Sunday, July 20, 2008

Chillin' in the Hot Summah

Here is a way to chill this summer:

Vanilla Ice Milk
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 (12 oz) can evaporated lowfat milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp sugar substitute
2 large egg yolks
2 1/2 cups low fat milk
1/4 heavy cram1 table spoon vanilla extract (**I recommend using more to your taste this recipe left me wanting a little more vanilla taste. you may have to increase the sugar just a bit too.)

In a medium saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over evap milk. Let stand for 5 minutes to soften. Whisk in sugar, sugar substitute and egg yolks until no trace of yolks remain. Over medium heat, cook stirring constantly, 10-15 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly and coats back of spoon.

Remove from heat; stir in lowfat milk, heavy cream and vanilla. Pour into large aluminum loaf pan or rectangular baking pan. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled. Cover with foil and freeze 2 hours OR FREEZE IN ICECREAM MAKER FOLLOWING MANUFATURERS INSTRUCTIONS* (preferred method)

Manual instructions: In a large bowl, beat mixture until smooth and creamy. Return to pan cover and freeze 2 to 3 hours. Transfer to bowl and beat again. Place ice milk in airtight container, cover and greeze until ready to serve. Remove from freezer 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Makes 12- 1/2 cup servings. **95 calories per serving! (but who can just eat a 1/2 cup serving??!)

We tried this recipe yesterday and the texture of the icemilk was wonderful. Just like soft-serve icecream. The only thing I would change is the vanilla....I would increase it because I just love the taste of homemade vanilla icecream. :o) This was easy and tasty. Let me know if you try it. :o)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Another summer drink

I think I invented this drink, and if so, I will have to come up with a name for it. Ideas?

Anyway, this is a healthy alcoholic drink because the main ingredient is red grapefruit juice with calcium. ;) I use Florida's Natural in the refrigerated section; it has fewer calories (90 per 8 oz.) than those on the shelves (roughly 120). Also, it's squeezed and not from concentrate, or so they claim. Tastes fresh, though.

Here's how I make it:

2 parts ruby red grapefruit juice
1 part lime vodka
1 part club soda
1 packet Equal (substitute) sweetener

It's yummy.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Just Can It

I found an outstanding recipe for no cook freezer jam. Yummm!

It's very easy even I can do it.

Here is a video tutorial thanks to the Ball canning people.

I hope to try some strawberry freezer jam this week.

**UPDATE** I made strawberry freezer jam this week. It was so easy, even my 9 year old and 5 year helped. I will definitely do it again. Raspberries? I picked up the Ball No-Cook Pectin packets and the plastic Ball screw top freezer jars at Winco but I also saw them also at Walmart. Happy jamming!