Co-workers ask for Tina's homemade ice cream
Written by By KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor
Thursday, 28 August 2008
|Tina Shultz is not a member of the Baskins, Robbins or Breyer clans.
TIna Schultz with her homemade mint oreo ice cream. (Photos: Bianca_Garza/Sentinel-Tribune)
But if she put the "Shultz" stamp on a brand of ice cream she'd have people lined up out the door to buy a pint or a gallon.
Her homemade ice cream tops 'em all.
"She is the official ice cream maker for our family get-togethers," confirms mom Nancy Heyman, of Grand Rapids.
"She adds mint Oreos sometimes, or just plain Oreos" and the resulting flavor is minty, melty perfection.
Shultz, now a Bowling Green resident, has had her basic ice cream recipe for about a decade now.
"I acquired the recipe with my ice cream freezer," she recalls. "I've experimented with lots of different flavors, but mint Oreo seems to be our favorite."
She has one niece who - "believe it or not - doesn't like chocolate. So I tried white chocolate with macadamia nuts and that was good, but not as good as the mint Oreo!"
During the summer months she estimates she makes ice cream every three to four weeks, most often for family functions of one sort or another. The upcoming Labor Day weekend is a given.
"I actually made (a batch) and took it to work" where it created lots of new fans at Derr in Bowling Green. Shultz is the purchasing manager for Derr, formerly Henry Filters, where she has been employed for more than 20 years.
Derr has a yearly company chili cook-off and this past year co-workers asked her to bring her ice cream "because it sounded good with the chili."
Their instincts were spot on, and the flavor combination was a hit with everyone.
Shultz has also been known to gift friends with a dish of homemade ice cream on their birthdays.
Making homemade ice cream is not the hard-labor sentence it once was, Shultz said.
"It's much easier today with electric ice cream makers than the old hand-crank freezers. 'Cause I can remember doing that as a kid."
Shultz received her current ice cream maker as a gift from her own mother.
"It was something I had asked for; I think I had had one previously that had broken."
Prep time these days is also quite reasonable. The mixing process takes anywhere from half an hour to an hour, then an hour or more is required for freezing.
"I added the cookie pieces later, but it can be done earlier in the process, too."
Her only proviso: it must be Oreo brand cookie pieces.
"The chunk sizes can vary" depending on the ice-cream maker's preference. "I prefer pretty sizeable chunks."
Compared to the store-bought variety, homemade ice cream ends up with a more chunky consistency, Shultz believes, "and a lot of times homemade ice cream just seems colder than regular ice cream!"
Shultz's recipe is sufficiently rich, sweet and creamy to make everyone happy and the novelty of its fresh flavor is eye-opening.
Mint Oreo ice cream
Body: 2-1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cups milk (I have used either whole or 2%; equally successful)
4 eggs, beaten
4 cups (1 qt.) whipping (heavy) cream
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
Combine sugar, flour and salt in saucepan. Gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat approximately 15 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly.
Gradually stir about 1 cup of hot mixture into the beaten eggs. Add to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute; remove from heat. Refrigerate at least 2 hours (I often refrigerate it overnight).
Combine whipping cream and vanilla in large bowl; add chilled mixture, stirring with wire whisk to combine. Freeze per your ice cream freezer's instructions.
While the ice cream is freezing, crush or cut up about 30 mint-Oreo cookies (or any other favorite). When electric ice cream freezer shuts off and ice cream is "done", transfer it to a 1-gallon plastic container. Stir in the cookie pieces, mixing well.* Cover and put in the freezer to continue the
freezing/hardening process. Ready to serve within an hour or two-depending on how solidly frozen you like your ice cream or how badly you want to try it out!
*The cookie pieces can also be added prior to the electric freezing process, depending on your preference.
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