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#166: Memory of Childhood - 2: The Ice Cream Maker

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Have you ever eaten cantaloupe and ice cream? I was introduced to this as a youngster growing up on my grandmother's farm. She would cut a cantaloupe in half, scoop out the seeds, creating a small hole in the middle of the cantaloupe then fill it with ice cream. Taking a spoonful gave us a bit of fruit and ice cream that was simply delicious and made for a terrific summertime hot weather treat.

Most of the time the ice cream was strawberry because they grew wild along the slope of the nearby railroad tracks. We'd pick a basket full then my father and uncle and grandfather would begin the ritual of preparing the hand-cranked ice cream maker.

They'd pour in rock salt and other ingredients and start cranking. As a young boy, I always thought I could do a man's job and begged to be able to crank for a while. With solemn looks on their faces, the adults assured me that it was very hard cranking the handle in the beginning. I'd pout thinking I was Super Boy but patiently awaited my chance to be part of the process.

Finally, after what seemed much heavy labor on their part, they allowed me my chance. I'd grab that handle and crank, well, sort of crank, because it WAS hard to turn that handle. I realized the men were right but I was secretly pleased to have my chance to show how strong I was.

I'd practically turn blue turning that crank before they announced that the ice cream was ready.

It wasn't until years later that I learned that turning that handle was in fact easiest in the beginning and that the men were simply having fun with me.

When the ice cream was ready, we'd fill the scooped out cantaloupes, sit on the porch hoping to catch a bit of breeze and enjoy our sweet treat.

I don't know if hand-made ice cream makers are still available but if I ever have one and have a young person who wants to help that they can be assured they will be able to help...at the end when the cranking is easiest. emoticon
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    You're too funny!

    I remember those old ice cream churns well.
    4096 days ago
    There is nothing better that home made ice cream with the hand crank freezer! These new electric ones can't get the job done like real muscles can.
    4096 days ago
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    Lou, I actually HAVE had cantaloupe and ice cream...and can almost taste it from your blog. It is scrumptious. You bring back such awesome memories... emoticon
    4096 days ago
    I'm going to have to try canteloupe and ice cream. Childhood memories are great.
    4096 days ago
    I have never had cantaloupe and ice cream, it sounds good . My grandma use to make homemade blackberry cobbler and we would put ice cream on top of it. Yum Yum!
    4096 days ago
  • SUSAN134
    My Dad's favorite dessert when we were growing up was 1/2 cantaloupe with vanilla icecream. My mom would buy it from the grocer, handmade or storebought - my Dad loved it.

    I believe you can still buy icecream makers. We had one and then sold it a couple years ago at a yard sale.

    Thanks for your memories - I LOVE going on these trips down memory lane!

    4096 days ago
    We used to make home made ice cream at my grandparents' house in the summer! It was, indeed, a special treat! Your blogs have such a way of bringing to remembrance precious memories! Thank you so much!


    P.S. I seem to recall that the 6 of us grand-kids all begged for a chance to turn that crank, too! We never cranked for more than a few seconds before the adults took back the chore!
    4096 days ago
    What wonderful memories you have!! Thank you for such a delightful and true story. This journey of mine is very long and not about to get easier. It's good to remember the sweet payoff waiting for my labors!
    4096 days ago
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