When folks are using sidewalks as griddles and baking biscuits in their cars, you know you've got a heat wave on your (sweaty) hands. Take a tip from the folks at Knox who published "Dainty Desserts for Dainty People" way back in 1915. They didn't need any newfangled plug-in freezers or schmancy ice cream gizmos to keep cool in the middle of a blistering summer - just a block of ice in a chest, or crushed ice mixed with rock salt.
Where'd the ice come from without a home freezer? Let's not get too hung up on the details (a strapping delivery gent would come around with a wagon full of blocks and some tongs) when there are brains to be frozen and tongues to be tantalized.
Here's your assignment, should you choose to accept it.
Plate it up all pretty, take a picture and either post it in the comments or on your own blog and leave a link in our comments. As we have in the past, we'll happily, giddily, gleefully link to your blog and show the world just how cool our readers really are. Get churning!
The Coffee Can Method
Pour your mixture into a 1 lb coffee can and seal it tightly.
Place that can into a 3 lb coffee can, layer ice and rock salt around it and seal that tightly as well. Roll the large can between your feet or between two people for 10-15 minutes.
Then open the can, take the smaller can out, clean it off, unseal, and stir the contents. Reseal the can, pack it into the larger can, place in more ice and rock salt and repeat the process until the mixture is semi frozen. Pour it into a container and place in whatever you're using as a freezer until it reaches the desired solidity.
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