Host a Summer Ice Cream Making Party

altOne of my favorite things about Summer Entertaining is keeping things simple and without stress. Hosting a homemade ice cream making party is a super easy event to pull together and it's sure to be a winner with everyone.

Warm Summer nights are just perfect for hanging out with friends and making ice cream is the perfect excuse to get everyone together to cool off together. So while the Farmer's Markets are brimming with fresh peaches, strawberries and all the other amazing vine ripened fruits of summer, it's the perfect inspiration for making homemade ice cream. So let's get you started off with some equipment and recipes that will get you off and running on making your own super creamy and refreshingly cool summer ice creams.

 
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The simplicity behind the design of this  Cusinart Ice Cream freezer blows the doors off the old crank style ice cream freezers that used to require lots of set up and maintenance, using messy ice and salt. What I love about this particular model is that you keep the freezer bowl stored inside your freezer, so you'll always be ready to whip up a batch of ice cream at a moments notice and it can take as little as 15 minutes to churn up a batch.  And this one comes with an extra freezing bowl too, so you'll be able to make double batches if you need larger quantities or you want to make two different flavors.
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So now that you've got your ice cream freezer ready to go, here's a yummy summer peach ice cream recipe that's not custard based, so the process of making it is super quick and doesn't involve dirtying up a lot of extra dishes. And if you've already got your BBQ heated up for grilling, you can throw on a few fresh peaches and grill them to use as a delicious side garnish for this creamy peach ice cream. 
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But if strawberries are more what you're craving, then you'll love trying this Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream. This recipe is dual purpose because it also provides you with a simple vanilla based ice cream recipe to start off with, so if vanilla is another one of your favorites, you'll learn how to make that too.
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To add more fun to the party, serve your homemade ice cream up in these cool old fashioned soda fountain glasses. They come in a set of 12 and are super well-priced too, so you'll be able to have plenty on hand for all of your guests. 
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