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Happy 4th of July – Happy Summer With Ice Cream of Course!

Can you believe it is July already? I just don’t know where the time goes!

 
Well we just got finished with June and that is “Dairy Month”…but the fun continues. It is July and that means “Ice Cream Month” !
 
So enjoy this yummy treat with your family. Don’t forget to think about all of the dairy farmers you support when you enjoy your ice cream and all dairy products. We appreciate it.
 
I have included a link that gives you everything you have ever wanted to know about ice cream.
 
Happy 4th of July and Happy Summer!
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Celebrate!

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90% of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

The International Ice Cream Association (IICA) encourages retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. In 2010, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 18.

The U.S. ice cream industry generates more than $21 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands of citizens. About 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry.

In celebration of Ice Cream Day…heck the month…why not make some! Here is a fun and easy way using a Ziploc bag!

(A fun thing to do with the kids or grandkids!)

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag
Milk can become homemade ice cream in five minutes by using a bag! This homemade, creamy treat is a summertime delight for kids and adults alike.

What you’ll need:
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup milk or half & half
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons rock salt
1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g., Ziploc)
1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag
Ice cubes

How to make it:
Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.
Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.
Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!
Tips:
A 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don’t increase the proportions more than that — a large amount might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.

Enjoy!

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