We are supposed to get more snow this week in Virginia. This has been of the most snow-filled winters we have had in a long time. One new thing we tried this year with all of the snow is snow ice cream. It is so fun for the kids to make, refreshing and delicious. I give each of my kids a bowl and they go outside with ice cream scoops to collect the snow for this exciting treat. I always tell them to make sure they use WHITE snow :). If you do not have snow where you live, you can simply add some ice to a blender to make faux snow :). This ice cream is cost effective and a much better alternative to many of the store-bought ice creams.
We use coconut milk because we all love the taste of coconut. However, almond milk or dairy milk will work too. My favorite brand of coconut milk is Aroy-D Coconut Milk, which is very smooth and creamy. It is 100% coconut milk with no preservatives, stabilizers, thickeners or gums added. It is also gluten free, vegan, soy free and dairy free. Unlike most of the coconut milk products available, Aroy-D is not diluted, which means no additives are needed. The product is packaged in modern paper cartons to eliminate the issue of BPA contamination that comes with packaging in cans. The shelf life is one year and it does not separate much, even when refrigerated.
Is it safe to eat snow?
Yes, you can eat snow! Snow is crystallized water, meaning it’s actually more pure than most types of precipitation. If you think about how snow forms in the atmosphere, it’s essentially frozen distilled water, crystallized around a tiny particle, so it might even be more pure than the stuff coming out of your faucet. Campers and mountaineers all over the world use snow as their primary water source without incident. Even if you live in a city, you can eat clean snow.
Snow does fall through the atmosphere before hitting the ground, so it can pick up dust particles and other impurities in the air. If the snow has been falling a while, most of these particles have already washed out. The biggest consideration for snow safety is where and how you collect the snow.
You don’t want snow that is touching the soil or street, so either scoop up clean snow above this layer or use a clean pan or bowl to collect fresh falling snow. Be sure to use the freshest snow you can find, since the wind deposits a fine layer of dirt and pollutants onto the top layer of snow within a day or so. (Source)
Snow Ice Cream
- 4 cups fresh snow
- 1/4 cups coconut milk
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
1. Combine coconut milk, honey and vanilla.
2. Stir mixture into fresh snow.
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