08/10/10 - The Birth of Ice Cream
I asked the kind folks at Porter Farms and Nursery if I could come and watch them make the ice cream. "Sure!" So yesterday I stopped by for about 30 minutes to watch the process. I didn't know exactly what to expect, but I figured I would be craving ice cream afterward, and I was.
Abby was making the ice cream yesterday, and she had large white buckets that she used to mix up the various ingredients for the different flavors and then put them into a machine. Pictured here is the part of the machine (COLDELITE) where the finished ice cream comes out. She would fill the bucket up part way, put in some mixings like oreo cookies for the cookies and cream flavor, and then add in some more ice cream, then more fixing... When the bucket was full, she'd stir with a large spoon, cap, label, and then put in the freezer. She said it takes about 24 hours to get chilled thoroughly.
In the spring during their strawberry picking season, Abby said she was making ice cream daily. This time of year, it's 1-2 a week. Wow, that sure is a lot of ice cream. I know the boys and I are eating our fair share:-)
I watched her make cookie dough, cookies and cream, and chocolate cherry chunk while I was there. Next up was birthday cake and mint chocolate chip. The mint flavor has the green color in it, so I can see why she would wait for last for that to process in the machine. The birthday cake has yellow cake mix, vanilla frosting, and sprinkles in it; truly it is cake ingredients. The strawberry cheese cake flavor which I think they are famous for has Cheesecake Factory cheesecake in it. Yum and double yum!
There is a collage of the whole process here:
And the area of the album with the larger/rest of the pics is here:
I liked the contrast of cream and metal in this shot:-) I have cropped a bit to get you closer to the cream!
A fawn showed up in my girlfriend Faith's yard yesterday by itself. He/she has what appears to be minor facial injuries from maybe bursting through a fence. Faith's backyard is fenced in, but there is a tree down on the fence, so the fawn most likely entered the yard at that spot. Also, there is nothing sharp in that spot. Last I heard, she hung out all day yesterday. We have the number of a wildlife rehab person and will call if it seems the right thing to do. The fawn is eating everything in sight and there's plenty of water in the area for him/her, so she's got a nice spot to hang out for as long as she wants. Here's a picture if you don't mind seeing the cut on the face/neck:
I had the 2nd story window open to take this.