Wooden ice cream maker freezers were a big part of our summers. I can remember it like it was yesterday. Dad went to the small grocery store in our tiny hometown, and bought a big block of ice.
Many little stores carried block ice in those days. When Dad got the block of ice home, he put it in a tow sack, and broke it up with that flat side of his chopping ax.
While this was going on, Mom was busy mixing up the recipe for old fashioned homemade vanilla ice cream or one of our other favorites like the homemade ice cream with Oreos recipe below. Then, someone, usually one of us kids, brought the old White Mountain ice cream maker out of the pantry in one hand and a box of rock salt in the other.
Dad usually began the cranking, but later my siblings and I took turns turning the crank on the old wooden ice cream freezer, while another one of us sat on the tow sack, which was now folded and laid on top of the freezer.
Burr, that was cold! When the cream was nearly done, both sets of my grandparents showed up with their freezers full of cream and already frozen.
Since those days, I have wanted one of those old freezers, and I have promised myself more than once to have one. I just made that promise again.
Easy Homemade Ice Cream with Oreo Cookies Recipe
- 3 egg yolks
- 1-14oz can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tbsp. water
- 4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup coarsely crushed Oreo cookies
- 2 cups whipping cream
In large bowl, beat egg yolks; stir in Eagle Brand, water and vanilla. Fold in cookies and whipped cream. Pour into aluminum foil lined 9x5 inch loaf pan or other 2 quart container. Cover, freeze 6 hours or until firm. OR for best results, add to ice cream freezer and follow manufacturer's instructions to freeze ice cream. Scoop ice cream from freezer or peel off foil and slice. Return leftovers to freezer.
Mom's (Mamaw's) Recipe is also on Mom's Red Kitchen.
White Mountain Ice Cream Freezers History
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The White Mountain Ice Cream freezer company started in in Laconia, New Hampshire in 1872. The freezer’s inventor and company proprietor was Thomas Sands. After the factory burned, it was relocated to Nashua, New Hampshire.
In 1974, the company was purchased by an investment group headed by William H. Potter Jr. Mr. Potter bought out his partners in 1981and remains the president and owner of White Mountain Ice Cream Freezer Company to this very day.