Today is my birthday, and summer is almost here - ICE CREAM TIME! This ice cream is delicious, and it also brings smiling memories to me. My mother told me that when she was carrying me that she craved cherry ice cream. She laughed saying, "It is a wonder that you didn't come out blue from all the cold ice cream I ate." She made her scrumptious ice cream using evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed milk, and Mama didn’t use the lime juice and zest, but I like cherry and lime together. You can use lemon if you wish.
Celebrate with me with a dish of Mama's Cheery Cherry Ice Cream
1Combine undrained maraschino cherries and juice, sweetened condensed milk, lime juice and lime zest in a large bowl.
2Whip cream in a medium bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until stiff peaks form.
3Fold whipped cream into cherry mixture.
4Pour into a 2-quart freezer-safe container or a 9x5-inch loaf pan. My mother used ice trays (with the inserts removed) to freeze her ice cream.
5Cover and freeze until firm. Or you can leave in the freezer overnight.
NOTE: The longer you leave it in the freezer, the firmer it gets. If you want to make ice cream sandwiches (and this makes marvelous ice cream sandwiches -chocolate cookies, YUM), you need to have it real firm.
6Enjoy a bowl of Mama's Cheery Cherry Ice Cream!
7Cherries stain your hands. You can wear thin rubber gloves (but I can't work with them on). So, to remove the cherry stain from your hands, you can use some lime (or lemon) juice to do the trick. Wash hands first as you normally would do, and then just dry your hands and squeeze at least one teaspoon of FRESH lime (or lemon) juice onto your palms. Rub your hands together for about 30 seconds – make sure to cover your hands completely with the fresh juice. Then rinse your hands in lukewarm water and wash with your regular hand soap and water –dry hands with a paper towel or cloth towel. The stains should be gone, but if not you can repeat the steps. You can also use a liberal amount of white vinegar (following the above steps) to remove the stains –but since the lime or lemon juice handy – I used it.