Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Making some Snow Ice Cream....Remember to use Safe Snow

With the endless parade of snowstorms hitting the northeast, it is always great to look for something creative to do with the snow.  Well, how about Snow Ice Cream.  Leave it to the celebrity chefs like Paula Dean to provide some food use for snow.

This sounds great, however, people being people, we need to attach some conditions on the snow that will be used.  (These celebrity chefs always forget to mention those risks).  We need to remember that snow may become contaminated and that can make us or our kids ill.
  • Always use freshly fallen snow.  The longer it sits, the greater the chances that snow will become contaminated.
  • Never use discolored snow, especially if it is yellow.  Or brown.  Or multicolored.
  • Do not use snow that is taken from around bird feeders, bird houses, or other places where birds may have pooped.
  • Speaking of poop....avoid snow that is around animal paw prints.  Remember, those are not Lincoln Logs (Toy Story 3 reference).
  • Do not take snow from areas close to roads or sidewalks where is a chance that road salt or deicing salts may have been used. 

Snow Ice Cream

8 cups snow, or shaved ice
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place snow or shaved ice into a large bowl. Pour condensed milk over and add vanilla. Mix to combine. Serve immediately in bowls.

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