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Chuck Hinman: IJMA No. 368: Goat Milk Ice Cream

Chuck Hinman. It's Just Me Again No. 368: Goat's Milk Ice Cream!
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by Chuck Hinman

A few years after Connie and I were married we were invited to a family reunion at my second cousin's, the Flippo's at Abilene, Kansas. They lived on a farm. Some one in their family had a health need for which goat milk was the remedy. There wasn't a milk cow on their place. But they did have a large herd of milk goats. I need to mention that the Flippo family over the years had been our closest relative-friends. They were more like first cousins and we spent lots of time, enjoying each other's company. Connie was being introduced to them for the first time.

Sometime in the afternoon while we were there, it was announced, that we were going to have a treat -- good ole' goat's milk ice cream. Oh yummy -- Ice Cream! Ice Cream! We all scream for Ice Cream! That's what we kids always used to yell while cranking the ice cream freezer!

I would say that I like close to 100% of all foods. My only aversion to a food is when it is not commonly eaten by most people, e.g. squirrel, wild rabbit, possum, roadside persimmons, and goat's milk! And if you think, I am finicky about food you should have known Connie.Well, we were given the uncommon treat of being in on the ice cream making from the ground-up.

My part - I got to help milk the goats - my first experience! Now I'm not a kid - understand I am a businessman not necessarily looking for a "cheap thrill" ala milking an old goat with only two "thingies" between her back legs. I'm more at home with four! I grew up on a farm and was long past the thrill of even milking a cow!

Connie - always anxious to help in the kitchen on occasions of meeting new family members was in on making the ice cream. First thing to get her attention was the ice cream was being made with raw eggs. Connie was knowledgeable about food preparation and knew that some people including both of us did not relish the idea of eating uncooked eggs in ice cream!

Nevertheless, being a good guest she said nothing but gulped twice when she found out that the fresh milk just brought into the kitchen for the ice cream was goat's milk. Oh Goody Yummy - goat's milk ice cream - made with raw eggs! She tried her best to act excited! But she about lost it when the host added some strawberry flavoring - so that the finished product not only seemed strange - its light pink coloring made it look absolutely gross! What to do!

Well, it came time to share in the enjoyment of home made ice cream! Connie and I both begged off with the same excuse, we were still full from dinner! We just couldn't eat another bite! Really!

Years later, when we got together, we still had a good laugh over our aversion to goat's milk ice cream with raw eggs! And light pink? You can have mine...... and mine too! ~ Shudder!

Baaaaa! - Chuck Hinman

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