Warmer temperatures are here so bring on the cool treats. Ice cream is the perfect food to pair with a lovely sunny spring or summer day. Luckily for me, I got my husband an ice cream maker for Christmas. It’s another one of those self-serving presents, but he had mentioned wanting one. I think we’re really going to get some use out of it, too.
Even before the mercury began to rise, Morgan gave the ice cream maker a few spins. He made a chocolate ice cream with Oreos in it as well as a Heath Bar ice cream. Both were delicious.
For Mother’s Day, he concocted a special treat for his mom. He made a giant chocolate chip cookie as a pie crust and filled the crust with homemade vanilla ice cream topped with additional chocolate chips. It was a big hit with everyone.
The real ice cream triumph came last Friday night though, and I admit I was skeptical of this at first. Morgan decided he wanted to make strawberry ice cream using some fresh strawberries we were given. The secret ingredient he planned to add to this ice cream was balsamic vinegar. Vinegar? In ice cream? I couldn’t quite imagine it.
He began by macerating the strawberries in some sugar and added that to the ice cream mixture. Into the remaining liquid from the strawberries he added some balsamic vinegar. He gave me a little taste of the berries with the balsamic and it was pretty good. It did make my face pucker up a bit, but overall it was an intriguing and not-unpleasant taste. He then made the mistake of letting me taste the strawberry ice cream before he added the balsamic mixture. It was so good. I made a bit of a face and he knew exactly what I was thinking.
“You don’t want me to add the balsamic, do you?” he asked.
“Well, it is awfully good just by itself,” I said.
Marriage (and ice cream apparently) is all about comprise so he dipped out some of the plain strawberry ice cream before adding in the vinegar mixture.
Then, he let me taste the strawberry balsamic ice cream. It was amazing. I can’t really figure out the science of why those flavors work so well together, but they do. If you make any homemade strawberry ice cream this season, I definitely recommend adding in this unusual ingredient to make it extra special!
Kitsey Burns Harrison is a reporter for The Yadkin Ripple, here she shares her musings on food, life and love. She can be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.