Wednesday, January 17, 2007

My New Toy


I got a new toy for my birthday! No, it’s not a Treo or an Ipod, like some other bloggers I know.
Remember, it’s summer here. I got an ice cream maker attachment for my KitchenAid mixer!
I love using my KitchenAid mixer anyway. It makes me feel like a “real missionary” from the days when every missionary wife had one to grind the family’s peanut butter and make the Sunday morning sausage. It kneads four pizzas worth of dough every Friday afternoon. But this ice cream maker attachment puts it over the top!
It’s a bowl with really thick sides and a gel inside. It’s REALLY HEAVY (read, “hard to transport internationally). It lives in the freezer and I can have homemade ice cream in about 4 hours with about 45 minutes worth of work with no ice/rock salt mess. Most of the work is chopping delectable ingredients to put in the ice cream and most of the time is chilling the ingredients and curing the ice cream afterwards.
The best thing is that apparently Ben and Jerry had this ice cream maker in mind when they wrote their recipe book. So far we’ve perfected Cherry Garcia. Tonight we moved on to Chocolate Peanut Butter with Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chips (the peanut butter chips came air mail from Grandma).
The most difficult thing, and the reason it took awhile to perfect Cherry Garcia, is the math involved. You see, heavy cream or whipping cream in the US has a 36% milkfat. Heavy cream here has a 53% milkfat. So, I had to adjust the milk to cream ratio accordingly: .53x + .04y = .84 with x + y = 5. Remember those from high school algebra class? Well, I SURE DON’T! Anyway, with a little trial and error on a calculator I got pretty close. Wanna know how close? Come on over and try the ice cream!

10 comments:

Kevin Bussey said...

Nice toy. At least mine won't cause me to gain wait! :)

Cam Dunson said...

SO TRUE!!

Jonathan said...

Cam,

I came across your blog when I was on the SBC Outpost. I have to assume that you are the same Cam that used to be a Corley and went to Prince Avenue when you were in Athens, GA. I trust you are doing well.

Blessings,
Jonathan

Lori Vernon said...

Oh my gosh, Cam! Those ice cream descriptions make my mouth water! But I have to agree about that certain "pioneer-y" feeling that I get when I'm doing something by hand... like mashing pumpkin with a mortar & pestle for pumpkin pie or even just washing laundry by hand... it's a connection to the past that I never expected.

Paul Vernon said...
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Paul Vernon said...

Heheh, it's strange to read a comment from your wife when you're about to leave one yourself...

I love Cherry Garcia, it's near the top of the list for our next trip back to the states. And I'm very impressed with the algebra, those aren't simple calcs.

I only wish we could come over and try the ice cream ourselves.

Cam Dunson said...

HEY, JONATHAN!!
It's great to hear from you!! Yes, it's me--14 years, 2 kids, and 20 pounds later!
I really enjoyed your blog-very good read! I assume you've adopted a girl from overseas? Sounds like a real blessing!
keep in touch,
cam

Cam Dunson said...

Lori,
Glad to hear from you. I hope this means that the first trim. is past and you're feeling better . . . Have been praying for you guys.

Hard to feel pioneery when I'm using my electric blue KitchenAid, tho!

Cam Dunson said...

Paul,
Good to hear from you as well,
Just wanted to let you know I've really enjoyed those podcasts of Pastor Jack at your mission meeting! It's so neat to hear him speak to missionaries, yeah?!
all the best,
cam

Jonathan said...

CAM,

Actually 3 kids from overseas. Could you send me your email address sometime?

Jonathan