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Homemade ice cream on the go with a thermal cooker. So cool!
Few things are more fun with family events than homemade ice cream. Especially when you can take the ice cream with you on the go!
But how can you do that easily and not have it melt, you might ask?
Well, you can stick it in your cooler with all the ice and all the other stuff, and maybe you have great luck with it. We haven’t.
I tell you, making homemade ice cream and putting it in your thermal cooker and taking it with you on your adventures is where it’s at.
You may be wondering – WHAT’S A THERMAL COOKER?
This is a thermal cooker:
And no worries, I imagine that you probably haven’t seen one or even heard about one before. I’ve got you covered. I’ve written another article called “What is a Thermal Cooker & How Does it Work” and it will help you out immensely! 🙂
So in the meantime…
Now on to How to Have Perfectly Cold Homemade Ice Cream on the Go!
One of our favorite family traditions is to enjoy homemade ice cream while watching fireworks for Independence Day.
We often leave home late afternoon and go off with family doing all kinds of fun activities outdoors, then end up in the evening at a place where we can watch the fireworks – and eat perfectly cold and scoopable homemade ice cream. Amazing.
So how can we have nice, cold, perfectly scoopable homemade ice cream to eat after being gone for several hours? That’s the magic of Thermal Cookers.
My husband introduced me to Thermal Cookers years ago through his preparedness business and I’ve loved them for all the ease they give me with cooking. (You can read more about what Thermal Cookers are and how they work here.)
Yes, Thermal Cookers are made to COOK meals. Like soups, stews, chicken dinners, roasts, rice, etc…. And I have a whole lot of meals in them over the years, and then it hit me. . .
Once I realized that Thermal Cookers simply retain the temperature of what’s inside of them for hours, it occurred to me that if they can retain heat for hours (which they do fantastically), they can also retain cold temperatures for hours!
Voila! I now had an instant homemade ice cream transporter!!!
Here’s How You Do It…
First, you make your homemade ice cream how you usually do it.
We use this ice cream maker that we were given for a wedding present. Still works great!
Second, pour your finished ice cream into the Inner Pot of the Thermal Cooker.
Third, put the lid on the Inner Pot of the Thermal Cooker and put it in your freezer.
Let it freeze rock solid overnight or longer.
Fourth, when you’re ready to head out on your excursion, put the Inner Pot into the Outer Pot of the Thermal Cooker, and take it with you wherever you go!
Be mindful of not letting the Thermal Cooker sit in direct sun when you have your ice cream in it. Take care of it like you would anything you want to keep cold.
Then the Big Finale!
Enjoy your perfectly cold and scoopable homemade ice cream wherever you end up!
Recipes used in these pictures: I’ve also included recipe sizes that work great with Thermal Cookers. One important tip about using thermal cookers is that for maximum efficiency, they need to be full or near full. Hence the gallon size recipes I’ve included.
Mmmm mmmm… Enjoy!
And to help you out, here are more articles about Thermal Cookers:
- What is a Thermal Cooker & How Does it Work?
- How to Use a Thermal Cooker (link coming soon!)
- How to Make Yogurt in a Thermal Cooker
- Easy Meals to Make While Camping (link coming soon!)
- Easy & Eggless Homemade Cookies & Cream Ice Cream
- Yummy Homemade Strawberry Banana Ice Cream