Thursday, October 30, 2008

Day 192 of our Green Year: Making Our Own Ice Cream

Who isn't a fan of ice cream? Here at the ranch, we all enjoy having some ice cream, but the organic ice cream we find is too small for five people, and far too expensive. So, Layla and I have decided to try making our own ice cream instead. We thought we would need a special device (like a churn) to do this, but as it turns out, you don't. In fact, you can make it with some household ingredients and a plastic bag or container.

First, you need the following ingredients:
  • Tablespoon of sugar
  • Half a cup of milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons of rock salt or regular salt
  • One large Ziploc-type bag
  • One small Ziploc-type bag
  • Enough ice to fill half the bag
So, fill the bag with ice halfway, then add the salt and seal it. In the smaller bag, mix the sugar, milk and vanilla together. Then, put the smaller bag inside the larger back and shake. After about five minutes of shaking, you will have ice cream in the smaller bag!

This is actually a quick and simple way to make ice cream, and it is relatively cost effective for how much you get.

More sad news on the environment front. It turns out that roughly one-third of all the fish-stock (small to medium fish) that is caught each year, is wasted on livestock. The sardines, anchovies, small fish and larger fish are often used for livestock feed because it is cheaper, despite alternatives like soy being much better for the animals.

As our fish stocks collapse (studies show as much as half of the ocean's species will be gone in 20 years), it is sad to hear that so many fish are being wasted when they do not need to be. Over-fishing is bad enough, wasting those caught is even worse.