your freezer with some ice cream treats. Whether it’s store bought or homemade, I guarantee you won’t have a problem finding someone to share with!
Salted Caramel, Pretzel & Nutella Ice Cream
Makes 1 quart
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup fine sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
1/2 cup caramel sauce plus extra for garnish
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup crushed thin pretzels, plus extra for garnish
1/3 cup Nutella, plus extra for garnish
Place your KitchenAid® Ice Cream Maker Attachment bowl in the freezer for at least 15 hours before use.
In a large bowl, whisk together cream, milk, sugar and vanilla bean paste. Mix well until all the sugar is dissolved.
Put the mixture into your KitchenAid® Ice Cream Maker Attachment bowl and churn for about 25 minutes or until it is soft serve consistency.
While the ice cream is churning, mix together the caramel sauce, salt and crushed pretzels in a small bowl. Set aside until ice cream is churned.
Once ice cream is churned, place in a freezer safe container. Gently mix in pretzel mixture and Nutella and swirl around.
Freeze the mixture for a few hours before serving. When serving, garnish with extra caramel, pretzels and Nutella if desired.