Today is refrigeration appreciation day!

I recently read an article about George Washington and ice cream. In his day, a "cream machine for ice" was very expensive and its product could only be afforded by the privileged few. Since refrigeration was not yet invented, ice from frozen lakes and rivers was chopped into large chunks, wrapped in straw and buried in the ground. Sometimes the ice would last until August.

Thank goodness for refrigeration, 'cause I wouldn't be whipping up a batch of ice cream here in Florida at any time of the year, let alone in the middle of September.

The newest member of our family is a Cuisinart frozen yogurt, ice cream & sorbet maker. I wrote about it this week in my Table Scraps newspaper column.

After first making a "custard" and letting it refrigerate overnight, the mixture is poured into a revolving cannister the next day.

Within 20 minutes, the mixture looks like this and is ready for several more hours in the freezer.

Finally, it's time to eat!

Later this week... coconut-avocado ice cream. Really. I'll keep you posted.

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