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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Rhubarb Ice Cream

Chicken Gardening

The chicks have become garden groupies. Every time one of us goes out to do a little something in the garden, the chicks come running. They've finally connected the dots and realized that when we dig in the soil, wonderful goodies get turned up.

Roxanne gets the closest to the shovel--dangerously close, but then she loves worms and has an eagle eye. If I find a worm I’ll throw it to her and before it hits the ground she has it in her mouth and down the hatch. The other day she spied one on her own, a big fat one, and before I could blink she slurped it up like spaghetti---eeeewk!

Roxanne Gets in Close

Checking it Out

They've also taken a liking to one of my favorite plants, a beautiful white and green plant that adds a bright color to the shade garden. They must think it’s tasty or it’s had a run of bugs because they've nibbled it down to quite a bedraggled state.

My Once Favorite Plant

The girls do their part for the garden by providing great compost and turning the soil plus eating the nasty slugs and bugs in the garden, so I hate to complain when they get in the way of the shovel or nibble on the plants. According to the Omlet experts, chickens like a shaggy garden--that suits my gardening style perfectly!

Luckily my rhubarb plants are out of the chicks' territory as I've been on a rhubarb binge lately. There's something about the tart taste of rhubarb that I can't get enough of this time of the year. I've been making lots of old time favorites from my childhood such as rhubarb sauce, rhubarb crunch and rhubarb custard pie. But this past week I've been longing for something new: rhubarb ice cream. Even though I'd never tasted it and didn't have a recipe, it sounded so perfect I simply had to make some for myself.

Last Saturday I turned on the ice cream machine and began creating. The results? A creamy light vanilla ice cream with swirls of tart rhubarb running through it. Fabulous!

Unfortunately, it has a drawback. It tastes so good you can't stop indulging. It's like having a freezer full of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia, and no one's keeping doesn't last long!

Rhubarb-Swirl Ice Cream
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I always think homemade ice cream tastes best the day it is made. Or, maybe we just have a hard time keeping away from it once I've made it and it never lasts around here much longer than one day.

Rhubarb Sauce:
8 oz. rhubarb, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
8 oz. strawberries, sliced (about 1 ½ cups)
1/2 cup sugar

Ice Cream:
2 cups whipping cream
2 cups half and half cream
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Pile the rhubarb and strawberries together in a large saucepan and pour 1/2 cup of sugar over the fruit. Gently stir the mixture together and begin cooking over medium heat. Cover and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil. (Don't be tempted to add water, the fruit will eventually begin to soften and the sugar will melt creating enough liquid.)

Turn down the heat to medium-low and cook gently until the rhubarb is soft and the sugar has melted, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until the mixture is slightly thickened. Pour into a large bowl and refrigerate until chilled.

To make the ice cream, whisk together all of the ice cream ingredients in a large bowl until the sugar has melted. Pour into an ice cream machine and freeze according to the directions that accompany the machine.

Remove the ice cream from the machine and place in a large bowl. Immediately add the chilled rhubarb sauce to the ice cream and fold in lightly, leaving the rhubarb in swirls throughout the vanilla ice cream. Scoop into a freezer container and freeze for about 2 hours before eating. If frozen longer, place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to slightly soften before serving.

Makes about 1 1/2 quarts (6 cups)

Tip: You do need an ice cream machine to make this recipe. It may be worth it to buy one as they're really quite inexpensive and all the big box retailers sell them. However, I don't know why you couldn't just fold the rhubarb sauce into 1 quart of softened super-good purchased vanilla ice cream for a similar result. It won't be quite as good as totally homemade and I haven't tried it, but it should work. If you try it, let me know how it comes out.


  1. I love the idea of rhubarb swirled through vanilla ice cream; I'm going to try it! We just made rhubarb bars this afternoon; delicious!

  2. I hope it turns out. Mmmmmm...rhubarb bars, I definitely need to make those too.

  3. This sounds heavenly! Gorgeous presentation! Yum!First i am going to bought a Ice machine as i dnt have and after visiting many sites on net get a good site where i get a Ice Making Machine and after that i tried for ur receipe and it was reallyyyyyyyy very very yummyyyyyyyyy..............thnx for such a nice post

  4. Oh no now Rhubarb Ice Cream. You are killing me.
    Keep the Rhubarb to yourself.

  5. Ha! Try it, you might surprise yourself!

  6. Don't let 'em gobble all your earthworms (yuuuum!)or you may find yourself resorting to the below (ha!).,default,pd.html

  7. I don't know, earthworm eggs may be more than I can handle although I'm sure the chicks would love me for it!



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