Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Kentucky Milk and Garden Strawberries


I’m not sure what it is about a dairy, but if there is one in the area, I have to visit it. It might be the memories of my first farm visit in grade school, or maybe it is simply because I like cheese and ice cream so much. There is just something about cows, milk and the family history that warms my heart.

There are two dairies in Kentucky selling their milk locally that I know of. (perhaps more I don’t). I happened to visit one of these last week – Chaney’s Dairy Barn in Bowling Green, KY.



After meeting owner, Carl, we got a wonderful history lesson about the dairy including a tour through pictures that dated back to the 1800s. This is a family dairy in the truest sense of the term. They also raise Jersey’s. In case you are curious, if I had to pick a favorite cow, it would easily be a tie between the Jersey with their big eyelashes and the black and white oreo cows.

The big red barn with the comical cartoon cows eating ice cream cones can’t be missed when you are driving by. It is also set on some gorgeous western Kentucky farmland. The glow at dusk was beautiful.




We went for a dinner of grilled cheese on homemade wheat bread and potato soup, and that was delicious. However, all I could think about while enjoying my dinner was ice cream!

Once I got to that point in my meal, I realized this was not going to be an easy decision to make. I finally ended up with some Big Red Rumble which was loaded with red velvet cake.





I had gone prepared with a cooler because I knew I wanted to bring home some milk. I loaded up with some whole and 2% packed well with ice for my 3 hour drive home.

Once I got home, guess what I found? Yep, strawberries. My husband had already picked several quarts while I was traveling.

With Kentucky milk and garden strawberries, his first thought? Ice cream!

I’ll be honest; I’m a little lazy with my ice cream making. I’ve made more complex ice creams with eggs and a mix of cream and milk, but when I want it quick, I usually just pull out the whole milk. That’s what I did in this case.

I also like to experiment with something other than white sugar and as a result my ice cream isn’t overly sweet. This time I used Demerara. That is a great quick ice cream when you have limited ingredients. However, if you want a super creamy, sweet ice cream you might want to splurge for a more traditional recipe.

That being said, nothing beats a fresh strawberry ice cream of any type. I’ve recently learned that pureeing the berries is the best way to get the strawberry flavor in every bite.

Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

3 cups whole milk
¾ cup Demerara sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup strawberry puree

In a bowl, mix together the milk, sugar and vanilla until the sugar has dissolved slightly. This takes longer with the coarsely grained Demerara.

Turn on your countertop ice cream maker and pour the mixture in. Let mix until it begins to firm, about 15 minutes and add the strawberries. Continue to mix/freeze until firm. Place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes if you want your ice cream a little more firm. Makes about 10 ½ cup servings.



Chaney's Dairy Barn
9191 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101
270-843-5567

18 comments:

Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

Lori your pictures in this post look fantastic! :)

TasteHongKong said...

Am afraid your husband has downplayed the lovely ice cream : ).

sam henderson said...

That ice cream looks wonderful. Great photos of the farm. I love to make ice cream. I will definitely try this recipe.

Lori said...

Andrea - Thanks! I know you aren't diggin' the strawberry posts. ;) I'll be moving on soon!

TasteHongKong - Ha, ha! He did finish it all off last night. :)

Sam - Thanks and thanks for swinging by the blog with your comment!

kate said...

omg that ice cream looks to die for, nothing better than local strawberries I need to get back to KY and get some asap!

Joanne said...

I have to admit, I have NOT experimented with my ice cream maker enough. That needs to end. Now, if only I could find a local dairy with fresh milk and grow strawberries in my yard...

This ice cream looks and sounds superb!

5 Star Foodie said...

Your strawberry ice cream looks absolutely fantastic! We got some fresh local strawberries and I would love to make an ice cream just like this for 5 star foodie jr. And for me too :)

cathy said...

Awesome. The ice cream looks delish, and the ingredients - swoon! I think I will give this a try!

Anonymous said...

The ice cream sounds good. We will have to wait a while here in Maine for our strawberries to ripen.

I kept looking for pictures of their Jerseys though. I have my own cow (Jersey) but always like to see other people's cows.

Janet in Maine

Anna said...

Awwwww...I'm so happy that ice cream season started,Your ice cream looks delicious, can't wait to try some fresh flavors. loved the picture with the cow having ice cream...hilarious.... great pics Lori.

kat said...

Oh homemade strawberry ice cream is the best! I can't ever hear or read the name Bowling Green without thinking of the song "Come on Back to Bowling Green and Marry Me Vanna White"

Peggy said...

I haven't busted out my ice cream maker in quite some time, and we're overloaded with strawberries from our CSA (hey, I'm not complaining!) - so I think me and this ice cream have a date! =)

Juliana said...

Nice pictures Lori...love the ice cream truck :-) Too bad I do not own an ice cream maker...one of this days...hope you are having a great week :-)

Daily Spud said...

I have to say that I have a soft spot for anything dairy too. And as for strawberries, I'll take them in almost any form they come - that ice cream, along with a few fresh strawberries, will do nicely :)

Christy said...

I love the name of your blog!! Fake food free...LOL:D

What a lovely pic of the ice-cream and the sweet sweet pastel shade just makes it all the more alluring!) I LOVE strawberries, my fave fruit!!!:D

OysterCulture said...

Sounds fantastic, and I'm with you regarding ice creams, not a big custard fan which is why I stick with sorbets. Your version on the other hand looks amazing. The big craze around here is camel milk. Wonder how that would go with strawberries?

Lori said...

kate - They are ripe and ready right now. I love this time of year!

Joanne - Agree, you need to change that and it's the perfect season to do so! :)

5 Star - Thanks! I hope you get to make some.

cathy - Thanks!

Janet - I got see some of the cows across the field, but none close up. They ahve tours, but you have to schedule them ahead of time. I love Jersey's, such beautiful eyes!

Anna - Me too, I have to work harder to use my ice cream maker more often this year!

kat - Ha! It's a cool little town.

Peggy - Lots of strawberries is a very good problem!

Daily Spud - It's been difficult to turn them into anything because I've been eating them fresh by the bowlful!

Christy - Thanks! I'm a big strawberry fan as well.

Deb in Hawaii said...

That is a magazine quality photo of the ice cream--beautiful. I love that it is not too heavy and too sweet--it looks delicious. ;-)