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Plastic Free July: Homemade Ice Cream

Celebrating Plastic Free July with…Homemade Ice Cream!

As we strive to reduce our environmental impact and eliminate single-use plastics from our lives, Plastic Free July has become a global movement encouraging individuals to make conscious choices for a more sustainable future.

This summer, why not cool down and indulge in a sweet treat while minimizing plastic waste? Say goodbye to store-bought ice cream tubs wrapped in plastic and hello to homemade, plastic-free ice cream creations! We’re exploring how you can enjoy delicious homemade ice cream, while also reducing your ecological footprint.

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Why Homemade Ice Cream

There’s something wonderful about making your own ice cream. It allows you to control the ingredients, experiment with flavors, and tailor the sweetness to your preference. By making ice cream at home, you have the power to choose sustainable ingredients and packaging, reducing the environmental impact associated with commercial ice cream production.

Sustainable Ingredients for your Homemade Ice Cream

When shopping for ingredients, opt for locally sourced, organic dairy products or plant-based alternatives. Look for milk and cream in glass bottles or cartons, as these can be easily recycled.

Supporting local farmers not only reduces food miles but also promotes a more sustainable food system. Or, even better, use your own produce! In the photo below, I used haskap berries from my garden as the flavour for my first batch of ice cream.

Additionally, consider using fair-trade and ethically sourced ingredients like cocoa powder and vanilla to support responsible farming practices.

preparing fruit for homemade ice cream
Step 1: Haskap berries freshly picked and in the food processor

Homemade Ice Cream Packaging Alternatives

To store your ice cream, opt for reusable glass or stainless steel containers. Mason jars work particularly well for storing smaller batches or individual servings of homemade ice cream. You can also cover your container with a reusable beeswax wrap or silicone lid for added freshness.

adding sugar to tart berries for homemade ice cream
Step 2: Added sugar to these tart berries

Get Creative with your Flavours

Now comes the fun partโ€”experimenting with flavors! Take advantage of Plastic Free July to explore new taste combinations for your homemade ice cream.

Consider using locally sourced fruits, such as strawberries, peaches, or raspberries to add a burst of freshness to your homemade creations. Also consider what ingredients you can use that are already growing in your yard, or in season locally.

I had tasted haskap (honeyberry) sorbet at a restaurant and was so inspired that I came home and picked all of mine to make into ice cream! Experiment with herbs, spices, or even a touch of fair-trade coffee to create unique and delightful flavor profiles.

homemade ice cream being churned
Step 3: Ice cream being churned

Sharing is Caring

Invite friends and family to join your plastic free homemade ice cream adventure. Host an ice cream social or bring your homemade treats to gatherings in reusable containers. This not only promotes the reduction of single-use plastic, but also might inspire others to give homemade ice cream a try!

homemade ice cream
Step 4: Ready to eat!

Conclusion

Plastic Free July provides the perfect opportunity to eliminate single-use plastics from store-bought ice cream and indulge in some homemade frozen treats. By choosing sustainable ingredients, using plastic free equipment and storage, and exploring creative flavors, we can create amazing ice cream while minimizing our environmental impact.

So, let’s embrace the spirit of Plastic Free July and cool down this summer with homemade ice cream that’s as delicious as it is eco-friendly!

Have you ever made your own ice cream?

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